Summer Senses Scavenger Hunt Printable

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Summer is here! This summer may look a little different than we are use to. I wanted to provide some fun summer activities that you children can do at home. So here is a fun summer senses scavenger hunt that they can do in your home and yard.

There is also a free printable download of this summer senses scavenger hunt at the bottom of this post.

Summer Senses Scavenger Hunt Activities

For this summer senses scavenger hunt, I wanted to make sure children explore all the sensory systems, not just the main 5.

Here are the fun things they can look for or do while exploring each sense. I have them divided by senses so you can talk about each one as you look for the items or complete the activity under each system.


  • rain
  • types of herbs
  • pine needles
  • fresh cut grass (if your child has seasonal allergies, you may want to skip this one)


  • a popsicle
  • lemonade
  • a lime
  • watermelon


  • a dragonfly
  • butterfly
  • squirrel or chipmunk (add any small backyard animal to this list if you live in an area that does not have these animals)
  • a flower
  • a bird flying
  • find a clover leaf
  • ant crawling


  • water trickling
  • bugs buzzing
  • frogs chirping
  • birds singing
  • tree moving in the wind


  • play in the sand
  • water in a stream or creek
  • a smooth rock
  • build with sticks

Move (Vestibular and Proprioception Senses)

  • balance on a log
  • play in the mud
  • roll down a hill
  • play hide and go seek
  • bounce a ball

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Heather Greutman, COTA

Heather Greutman is a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant with experience in school-based OT services for preschool through high school. She uses her background to share child development tips, tools, and strategies for parents, educators, and therapists. She is the author of many ebooks including The Basics of Fine Motor Skills, and Basics of Pre-Writing Skills, and co-author of Sensory Processing Explained: A Handbook for Parents and Educators.

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