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active challenge:

Scavenger Hunt

Suggested Ages: K – 5th Grades

It’s a scavenger hunt with an innovative twist! Hunt for objects of certain colors, textures, sizes and shapes—or try to find something that fits all 4 categories at once. BE DETERMINED and don’t give up until you’ve found enough objects that fit all the categories!

This is no ordinary DIY activity for kids: It’s a step toward becoming an innovator.


Every Galileo Active Challenge gets kids moving and teaches the same mindsets that professional designers, engineers, artists and athletes use in their work. With skills like these, we believe you can change the world.

Get Involved—For Grown Ups

Materials list:

Help your child find these materials or a close substitute: 


—If you don’t have a printer, you can make your own scavenger hunt list similar to the resource provided. Draw your own stars – or anything divided into eighths – to keep track of the categories!


Activity Steps:

Use these to keep your innovator on track as they play: 


    1. Print the Mix-and-Match Scavenger Hunt List PDF (or make your own score sheet, see note above).
    2. Look for objects in each category–bonus if you can find objects that satisfy multiple categories at once (ex: An apple is red, smooth, and round).
    3. Track your progress by coloring-in a section (or sections) of each category-star for every object you find (ex: For an apple, color-in a section of the red, smooth, and round stars).
    4. Be determined and keep hunting until the whole sheet is colored-in!


Guiding Questions:

If your child is stuck, try asking these questions to help them keep on innovating: 


  • What stars have you colored-in the most so far? Which ones are more empty?
  • How else might you “find” things if you can’t find them in the room? Might you look online, in a book, outside, or enlist someone in another location to help you find things remotely?


More Ideas:

Every project presents opportunities to add your own twists or extensions. Here are some ideas to get you started: 


  • Make it a group activity! Collaborate with others to complete the scavenger hunt. Or print two Scavenger Hunt Lists and make it a competition.
  • Change it up. The Scavenger Hunt List includes a second “blank” page where kids can fill-in their own ideas for colors, textures, shapes, and sizes of things to look for.
  • Invent your own rules! How else might you play Mix-and-Match Scavenger Hunt?


Wrap Up Questions:

Lock in the learning by asking your child these questions about the activity and how they practiced the featured Innovator’s Mindset element: 


  • How did you find the things on the list? Did you use any strategies?
  • What was the hardest category to find things for?
  • Did you find any objects that filled multiple categories? If so, what was your best one?
  • Did you ever feel like giving up? If you persevered, what did you do to keep going? If you gave up, what could you do differently to stay determined next time?


The last step in the Gallieo Innovator’s Process is SHARE. Great learning can come from sharing successes and failures—to solidify your own experience as an innovator and to inspire others.


Share with Galileo


Take a photo of your totally-filled-in sheet or of a cool object you found that satisfied a bunch of categories and share it with the Camp Galileo Anywhere community!






Your innovation doesn’t stop with you. Inspire someone else by sharing your active challenge—maybe they’ll try it themselves or maybe your experience will give them a new idea.


  • Who: someone in your house, a family member, a friend
  • How: in person, on the phone, online
  • When: anytime, starting now!