A Fall Scavenger Hunt To Keep The Littles Busy


A Fall Scavenger Hunt To Keep The Littles Busy As we all know, fall in Chattanooga, Tennessee, is something truly magical. The air gets crisp, the leaves put on their fiery display, and it’s the perfect time to get the family outdoors. Long hikes, riverwalk bike rides, and evenings by the campfires are some of the best things to do this time of year. But let’s be real: as the weather cools down and the ground stays wetter, keeping the young ones engaged outside can be quite the adventure in itself! Even my nine-year-old will scream how bored she is from her tree swing as her bike lays on the soggy grass next to her. 

Thinking about all that reminded me of how we took the kids camping at Skull Island last fall. I was worried the kids would be super bored and whine the entire time. So, not only did I pack my noise-canceling headphones, I prepped a scavenger hunt and printed them out before we left. I thought it would keep them busy for a few minutes, but they actually got super into it and had other kids and adults joining in. I’ll admit I made it a little difficult with things like a matchstick, ice cream, and a live flower, but they actually did it (with a little help of course). Skull Island has since gotten its own version at the office, but that trick has remained in my toolbox. 

And that’s why I’m so excited to share this special fall-themed scavenger hunt with you.

It’s not just any old game that they made us play in 2nd grade; it’s really a great opportunity for families to connect with autumn while having an absolute blast together. And by families, I mean the kids, while I drink something warm from the porch rocking chair. 

Two rules to follow: 1. Have fun and 2. find the things! 

So gather the kids, hand out the clues, and sit back in your comfy spot and watch them get creative and explore the neighborhood, campground or wherever your fall travels take you.

And if you’re looking for some prize ideas, I usually let them finish with hot cocoa or another fall treat.

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Jessica Pope
Hello! I'm Jessica. I grew up in Northern Indiana where I joined the Navy right out of high school. After 3 deployments and some amazing port calls I married a fellow sailor and began a family. We moved around a few times in search of a forever city. After a few visits to the Chattanooga area we fell in love and set in motion our move to the highly recommended Signal Mountain. I am slowly chipping away at my marketing degree while working part time at a local marketing agency. I am also a huge portrait photography lover and have a small studio up here on Signal Mountain where I shoot luxury portrait for children and women. You can check out my work at www.venyaportrait.com. We have 2 kiddos, Jazzy(6) who's larger than life and Joseph(3) who is taking his sweet time growing up. We have always planned to adopt as well and are currently awaiting a match for a big sister in need of a loving home. I also volunteer as a court advocate for abused and neglected children in the area. It's a great program and you can check out more at https://www.tncasa.org/. You can find me binging true crime podcasts and dark drama shows late at night. I'm a serial hobbyist, I'll never turn down an iced coffee, I actually try hard not to cuss like a sailor and I love meeting different kinds of people.