Magazine Scanvenger Hunt Collages

Magazine Scavenger Hunt

It’s the holidays (or the weekend, depending when you are reading this), you want to get the kids off the screens but you just can’t face going outside. If you have some old magazines kicking about, we have a perfect activity for you – a magazine scavenger hunt! All you need the the magazines, and a pair of scissors per child. Optionally also some glue and sheets of paper.


If you’ve ever done a scavenger hunt before, you’ll know that there’s usually list of things you have to find. This is the same principle, except instead of galavanting around outside, you need to find the things on the page of the magazines and cut them out.


Here’s a suggested magazine scavenger hunt list, which you can download a free copy of below, or even easier you can just write out a list. You might need to vary the items on the list, depending on what magazines you have (I had a quick flick through ours to make sure everything on the list could be found). 


If you have more than one child to entertain, you could make it in to a wee contest and see who can find all the things first. Or you can keep it non-competitive, depending on the ages and how well they get on they could either work together or each cut out their own set. My boys initially were a bit competitive, but then ended up helping each other complete their sets.

Optionally, especially if you’ve gone down the non-competitive route, you can then challenge the children to stick all the things they have found and cut out on to a sheet of paper to create a collage.

 Magazine Scanvenger Hunt Collages

Variation: Magazine Alphabet Hunt

Another variation, which all three of us worked on completing together, is to do an alphabet hunt. For that, as the name implies, you have to find and cut out something from your magazines beginning with each letter of the alphabet. Not only was this great fun, but also a good refresher on remembering the order of the alphabet (without having to recite the whole alphabet every time). Or for younger children, who are still learning their letters, it’s also a great opportunity to practice some letter recognition, i.e. asking them what letters the items you are finding in the magazine begin with.

Here’s our magazine hunt alphabet:

Magazine Alphabet Hunt
  • Apples
  • Bicycle
  • Cactus
  • Dress
  • Eiffel Tower
  • Forks
  • Gardening
  • Hot Water Bottles
  • Ice Cream
  • Jeans
  • Knitting
  • Lamps
  • Marmot
  • Necklace
  • Owl
  • Pumpkin
  • Quilt
  • Raspberries
  • Snowglobe
  • Tent
  • Underpants
  • Vase
  • Windmill
  • Xmas Tree
  • Yorkshire Terrier
  • Zip

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