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Take a hike with this printable Forest Scavenger Hunt. Explore the woods while boosting your child’s observation skills.

Items You Will Look for with the Forest Scavenger Hunt

Your student will search the forest for these items:

  • Salamander
  • Puddle
  • Berries
  • Mushroom
  • Squirrel
  • Deer
  • Caterpillar
  • Feather
  • Leaves (three different types)
  • Pinecone
  • Acorn
  • Tree Stump
  • Bird
  • Forked Stick
  • Spider
  • Fern

Bonus items to look for:

The Forest Scavenger Hunt gives the student a few bonus things to find.

  • Look up! Can you spot a bird’s nest in the trees?
  • Look down! Can you spot any animal tracks?

As your student locates each item, have her color it on the printable page provided.

For extra fun, give your student a magnifying glass and allow him to carefully examine some of the items as he finds them.

Note: Be careful of berries and mushrooms that aren’t edible. Some things are best observed and not touched (and especially not tasted).

Benefits of the Forest Scavenger Hunt

This forest scavenger hunt is great as a go-along with your forest animals theme. It provides many benefits for your student.

  1. Scavenger hunts boost observation skills. As your child looks for objects, she will develop better observation skills.
  2. Scavenger hunts require movement; this promotes gross motor development.
  3. A scavenger hunt can provide safe sensory input for your student (listen to the bird sing, touch the acorn, smell the earthy scent of the woods, etc.)
  4. If you work on the scavenger hunt as a team, it will promote cooperation and social skills development.

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More Forest Animal Printables

Are you heading into the woods for a learning adventure? Try some of these additional forest animal themed resources.

Forest Animals Printables
Squirrel Lapbook
Forest Animal Coloring Pages