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Zoo Scavenger Hunt

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Spring is the time for field trips to the local zoo. In an attempt to make our field trips extra fun (and educational) I created these FREE Printable Zoo Scavenger Hunt Sheets.

FREE Zoo Scavenger Hunts - 17+ different scavenger hunt worksheets for kids from toddler, preschool, kindergarten, first grade, 2nd grade, 3rd grade, 4th grade, 5th grade, and 6th grade kids in both color and black and white, with pictures for non readers and ones for readers. These are great for fieldtrips for science

Zoo Scavenger Hunt

I love it when spring weather comes. In our homeschool, spring means lots of fieldtrips – especially ones where we get to enjoy the beautiful outdoors! I wanted to make our regular science fieldtrip to our local zoo extra fun AND educational at the same time.

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Zoo Scavenger Hunt Printable

There are over 17 different kinds of scavenger hunts to help kids all the way from Toddlers, Prek, Preschoolers, Kindergartners, first grade, 2nd grade, 3rd grade, 4th grade, 5th grade, and 6th grade Elementary age students have fun while learning on a zoo field trip.

Simply scroll to the bottom of the post, under the terms of use, and click on the text link that says >> Download >>. The pdf file will open in a new window for you to save the freebie and print which ever sheets you need for your particular group.  There are choices in both black and white and color.

animal scavenger hunt for toddlers, preschool, pre k, and kindergarten to simply check off animals as they find them such as turtles, camels, rhinocerous, spider, and more

Zoo Field Trip Scavenger Hunt

This is such a fun activity to do with any group while at the zoo. Whether this is your first trip to the zoo or your one hundreth, your children will be excited to see the zoo and animals with a whole new night as they hunt for information and check off items. This is such a great way to get kids excited about learning about animals. Use this for your family weekend trip to the zoo, your classroom’s fieldtrip, visit to Grandma’s zoo, homeschool coop -there are so many fun ways to use this animal activities for kids.

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Scavenger Hunt at the Zoo

There are so many choices so whether you are looking for a toddler scavenger hunt, zoo scavenger hunt worksheet for older students, or whether you have a small zoo – we’ve got a zoo animal scavenger hunt that will work for you. Here are some of the hunts we have included in the printable pack:

  • Easy Find 6 things with black and white clipart to help younger children. Find things such as a zookeeper, zebra, bear, snake, bird, frog, bench, hippo, monkey, giraffe, fish, butterfly
  • Easy Color Search – cross off the crayon when you see something in the following colors: black, brown, gray, blue, red, yellow, pink, orange, green (search in color to help give younger children visual clues)
  • Easy Counting Search – children need to find herds of animals where there are no animals on display, 1 animal on display, 2 animals, 3 animals 4 animals, 5 animals, 6 animals and 7 animals in an enclosure. (blackline)
  • Easy Find 12 things with clipart to help younger children. Find things such as a zookeeper, zebra, bear, snake, bird, frog, bench, hippo, monkey, giraffe, fish, butterfly, leaf (black & white)
  • Color Search – children need to find an animal of each of the colors and write on the line the name of the animal. This search should be done by Kindergarten and older who can write their letters. (in color to help with color discrimination)
  • Find 16 – this colorful search has images of the following animals children must find and check off: turtle, spider, sea lion, camel, rhinocerous, bat, ostrich, brown bear, eagle, parrot, crocodile / alligator, kangaroo, gorilla, penguin, giraffe, and snake.
  • Find an animal that…. for these hunts students will only need to find six things, but they will need to be able to read the list and write down the animal they found that fits the discription such as an animal with wings, fur, hibernates, hopes, lives in water, lays eggs, is heavier than you are, has spots, has feathers, lives underground, flies, doesn’t need much water, has a hump, is less than a year old, has stripes
  • Population in Danger – help older students learn to care for animals as they realize that animals are in danger of extention. Students will read zoo signage to determine an animal for each of the categories: least concern, near threatened, vulnerable, endangered, critically endangered, extinct in the wild
  • Biomes Hunt – help students learn about the habitats of different animals as they find zoo animals who live in the following areas: mountains, desert, grassland, ocean, arctic tundra, forest, tropical rain forest
  • Biology Terms – this hunt allows kids to take science vocabulary they’ve used and put it into action as they find animals that fit the following descriptions: carnivore, omnivore, herbivore, nocturnal, aquatic, warm blooded
  • Animal Classification – help students learn about the ways zoologist and scientists classify animals to study them better by finding animals for each of these categories: birds, fish, reptile, amphibian, mammal, insect

FREE Zoo Scavenger Hunt for Elementary Student Field Trips

Zoo Scavenger Hunt Ideas

We have more than 16 different animal scavenger hunt for kids from toddler, preschool, pre k, kindergarten, grade 1, grade 2, grade 3, grade 4, grade 5, and grade 6. They include a variety of fun and educational choices for parents, teachers, homeschoolers, nannies, and grandparents to make your next trip to your local zoo extra fun!

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Beth Gorden is the creative multi-tasking creator of 123 Homeschool 4 Me. As a busy homeschooling mother of six, she strives to create hands-on learning activities and worksheets that kids will love to make learning FUN! She has created over 1 million pages of printables to help teach kids ABCs, science, English grammar, history, math, and so much more! Beth is also the creator of 2 additional sites with even more educational activities and FREE printables - www.kindergartenworksheetsandgames.com and www.preschoolplayandlearn.com


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