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It can be difficult to find activities that are fun for the whole family to do together, but this scavenger hunt is great for families (or groups) of all ages. Bonus: it highlights books!

It can be difficult to find activities that are fun for the whole family to do together, but this scavenger hunt is great for families (or groups) of all ages. Bonus: it highlights books!

I don’t know about you, but my kids love games–and I do too! Games are a fun way to laugh, learn, and connect as a family. So if I can turn books or reading into a game, it’s a double win!

One of our favorite games around here are scavenger hunts. They’re fun for the kids, easy to put together, and keep everyone entertained. Today I’m sharing with you a fun book-themed scavenger hunt to do as a family!

Where to Do the Hunt

This can be done at home (if you have an extensive at-home library), at a bookstore, or at the library. If you do this in a public space, please be respectful of others. Have a chat with your kids about not running, keeping voices low, and being aware of others around them. And if you think it could be a problem, either do it at home or have an adult with the kids at all times.

Individuals vs. Teams vs. Whole Family

The scavenger hunt can be done individually, you can split your family into teams, or you can complete it all together as a family unit. Any work and all are fun options!

To decide what the best option is for your family, consider the following:

  • The number of people in your family
  • The ages of your kids
  • How many adults or older kids there are
  • How responsible and obedient your kids are
  • Competitiveness of your kids
  • Skill level of finding books

At the time of writing this post, I have a three-year-old and a seven-year-old. So we’d either put one kid with each parent and compete that way, or just complete it as a whole family. Sometimes our kids don’t take competition well, so depending on their moods, we’d probably choose the whole family option!

Another option is to split in teams or do it individually, but don’t make it a competition. Rather make it about seeing the fun books people choose. When the hunt is over, gather back together as a family and talk about what books you picked and why! This is a cool way to find new books and get to know each other better!

You can also add fun variations like take a picture with the book, read part of the book, take a picture of a meaningful line in the book, etc. You can add these layers or dimensions depending upon the ages of your family members!

Complete the Hunt

Now print out your scavenger hunt sheets below and start your hunt! Don’t forget to take some pictures while you’re there and post them on social media with #PIMBookScavengerHunt. We’d love to see you join in on the fun!

It can be difficult to find activities that are fun for the whole family to do together, but this scavenger hunt is great for families (or groups) of all ages. Bonus: it highlights books!Get your FREE printable download here!

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