Autumn Scavenger Hunt for Kids with FREE Printable

September 28, 2020 11 Comments
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I love the Autumn, when the leaves start to fall, and the nights start to draw in.  We love getting outdoors, and just because the weather isn’t as good, it doesn’t put us off! You cant beat a good Autumn Scavenger Hunt, and what better time to do it when there are loads of acorns, conkers and other treasures to find!  I’ve included a FREE printable in this post, so if you want to give it a go yourself you can simply print one off and you’re all set.

Our Autumn Scavenger Hunt

The first time we did this we headed off to Hatfield Forest, which is only 20 minutes drive.  It’s a National Trust forest so it’s well looked after and costs just £6.00 for parking, or free if you are a National Trust member like us.  There is enough there to keep the family entertained for hours, so is an absolute bargain.

Autumn Scavenger Hunt

I made our Autumn Scavenger Hunt sheets, printed them off and laminated them for the kids.  Armed with this and their Scrunch Buckets we headed off.  We started around the lake first, partly because I wanted to get a cuppa from the little shop, but also I knew that’s where most of the Horse Chestnut trees were. The girls got straight into hunting for treasures, Oliver was more interested in finding sticks, but that didn’t matter they were all enjoying themselves and had the space and freedom to enjoy their surroundings.

We then went into the forest, and found an area perfect for den building. James and the kids set straight to it, and the kids loved collecting logs for the build, but I have a feeling this past time may have been enjoyed more by James!

In this area there were also lots of trees to climb, including some horizontal ones, which were much more manageable for Oliver!

As well as doing our Autumn Scavenger Hunt, we also feed the ducks, and picked and ate wild blackberries!  We all had a fantastic day, and the kids loved looking at their treasure haul when we got home.


The treasures were put to good use, we decorated a shoe box for Isla’s school project for Harvest festival, and the conkers are destined to go on shoelaces for the kids first experience of playing conkers!  We even made some conker and acorn creatures.

Pin It For Later!

Autumn Scavenger Hunt Pin

Check out our Nature Inspired Autumn Kids Craft post for some inspiration on what to do with your treasure haul!

Have you done an Autumn scavenger hunt before? What sort of things did you go hunting for?  If you need more inspiration of what to do this autumn then check out our post 8 Awesome Outdoor Autumn Activities to do with Kids.

If you would like to do your own scavenger hunt, a copy of ours is in ‘The Secret Garden’ section, my subscriber only area full of free downloads. If you’d like access to it, just pop your details in below.  Just remember to let me know how it goes!

Kerry x


  • Rachel George, Ordinary Hopes October 10, 2016 at 8:39 pm

    A perfect idea for us to do tomorrow. Autumnal scavenger hunts are the best! #KCACOLS

  • Kate Eccles October 10, 2016 at 9:27 pm

    Such a great idea 🙂 We’ve been conker hunting but must do this! #KCACOLS

  • Kirsty - Winnettes October 12, 2016 at 1:19 pm

    I’ve never done a scavenger hunt before. That is quite a large woodland haul! #KCACOLS

  • Maria October 12, 2016 at 3:57 pm

    We’ve never been on a scavenger hunt before but it looks like great fun! My boys love building dens.

    Thank you for linking up to #KCACOLS and I hope to see you back again on Sunday

  • Madeline (This Glorious Life) October 13, 2016 at 2:15 pm

    I was just saying to my husband last weekend that we should do something like this for our son, as we were out for a walk in the woods and he kept searching for ‘mysteries’! Looks like you had a lot of fun! x #KCACOLS

  • Gabriela Green October 14, 2016 at 1:04 pm

    Looks like a great outdoor activity for kids! #KCACOLS

  • Lynda @toddlerbabyworld October 14, 2016 at 1:54 pm

    I really enjoyed reading your post. I thought your post was beautifully written. Thanks for all these benefical informations.

  • Karen, the next best thing to mummy September 27, 2019 at 9:45 am

    This is something that I did every autumn with the children when I was working as a registered child minder, great fun and educational too#kidsandkreativity@_karendennis

  • Naomi October 2, 2019 at 7:38 am

    What a fantastic idea! I’m going to pin these now for the wkend ! #kidsandkreativity

  • Kim October 2, 2020 at 7:48 am

    Hi, I’ve subscribed to your page but can’t seem to be able to print the scavenger hunt or find it anywhere..
    Please can you send it to me if possible?
    Many thanks

    • Kerry October 7, 2020 at 1:40 pm

      Hi Kim, Firstly thank you for subscribing! If you’ve subscribed you should have the confirmation e-mail with the password to ‘The Secret Garden’ which you can access from menu at the top or sidebar. It’s in there. Any problems please e-mail me at and I can send it to you.

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