Fun Neighborhood Outdoor Scavenger Hunt with Sidewalk Chalk

Looking for a boredom buster for the summer or another time when you’re stuck at home? This fun neighborhood outdoor scavenger hunt with sidewalk chalk is the perfect way to get the entire neighborhood involved yet do it on your own time at each family’s convenience.


Hey y’all, Tiffany here.

My kids LOVE playing outside when the weather’s nice, and this neighborhood scavenger hunt is no exception!

We’ve done this several times with the families all throughout our subdivision, and each time we’re amazed by how creative the children are who get involved. There’s some true artistic talent out there!

Scroll on to find out more!

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Neighborhood Outdoor Scavenger Hunt with Sidewalk Chalk

Here’s how the Neighborhood Outdoor Scavenger Hunt with sidewalk chalk works:

Get in touch with several families in your neighborhood and ask who wants to participate.  Set a specific deadline for each household to finish their art before the scavenger hunt begins.

Assign each family (or each child, depending on how many want to participate) a figure to draw in sidewalk chalk.  Each figure needs to be about 3 feet by 3 feet so it can easily be seen from the street.

Make sure to choose a day that isn’t raining or snowing, or the hunt will be ruined!

Order your sidewalk chalk on Amazon for quick delivery! You could even order some for your neighbors or for a social-distancing birthday party. Just have it sent to their homes!

If you enjoy scavenger hunts, check out this fun elf on the shelf scavenger hunt that you can do when it’s too cold to do a sidewalk chalk hunt!

How We Did the Neighborhood Outdoor Scavenger Hunt with Sidewalk Chalk

We did this outdoor scavenger hunt with sidewalk chalk in our neighborhood during the COVID-19 quarantine, and it was so much fun!

In our neighborhood, we asked for signups on a Monday in our neighborhood’s Facebook page (we just used a Google form to get signups).  The sign up deadline was by Tuesday evening.

Each child was assigned something to draw (so our house had two items in front of it), and the organizer emailed assignments out Wednesday morning.  Each household was also emailed a copy of the scavenger hunt checklist.

If you don’t want to do it with your entire neighborhood, then check out this backyard scavenger hunt.

We then had Wednesday and Thursday to complete our drawings.  The neighborhood outdoor scavenger hunt with sidewalk chalk was to be completed sometime Friday or Saturday. It just depended on your family’s schedule.

In case you can’t tell from the pictures above, Lizzy drew an octopus all by herself.  Jared’s amoeba is really a black sun, since black is his new favorite color.

Since we were all in quarantine, this was a great activity to feel like part of a community. We got out of the house while maintaining social distancing.  However, it would work great towards the end of summer vacation with bored kids, especially if you need ideas on how to get your kids outside.

And if you’re in school right now, you should check out this free school scavenger hunt.

Free Printable

Here’s a free printable that you can use for your own hunt!  You can download it as a PDF, or click on the image below and print it out.

Neighborhood Outdoor Scavenger Hunt with Sidewalk Chalk

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