The Ultimate Photographic Scavenger Hunt

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Have you ever been on a scavenger hunt? It’s a great outdoor activity for children (and adults) of all ages.  You can have a scavenger hunt when camping, hiking, walking, or even at the local park. Played with competing teams or as a single group it’s a wonderful way to fine-tune observational skills and connect with your surroundings.

Photographic Scavenger Hunt

Using a camera (either a traditional camera or smartphone) widens the scope of items that can be included (e.g. clouds in the sky, or reflections on the water). Objects remain in their natural environment, and not having to find homes for the various rocks, leaves, sticks, and insects that children collect and insist on keeping is an added bonus.

Pictures that are taken from a child’s perspective are always interesting. It’s fun to view the photos afterwards and hear about why they included certain objects.  As an additional activity,  you can make a photo book of the pictures when you get home.

Need a child-friendly camera? Here are some great options:

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Kidizoom Duo 5.0 Camera Blue (new version)
  • Take high quality 5 megapixel photos and videos of you and your friends with this dual lens camera.
  • Switch between the two lenses with the dedicated switching button.
  • Apply fun effects, stamps and frames to your photos and videos.
  • Features include 4X digital zoom, games, voice recorder, wacky photo shaker, photo editor and more.
  • Include a large 2.4" colour LCD screen.
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BOMEON Underwater Camera for Kids 12MP HD Underwater Action Camera Camcorder with 8X Digital Zoom 2.0 Inch LCD Display with 8G SD Card
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EXCELVAN Kids Camera HD Digital Camera 2 inch Screen Wide Angle 110 Degrees Mic Non-Slip and Anti-Drop Design Children's Day For 3-6 Year Old Children Blue
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  • 【3.0 Mega pixels and 720P HD video】: Greatly improved the photos definition compared with other children cameras on the market. The toy video camera can take up to 1208 x720 Video
  • 【Multiple functions】: This digital camera equipped with built-in microphone, auto flash light, 2.0'' color LCD screen, supports photo capture, video recording and playback. Let your kids save their precious experiences with this little camera.Addition, it also increase self-timer.
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  • 【Creative Photo Frames】: Equipped with 6 interesting photo frames, this digital camera can attract kids'attention and increase their interest in taking photos and videos. They will have a wonderful journey of exploring the surrounding world.

Set some rules

If you are playing in teams, establish some ground rules before setting off. Adapt them to suit your circumstances, but be sure to include rules relating to safety, such as which areas are out of bounds, and making sure everyone in the team sticks together. Also, set a time limit and an end meeting point if groups are going off in different directions.

A fun rule could be that at least one photo must include everyone in the group (a creative ‘team selfie’).

Photographic Scavenger Hunt ideas

Below are three themes and ideas for a photographic scavenger hunt.  Use these ideas, or adapt them to suit your own family or group.

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Looking for more outdoor scavenger hunt ideas? Here are some great games to take anywhere:

gofindit - outdoor nature treasure hunt card game for families
  • A natural outdoor treasure hunt
  • Fun game for all the family
  • A perfect companion to any outdoor trip, fits easily into a pocket
  • Great at encouraging sensory outdoor discovery
  • Game can last from 2 mins to the whole day

Outset Media Family Scavenger Hunt Card Game
  • Acid and toxic free
  • Suitable for scrapbooking projects
  • Made in USA
  • Designed for easy usage and storage

Card 'N' Go Seek Game
  • Card 'N' Go Seek game delivers get-out-of-your-seat scavenger hunt fun for the whole family!
  • Each card describes a type of item that players must find and retrieve. The first player to get back with the correct thing wins the matching card!
  • The first player to win one card of each color OR three cards of the same color wins the game!
  • Every new environment invites new ways to play - the world is your game!
  • Includes 150 cards, portable plastic case and instructions.  Recommended for ages 7+  ( Requires at least 2 players)

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