How To Make A Photo Scavenger Hunt For Toddlers And Preschoolers

Download a free PDF to set up a fun photo scavenger hunt for your toddler or preschooler. Cards include colors, shapes, letters, and numbers.

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Easy photo scavenger hunt for your toddler or preschooler

This easy scavenger hunt will help keep your toddler or preschooler busy having fun while also learning.  There are so many great ideas for scavenger hunts and here are some that are perfect for 3 and 4 year olds.

I actually got this idea from my toddler because every time I leave my phone on the floor, she turns on the camera and takes a bunch of pictures.  It is so fun to look at them later and see what photos she has taken.  So I thought why not use something she already does to create a fun learning activity?

Simple indoor learning activity.  Use your phone and a FREE PRINTABLE to help your kids learn letters, numbers, colors, and shapes!

Scavenger Hunt Supplies List

  1. Your phone or a child safe camera (The VTech Kidizoom and the VTech Kidizoom Camera Pix both have great reviews)
  2. Scavenger hunt cards (Download all the scavenger hunt cards for FREE!)
  3. Something to laminate your cards (optional)
    1. You can use packing tape, a laminator, Dry Erase Pockets Sleeves
      or self-sealing laminating sheets
  4. A pen, pencil, crayon, or dry erase marker

How to prepare

  1. Print out a set of cards for each child.
  2. Laminate the card or use a pocket (optional)
  3. Make sure each child playing has a camera or phone to take pictures
  4. When a child finishes, you will check that the child has taken all the pictures on their card. 

Rules for the Scavenger Hunt

  1. Using the cards as a reference, find all of the items and take a picture
  2. Cross off each item as you go
  3. The first child to correctly take a picture of all the items on their card wins!

Scavenger Hunt Cards

I have created 4 different types of scavenger hunts below with a few different difficulty levels for your little ones. 

For the shapes and colors, the name is also written out to the side.  This will allow your child/children to associate the word with the shape or color.


Have your child/children take a picture of an object for each color on the card.


There are 2 different cards for shapes.  The first card is basic shapes and the second card has more advanced shapes. 

  • For early shape recognition, your child/children can find the shapes on a box, label, or book  
  • For more advanced shape recognition, your child/children can find household objects that are the same shape  


There are 6 different cards for letters.  Cards 1 and 2 are capital letters, cards 3 and 4 are lower case letters, and cards 5 and 6 are a combination of both. 

  • For early readers, your child/children can take a picture of each letter on a box, label, or book. 
  • For more advanced readers, your child/children can take a picture of an object whose name starts with that letter.  


There are 2 cards for numbers.  Card 1 has numbers 1 to 10 listed.  Card 2 has numbers 11 to 20 listed.

  • Have your child/children find the number on a box, label, or book and take a picture
  • Have your child/children count that number of objects and take a picture

I hope you and your child/children enjoy taking photos of colors, shapes, letters, and numbers.  You can download all the cards, directions, and shopping list here for FREE!

What is your favorite idea for a scavenger hunt?

FREE PRINTABLE learning activity for your kids! Lots of indoor fun with this photo scavenger hunt. Help your child learn the alphabet, numbers, colors, and shapes.
Free Printable photo scavenger hunt. Perfect for 3 and 4 year olds on rainy days.
FREE PRINTABLE indoor photo scavenger hunt for kids!

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