Last Updated: Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Gratitude scavenger hunt – early level

What is this?

Find some ideas to support you to design an activity. This activity will help children think about some of the things that they are thankful for and that make them happy.

Curriculum for Excellence (CfE) experiences and outcomes: Early level

Literacy and English

  • As I listen and talk in different situations, I am learning to take turns and am developing my awareness of when to talk and when to listen. (LIT 0-02a)


  • I can identify my senses and use them to explore the world around me. (SCN 0-12a)

Purpose of the activity

At early level, children are developing their understanding of positive thinking and the world around them. This activity is designed to help children explore the world around them and consider what they are thankful for. It will also support children to use all their senses and share their ideas with others.

Learning activity

  • Invite children to join you to take part in a scavenger hunt. This could take place indoors or outside. Explain that they are looking for things that are unique to them and make them happy and thankful.
  • Print out or draw a list or picture guide to help children as they take part. Explain to children that they need to use all their senses as they do this activity.
  • Below are some suggestions of what might be included. Make additions or adjustments according to your knowledge of children and their learning. Ask children to look for:
    • Something you find beautiful
    • Something that’s your favourite colour
    • Something that smells lovely
    • Something that is soft to touch
    • Something that reminds you of people you love
  • When children are finished, invite them to share their findings with the group. Ask them to share why each item is important to them and why they chose it. What senses did they use when looking for each thing?
  • Encourage children to ask questions if they have any.

Extension Activity

If children are enjoying this activity and keen to learn more, they could create a poster illustrating their scavenger hunt and the items they found.

National Benchmarks

Literacy and English

  • Listens and responds to others appropriately.
  • Asks questions and responds relevantly to questions from others.


  • Uses their senses to describe the world around them, giving examples of things they see, hear, smell, taste and feel.

Possible approach to assessing learning

When planning your approach to assessing learning, please take account of the latest guidance on assessment approaches.