It’s that time of year again. Fall is here and we are planning one of our family’s favorite fall traditions. Time to head to the pumpkin patch.
One of the most important parts about pumpkin patch day is that it is cool out. You know the crisp kind of air that you need to wear a jacket to enjoy.
Although we have tried lots of different pumpkin patches over the years, these days we focus on a local pumpkin patch without too many bells and whistles. As much as I love pumpkin sling shots and corn mazes, we aren’t in search of an amusement park here. Just a pumpkin patch. With a good hayride if I can find one.
And as much fun as exploring the pumpkin patch is, sometimes introducing a game to the littles can add an element of fun.
So, this year we are using this Free Printable Pumpkin Patch Scavenger Hunt when we go to pick our pumpkins. It’s also a great idea to use on a pumpkin patch field trip or home school group pumpkin patch trip.
In case you hadn’t noticed, we love scavenger hunts around here. They are a fun way to encourage cooperation and keep the kids busy. I usually include a little treat at the end of the hunt – such as an extra pumpkin to pick out or an apple cider donut.
Inspired by the Free Printable Pumpkin Scavenger Hunt that I created for our neighborhood pumpkin walks many years ago, this new Pumpkin Patch Scavenger Hunt focuses on exploring the farm. Kids need to find everything from farm animals to wagons and hay.
I even left two lines blank for you to add items that are specific to your pumpkin patch. Every pumpkin patch is different. So, this is space to add things that you see when you arrive such as the milking barn, sunflowers or the farm stand.
Another creative idea is to have the kids write down two “surprise” items on each other’s cards. It’s always fun to see what they choose and it involves them in a different way.
And here’s a scavenger hunt tip to make your hunts even more successful. When we do scavenger hunts, I use these clip boards (affiliate). I discovered them a few years ago for a museum scavenger hunt that I hosted at a dinosaur party. It was a great way to give each child a hard surface to write on. I also bring them on our hikes for our nature scavenger hunts (they came in handy at our fairy scavenger hunt) and on family field trips. Didn’t I mention? We love scavenger hunts!
So if you have a clipboard or other hard surface, you can attach the 5″ x 7″ card to it. There is a pen attached to each board, so the kids won’t have to waste time looking for a writing implement either.
I also designed an 8″ x 10″ version in case that one is easier for you to print. (Which since there isn’t any trimming necessary, it is more the print and go model.)
Hand each child a scavenger hunt when you arrive at the pumpkin patch. Then, let them go to work finding the items on the list. When they see an item, they can check it off. This is definitely not a scavenger hunt where you collect the items. Bringing a wagon or spider web back could prove difficult.
If desired, you can award prizes for the pumpkin patch scavenger hunt. Award a mini pumpkin for the most items found or if a certain number of items are discovered. Kids love scavenger hunts, but they love prizes too. It’s fun to give them a little extra motivation during their search.
You can download your free printable pumpkin patch scavenger hunt here:
What do you like to do when you take a trip to the pumpkin patch? We’d love to hear about other activities that you enjoy when visiting the pumpkin patch.