I-Spy Scavenger Hunt: A No-Setup Passive Program

Scavenger hunts are always an easy win. But cutting out all your Waldos or whatever, and placing them around the library can be a pain. That’s why setting up a “permanent” scavenger hunt can be a huge time-saver. It’s great for rainy days or large groups too!!

I got this idea from the Milwaukee Art Museum, where they handed out worksheets with close up photos of certain details in paintings you had to look for. Like there will be a photo of a cat, and you’d have to look on a certain floor or section to try and find what painting it was in. It kinda helps you appreciate little details, and gets you to explore things you maybe wouldn’t otherwise. Plus it’s just something fun to do.

All you have to take square photos of unique items in your library. Artwork, statues, photos, call number endcaps, things like that with detail and color. Ideally, you would take photos of things that are permanent installations in your library, that way you don’t have to change your scavenger hunt printouts. Like in my library, we have a giant antique safe that is pretty unique, very colorful, and DEFINTIELY not going anywhere.

So first, take 25 square photos around your library. Make them square so you won’t have to crop later. Feel all phones have a square function if you go into camera settings, so just play around and you’ll figure it out. Then download my template here:

Then right-click on each square and click “Replace Picture.” Your square photo should slot right into each spot seamlessly, but let me know if something isn’t working.

If it’s something you have out all the time, maybe switch out some photos from time to time. Let me know how it works out!

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    1. Thanks! I do this with families, not necessarily grades. It’s more for older kiddos (1st grade and up?) since you have to comprehend you’re looking at a blown up picture of something, deduce some clues based off of colors and so forth, and then remember all that information as you search. Hope that helps!


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