Let’s go on a LEGO SCAVENGER HUNT! This is such a fun activity for a rainy day, a family game night, or just a boredom buster. It would also make a great birthday party activity.
In this scavenger hunt, kids will be hunting for LEGO® minifigures. Use the ones you already have because any figures will work. This is basically an INSTANT scavenger hunt. All you’ll need to do is print the cards and hide some LEGO® guys!
Here’s how the scavenger hunt clue cards work.
Each clue card will direct kids to a common household location where the next LEGO® minifigure is hidden – such as in the refrigerator, on a bookshelf, inside a cup, in the mailbox, etc. The clues are all fun rhymes, and some of the clues are more challenging than others. Choose the ones you like based on the ages of your kids and the length you’d like the scavenger hunt to be.
Then all you have to do is hide the minifigures in the appropriate places!
Choose the clues you want to use.
I wrote the clues for this scavenger hunt to work for any home. There are 16 total clues, but you won’t need that many. My goal was that each family would be able to find at least 8-10 clues that would work. For example, if you don’t have a mailbox right in front of your home, you can skip that clue and do another one instead.
Choose the difficulty level.
Once you’ve chosen the clues you want to use, the other way to customize the difficulty level of this LEGO scavenger hunt is by deciding how hard to make the actual searching.
Kids will have to figure out WHERE to look by figuring out the clue, but then you can also decide if you want the minifigures to be hidden in a fairly exposed way, or if you want kids to have to search for them.
If the minifigures are too obvious, then kids may find one on the way to find another, which would sort of ruin the scavenger hunt!
There are a couple of options for how to handle the clue cards during the game. One option is that you can give the kids the first clue, and then send them off to find the first LEGO® guy. When they come back to tell you where they found it, you can hand them the next card.
However, if you’re doing this scavenger hunt with more than one child, or with a whole birthday party full of kids, here’s my tip:
You don’t want all the kids trying to solve the same clue at the same time. I would recommend filling Ziploc bags with sets of clue cards. Make one set for each child or each team. Then, the kids can solve the clues in any order. Have them leave the LEGO® minifigure in place and simply write which LEGO figure they found on the back of the card. For example, if they found the policeman on the book shelf, they should mark that clue card accordingly.
And that’s all there is to it! Are you ready to print your LEGO® scavenger hunt clue cards?
Click the link below. The file will open, and you can save or print from there.
CLICK HERE: LEGO Scavenger Hunt Cards
Need more LEGO® ideas?
We’ve got tons of LEGO® project ideas, but here are some of my favorites:
Build an Epic LEGO® Marble Run – this is SO much fun!
LEGO® Copycat Challenge Game – this is another fun game. Great for a party, a class, or just a group of friends.
How to Build a LEGO® Catapult – this little machine has a lot of power to it!
Vaughan Apr 6, 2020
This is a great idea - I may not be able to use the cards in the school environment I'm it but I can certainly use the idea and do my own cards.
Marlee Eder Apr 6, 2020
Thank you so much for the Lego Scavenger Hunt. My sons birthday is in a few weeks and this might redirect the frustration of a small family get together instead of a big 🎉
TreHgr Nov 2, 2020
Wow Marlee, great idea!!!! My son's birthday is coming soon, now. Our region is in lockdown again.
Bethany Apr 6, 2020
For groups, it would be fun to print a sheet of blank minifigs to color in what they find. You could also hide the clue cards instead of handing them out each time.
Melanie Apr 7, 2020
Just wanted to say that I LOVE following you- all your ideas are super user-friendly, creative and such fun!! Thank you! All the way from South Africa❤️
Rob Apr 7, 2020
These are brilliant clues! Kept my boy busy for an hour hunting for his lego men! Thanks very much.
Karen Patterson Apr 8, 2020
Thank you so much for this idea! Today is my son's birthday, so we bought the space minifigure set, but wrapped up the empty box with a note saying that the figures wanted to play "hide and seek" with him to celebrate. It was a hit!
Lutchie Apr 8, 2020
I love your creative idea. Thank you for sharing. God bless you! You are a cool mom!
Tammy Applegate Apr 12, 2020
We used the Lego scavenger hunt for an Easter egg hunt for our 11 year old this Easter. Great idea. The riddles really made him think. Some, he needed a bit of help with. Thank you
Deb May 7, 2020
This is genius! Doing this with my 5 year old during our quarantine. Gotta keep him busy!
Linda May 18, 2020
Love your site, have ordered with your code name. Mostly Lego products. Can't get these cards to download for printing. Any hints?
Sarah May 20, 2020
If you click where it says CLICK HERE: LEGO Scavenger Hunt Cards - the file should open immediately. I hope that helps!
Amanda Dittlinger May 27, 2020
This is so perfect! Every year for Father's day the kids help me set up a scavenger hunt for Dad. He LOVES legos so this is perfect! It'll be nice to not be the one to come up with all the clues this year.
Jessica Jul 1, 2020
Do you happen to have a more outdoor version of these?
Loti Jul 7, 2020
Sarah, We loved this game. We did a game day on the 4th of July and it was a big hit. Thanx fir the great game! Can you please do another one?
Abigail Aug 22, 2020
Sarah, thank you so much for sharing your creativity and learning techniques! I just found your page yesterday and already have used two of your Lego-based learning activities with my 9-year-old.
Linnea Nov 11, 2020
This was a fun homeschool brain warm-up for my 11 yo daughter and 8 yo son. Thank you!
Carol Dec 1, 2020
Our family played this over the weekend and I was quite surprised at how greatly the kids (age: 14, 13, 12 and 7) enjoyed doing this. I was actually a bit surprised at how long they took to find everything. They were pretty terrible at solving the clues. Ha But that was great because it kept them busy for about 45 minutes. We did it as suggested. Printed up multiple cards for each child (shuffled them up so that they wouldn’t all be looking for the same thing at the same time and let them go at it!) They found all the items on the list and already asked to do another one soon. :)
Heather Partridge Feb 5, 2021
I used this in a primary school today, as a “screen free day” activity with our key worker children group. The older ones went off in pairs, and the youngest four (aged 7) went round with an adult. It was a massive success and kept them busy for ages! We used 14 of the clues, as we had most of the resources available. Thank you!!! Am planning to use for my 9 year old son when he next has a birthday party.
Nichole May 4, 2022
Oh my goodness I am in love. Putting this in my pocket for a summer day when plans don't shake out and kids need a great plan B. (Like rain on a promised pool day) Thank you for this awesomeness!
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