Photo Scavenger Hunt

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I have been trying to find great activities to keep the boredom complaints to a minimum this summer.  This one was easy, free, and took about 5 seconds of preparation!

All that I needed to do was to draw and write items on a piece of paper, give the kids an old camera, and sit down to finish paperwork while I listened to them laughing and running around the yard completing their photo scavenger hunt.

The list I made for them (excuse my lack of artistic talent!):

And here are some of the pictures that the kids took to complete their challenge:













I find it interesting that the kids had such different interpretations of what was on the list.  As an example, these are two interpretations of the word “garbage”:







I also love their different perspectives:






And this one is just plain cute:


  1. What a fun activity. Goldilocks broke my camera so I am with out one for now. I hope to borrow my mom’s this weekend. You all do such amazing and fun things.
    Blessings, Dawn

  2. This is awesome, Sharla! I love the photos the kids took – such a great way to see things from their perspective!

  3. I love this idea!!! I might just have to do it with Sarah.

  4. So fun. Love the picture at the end 🙂

  5. Caramia Sommers says:

    Love the bucket list and am taping inside kitchen cabinet door. I have 5 that I homeschool so I get the business without being engaged and although I am getting better each year, this will totally help. Thank you so much! I pinned the photo scavenger hunt as well. Thanks.

  6. Karen Giles says:

    Just read your ideas and enjoyed many of them when my kids were small (all grown up now). But we loved the idea of a photograph scavenger hunt so we’re compiling a list of items for us to spread out and photograph while on holiday in an unfamilar city. There’ll be one point for each correct item and a bonus point for each item where no-one else has got the same one. Can’t wait to see what we all come up with.


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