Free Thanksgiving Photo Scavenger Hunt For Kids

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Thanksgiving is a time when we all get together with friends and family, but often is a time when older kids get a little overwhelmed. This Thanksgiving photo scavenger hunt is a great way for older children, and adults to have fun without feeling the pressure of talking to people they may not see so regularly.

Let’s make this Thanksgiving extra special with enjoyable and imaginative Thanksgiving activities for kids young and old.

It’s also a great way to keep track of them when they need to leave the house to take some of the photos.

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Thanksgiving scavenger hunt for teenagers

Every year prior to this one we got the younger kids together and had fun with our Thanksgiving scavenger hunt rhyming clues, but unfortunately, as the kids are now getting a little older it is just not cool.

But that’s ok, I can make anything cool! This modern twist on an old family favorite is a great way that kids will feel more independent, but creative at the same time.

You can play this just with the kids, or with the entire family. But it is best if played in teams of at least 2 per team.

Make sure each team has at least one cell phone, I’m sure that won’t be a problem! I prefer them to use a cell phone so you can track where they are, especially with younger kids.

But of course, if they have an actual camera or even a Polaroid camera that would work great too.

Go over the rules, which are super simple:

  • Create groups of at least 2 per team
  • Take a photo of all of the items
  • Agree on a time, we like to use an hour but it’s up to you (get them to set a timer on their cell phone)
  • Have FUN!

How to host a successful Thanksgiving hunt

When you’re gearing up for your Thanksgiving camera scavenger hunt, remember that your guests come in all age groups.

To ensure everyone has a blast, consider teaming up the younger ones with some experienced older hands who can add a sprinkle of wisdom to the game.

Safety first! Setting boundaries based on age and location is important. Younger kids should stick closer to home, while the older kids can roam a bit further. All within safe limits, of course.

Got little ones in the mix? Don’t worry. You can choose to join them during the hunt, making sure they have a grand time and helping them snap the photos they need.

If the weather’s not playing along or you’d rather stay indoors. How about a scavenger hunt with items appearing on the TV? It’s creative and loads of fun!

Keep things organized with a few simple tools. Grab some storage clipboards with handy storage for pens and cell phones.

That way, no one loses anything, and you can easily keep time with those cell phone timers. Plus, it’s a nifty way to stay in touch with your teams, especially if there are young ones involved.

Carry on reading to download our free Thanksgiving picture scavenger hunt printable, and find out how to host the coolest Thanksgiving get-together the kids will cherish for years.

Treat them to an at-home Thanksgiving escape room too!

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Photos to take on the scavenger hunt

There are 20 fall-themed photos that need to be taken, hopefully, they will have most if not all taken within the time limit.

  • Cornucopia
  • Cooked turkey
  • A full plate of food
  • Football game
  • Something orange
  • Fallen leaves
  • Someone napping!
  • Pumpkin
  • Any type of pie
  • Families out for a walk
  • Food on the floor
  • Fall wreath
  • Dirty dishes
  • Someone cooking
  • Something red
  • Christmas ad on TV
  • Pine cone
  • Mashed potato
  • Table placemat
  • Thanksgiving parade
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Prizes for the Thanksgiving cell phone scavenger hunt

The Thanksgiving photo scavenger hunt is super exciting. It’s not just about taking awesome pictures and finding hidden stuff.

To make it even more fun, you can give prizes to the older kids and teenagers who join in. Who wouldn’t like getting a prize for playing?

Before you begin the scavenger hunt, you should decide how to pick the winner.

Is it the person who comes back the fastest with all the right pictures? Or is it the one who takes the coolest and most creative photos? Deciding this stuff makes the game fair and enjoyable for everyone.

Treat the winner to our favorite Thanksgiving gifts for kids

Now, for the best part, the prizes! For older kids and teenagers, it’s important to choose prizes they’ll really like. Here are some ideas:

  1. You can pick gift cards for iTunes, Amazon, or stores like Target, so they can buy music, movies, or cool stuff they want.
  2. Teenagers usually love gadgets. Think about things like wireless earbuds, chargers, or fancy phone cases.
  3. For those who like fashion, you can give them stylish things like sunglasses, hats, or wristbands to show off their style.
  4. Give them board games for kids that are fun to play with friends and family.
  5. If they’re into art, consider giving them cool things like sketchbooks, watercolor sets, or special markers to help them be creative.
  6. Encourage them to read by giving them gift cards for bookstores.
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Tips for downloading the free files

Below you will see a large sign-up box where you need to add your name and email address, and press I NEED THIS NOW!

Within minutes you will be sent the free PDF directly to your email address, so you can print it out and start using it immediately.

Sometimes emails get a little wonky, so if you can’t see it, please check your spam folder where I am sure it is hiding.

Download the free printable Thanksgiving game

Make sure you choose the correct paper size and click on the shrink to fit button. All of our free printables for kids work better when printed on cardstock (this is the one we use and love.)

Other free scavenger hunts using cell phones

Last Updated on 20 April 2024 by Clare Brown

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