Thanksgiving is a time when we all get together with friends and family, but often is a time when kids get a little overwhelmed. This Thanksgiving photo scavenger hunt is a great way for older kids, and adults to have fun without feeling the pressure of talking to people they may not see so regularly.
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.
We are using an actual camera (shock horror!) but any smartphone will do, nearly all teenagers will have one. It’s also a great way to keep track of them when they need to leave the house to take some of the photos.
Carry on reading to download our free Thanksgiving photo scavenger hunt, and find out how to host the coolest Thanksgiving get-together the kids will cherish for years.
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Thanksgiving Photo Scavenger Hunt
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!
If you have a mix of ages it might be sensible to add an older one to each of the groups. Also depending on the age of the groups, you might want to set boundaries in your neighborhood for when they need to go outside to take photos.
You can adapt this for younger children and either go with the kids, or just stay in the house and take photos when the items pop up on the TV.
I recommend using a clipboard with storage that can hold the pens, and the cellphones if they don’t have pockets.
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.
- Cooked turkey
- A full plate of food
- Football game
- Something orange
- Fallen leaves
- Someone napping!
- 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
Before you start you need to agree on who the winner will be.
- Will it be the quickest to return? Or
- The most imaginative photos?
You can give the teenagers prizes when they return, I mean who doesn’t like a small gift!
- Gift vouchers (iTunes, Amazon, or Target are pretty generic and will work for most kids)
- Phone popsockets
- A graphic novel (we love these Shakespeare manga books!)
Why not treat the kids to a Thanksgiving escape room when they finish too?
Free Thanksgiving Photo Scavenger Hunt Printable
Make sure you choose the correct paper size and click on the shrink to fit button. All of our printables work better when printed on cardstock (this is the one we use and love.)
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Last Updated on 23 August 2022 by homeschoolof1