scavenger huntSpring is in the air, and everywhere people are outside exploring and soaking up the sunshine. It's been a long winter, and it's time for some outdoor fun.

One great way to get kids up and away from all the electronics is to organize an old-fashioned scavenger hunt. They may roll their eyes at the idea, but once they get going, they'll have a blast. The best part about scavenger hunts is that you can do them anywhere -- at home or while on vacation. You just need some inspiration and willing participants. Here are seven ideas for scavenger hunts that will get your kids hyped up.

1. Items in nature

Give them a list with things like pine cones, something smooth, something fuzzy, and a type of seed, then send them outside to find them.

2. Get a clue

A little more challenging is making them solve puzzles along the way.

3. Zoo scavenger hunt

Especially good for younger children, you can print a list of animals to find here.

4. Super Hero Scavenger Hunt

Over at the blog On (the Laundry) Line, Laura shows how she put together a super one for her kids.

5. Beach scavenger hunt

From shells to seaweed and other treasures, there's plenty to hunt for near the water.

6. Photography scavenger hunt

Instead of having them actually gather items, give everyone a camera or camera phone and have them take pictures of a variety of items and/or places.

7. Colors or letters scavenger hunt

Perfect for those learning their numbers or colors (and still fun for everyone), you can have them find items that start with a set of letters or have certain colors in them.

 What scavenger hunt ideas would you add?


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