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Search and Find

What can you find in the world around you? Explore your neighbourhood or backyard to discover things you may have never noticed. Make sure to take your grown-up along on the adventure!

Get creative and make an I Spy Board by drawing or gluing pictures onto a piece of paper and challenging friends and family to see how quickly they can find the objects in the picture. You can also make your own scavenger hunt list for someone else to try. You can pick and choose which activities you try from this page based on the supplies you have available at home.

Want to continue the seek and find fun? Try some of the links to games and activities listed below.

Cartoon of two children looking through a magnifying glass

Fun Seek and Find Activities on the Web

Make Your Own Scavenger Hunt

Ready to have some fun? You can create your own scavenger hunt for your friends and family to complete. All you need is a pen or pencil and a piece of paper. 


  1. Take some time to explore the world around you.
  2. Make a list of objects that you think would be fun for someone else to find.
  3. Challenge someone else to find all the objects on your list.

Check out these search and find eBooks, available on Overdrive.

Down the Chimney by Nelly Kazenbroot
The Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad Treasure Hunt by Megan McDonald
Star Wars Can You Spot a Jedi by Shari Last
100th Day a Spot it Challenge by Sarah L. Schuette

Take a Scavenger Hunt Walk in your Neighborhood

Take a walk with a grown-up in your neighbourhood and see how many of the items on this list you can find. Don't worry if you can't find them all, it's fun just to go for a walk and look. 


Go on a Scavenger Hunt in your Yard or a Park

Take a look with a grown-up in your yard or a park and see how many of the items on this list you can find. Don't worry if you can't find them all, it's fun just to look. 


Create an I Spy Hidden Pictures Board or a Hidden Object Game

Ready to make your own hidden object game? Here's the instructions for how to do it. 

Here is what you will need: 

  • Large piece of paper
  • Markers, crayons or pencil crayons
  • Stickers are great to use if you have them
  • If you have scissors, glue, and old magazines you can use them to make a collage


  1. On your piece of paper, draw pictures, glue pictures from magazines, and add stickers to make a picture.
  2. While you are creating your picture, add in fun objects for other people to search for.
  3. Finish your picture.
  4. Challenge someone to search & find in your picture by calling out objects that you want them to find in your picture, or you can write a list of objects for them to find. 

Take a look below at our I spy examples. 

drawing of hearts, stars, and other objects

Request these search and find books from the Library Catalogue

Where's Waldo? in Hollywood by Martin Hanford
Dinosaur detective's : search-and-find rescue mission by Sophie Guerrive
I spy fantasy : a book of picture riddles by Jean Marzollo
Seek and find cities : a globetrotting adventure by Kate Baker
One thousand things by Anna Kovecses
Animalia by Graeme Base
Bucketloads of friends : a look and find book by Mia Cassany
1001 wizard things to spot by Gillian Doherty
Where's Waldo? : the wonder book by Martin Hanford
I spy spectacular : a book of picture riddles by Jean Marzollo
Where's Waldo? The great picture hunt! by Martin Hanford