If you’ve read my Fall Bucket List, then you know that one of my favorite Fall traditions is going to the pumpkin patch. A pumpkin patch just screams Fall. You’ve got pumpkins, crisp fall air, corn, hay, plaid, and more. For a Fall lover like myself, it just doesn’t get much better than that. Now, I’ve always been a fan of going to the pumpkin patch. I’m the kind of wife that has drug my husband for years. However, now that we have a child it’s a whole new level of fun. It’s such a blessing to get to see her face light up with excitement.
This past weekend, my husband and I took our daughter to the pumpkin patch for the first time. Let me tell you, we all had an absolute blast. We played in a sandbox filled with corn, explored the corn maze, rode the train, and searched for the perfect pumpkin. I truly don’t know who enjoyed it more.
Because my daughter is so young we decided to keep it pretty simple this year. However, this trip got me thinking about how I could make a day at the pumpkin patch even more exciting for her in the future. That’s when I decided to create my pumpkin patch scavenger hunt. This is the perfect activity to do as a family during your trip to the pumpkin patch. It’s a great way to challenge young children to explore the environment around them. It’s also a great bonding experience for siblings. Older siblings can help the younger ones search too!
I’ve created a free printable of the scavenger hunt for you to download. On the card I’ve used both words and imagery for each item. That way, if you have a child who can’t quite read yet, they are still able to play along. I recommend printing off copies to hand out to the kids when you get to the pumpkin patch. If a pumpkin patch is a part of your yearly Fall traditions, then I recommend laminating the scavenger hunt so you can use it every year.
There are a lot of different ways to do this scavenger hunt. If your kids are a bit older, then you could turn it into a race. Print off a card for each child and whoever checks off all their items first wins a prize. You could you use this challenge as a way to practice counting. Instead of just searching for each item once and checking the box, try seeing how many times you can find that item and write the number in the box. This scavenger hunt is also a great way to teach colors and words too. The possibilities with a scavenger hunt truly are endless. I hope you enjoy sharing this activity with your family.
Here are a few images from our day at the pumpkin patch. I hope you enjoy!