The Zookeeper’s Scavenger Hunt

It’s been quite a while since we did a scavenger hunt.. Nature week was probably the last. We had such a good time finding things around the yard that I couldn’t resist doing another scavenger activity. It turned out to be the best part of our monkey-themed day, too! We put on our safari hats and went out for the zookeeper’s scavenger hunt for our hungry little monkeys.

The Zookeeper's Scavenger Hunt

What You’ll Need:

  • Yellow paper
  • Scissors
  • Clothespins
  • Hiding places (indoor or outdoor)

Banana Scavenger Hunt for Monkeys

Okay so here’s how easy it is…Just cut some banana shapes from yellow paper (we did ten) and clothes pin them to objects outside. Think about branches, weeds, flower-pots, fences, chairs, leaves, lawn ornaments, the garden hose, etc.

Banana Scavenger Hunt for Monkeys

Banana Scavenger Hunt for Monkeys

Banana Scavenger Hunt for Monkeys

For the little ones, remember to keep your bananas low and out in the open – they need to be at eye level or below so that your toddler can easily spot them while walking around.

Banana Scavenger Hunt for Monkeys

For kids of an older age you can partially hide the bananas under stones, under cushions, in the soil, deep in the flowers, under mulch, above their heads, etc. On top of hiding the bananas in trickier places, add numbers or math equations and practice counting/math. It will make the game a little harder – ultimately making it fun for all ages!

Banana Scavenger Hunt for Monkeys

As mentioned before, we hid ten bananas in ten places, we sang songs about feeding the zoo monkeys (you know, the ones that only your imagination can dream up), and we giggled…a lot.

This was great for us and I hope it’s equally great for you! Remember, this activity isn’t limited to monkeys and bananas…pick fruit from trees, leaves, birds, bugs, etc. All of our activities can be adapted to fit your lesson plan – just use a little imagination!

Check out some of our other animal activities in the links provided. Here we visit the farm. Here we visit the jungle/zoo!

2 thoughts on “The Zookeeper’s Scavenger Hunt

  1. Yay! Plus it’s so easy to do as a family because the little ones will love hunting while the older ones can solve math problems or answer questions on each banana! Glad you enjoyed it.

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