Need to get out of the house but not sure what to do? Print out these car scavenger hunt games to use on a drive around town. They’re also great for long road trips. It’s fun for the whole family!
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Car Scavenger Hunt Printables (the Whole Family Will Love!)
Is anyone else feeling a bit bored lately? If so we’ve got a fun and safe activity to do with your family that’s great for getting out of the house. Grab these car scavenger hunt printables and have some fun around town.
While we have been getting out of the house to walk the dogs or play in the yard a bit, it still feels like we’ve been stuck at home. Recently, some friends of mine came up with a fun competition to give couples something to do together during this shelter in place time. They send a new challenge every week and the couple that wins gets a gift card to a restaurant that’s doing pick up services.
The first challenge that was sent was a car scavenger hunt. We decided to play as a family since there are only three of us. It was great to get out of the house and do something fun and different. We had 30 minutes to find as many items as we could on the list.
We had the best time together and only got a little car sick. Haha. 30 minutes went by super fast but it was a perfect little trip around the city. I can’t believe how much I missed driving and seeing different parts of town.
After having such a great time, I decided to make some car scavenger hunt printables for you! While there are a lot of travel scavenger hunt printables out there, I wanted to make sure the list was full of items you could find around town without hoping on the freeway.
Is a Car Scavenger Hunt Safe to do During Shelter in Place Orders?
A car scavenger hunt around town is a great way to have some fun with your family while still being safe and following shelter in place rules. According to CNN, “The purpose of such an order is to enforce social distancing, or to keep people away from each other to limit the spread of the virus. There is nothing inherently dangerous about going outside. The danger is in being close to other people who are infected, whether they know it or not.”
Riding in a car (windows rolled up) with those you are living with, is keeping the main guideline of social distancing. This car scavenger hunt is not meant for a long car trip although it will be great for one after this whole ordeal is over.
This car scavenger hunt is meant to be played as a quick 30 minute drive around town. Please follow all road laws and play safe. No speeding or distracted drivers please! Getting in a car accident would not be good at a time like this so if you don’t think you can play without issues then please don’t try it.
Car Scavenger Hunt Printables
We’ve got three different scavenger hunt printables for you to try. I wanted to cover all types of groups who might like to play.
- First, there is a scavenger hunt printable for kids. It has easy to find items with both pictures and words so young kids can play too.
- Next, is Car Scavenger Hunt Bingo. These would be great for families with a couple of kids. The items to look for are similar to the other printable but they are in bingo board format. Each kid can have their own printable so they can look for items on their own. First kid to get bingo wins! There are six different bingo boards.
- The teen and adult car scavenger hunt printable has a ton more items to find and no pictures.
Print the one that works best for your situation and go have some safe fun out of the house.
Fun Car Scavenger Hunt Ideas
There are a couple of different ways you can use your car scavenger hunt printables. Yes, you can simply print off the ones you want to use and go, but it’s more fun to set some ground rules first or make a competition out of it.
- You can give everyone in the car (except the driver) their own copy of the scavenger hunt list. Everyone has to find the items on the list on their own. Drive around town for 30 minutes (driver gets to pick the route) and see who finds the most items when time is up.
- You can do the hunt as a family. This is what we did and it was a ton of fun. We worked together as a team to find as many items as possible. You can guess before hand how many items you’ll find then see how close you got to your guess.
- Play with friends in town. Email some friends and agree upon some rules. Pick a meeting place and time to meet up. Make sure each group prints the list ahead of time at their own home and has it with them. Once everyone is there, in their own cars, signal to go! Everyone has 30-45 minutes (agree on time before hand) to find as many items and be back to the meeting spot on time. Come up with your own rules for late arrivers. They can be disqualified or loose points for each minute late. Take a pic of your finished lists and text it to each other or hold it up to the car windows and see who won.
- If you have a big family then you can split up and compete against each other. You can do boys against girls with dad driving the boys and mom driving the girls. You could also simply split up evenly keeping ages in mind. Come up with a fun prize like the losing team has to serve the winners dinner or make their beds for the week.
- Play with friends and family out of state. There are two ways to do this. You can lay out the rules and tell everyone they have a week to complete the car scavenger hunt. Or, you can pick a designated day and time. You can hop on a quick chat through facebook messenger or text chain to make sure everyone is in cars and ready to go and then start. Everyone then has to send in a photo of their family list at the end of 30 minutes. Bragging rights goes to whoever found the most items.