STEM Challenge – Hardware Store Scavenger Hunt

We went on a scavenger hunt. Not your ordinary hunt, but one in an ordinary place – the hardware store. And it was anything but ordinary. Inspire your kids to be young makers and learn the tools of the trade with a fun Hardware Store Scavenger Hunt.  I’ve crafted a free printable that’s perfect for your next Saturday morning trip to the store or scout adventure. This post contains affiliate links.

Inspire the maker in your child with this fun Hardware Store Scavenger Hunt. It's the perfect STEM Challenge for after school or scout activities.

Hardware Store Scavenger Hunt Supplies Needed

You don’t need much for this activity, just this Hardware Store Scavenger Hunt Printable with all of your questions and a sense of adventure. A clipboard and something to write with helps too. FYI, I made this hunt checklist with early elementary kids in mind. It might be a little easy for older kids, but definitely try it with preschoolers too.  They just might need a little more guidance.

Scavenger Hunt Checklist Left Brain Craft Brain

Click Here to Download Your Hardware Store Scavenger Hunt Printable

Learning Through Exploration

We started it off with a bit of exploring and familiarization of the store. The first part of the printable has the kiddos look for different things they may find in the store. My daughter actually turned this into a writing exercise and wanted to spell out items she found.

Spelling Hardware Left Brain Craft Brain

One of the best things that came out of this adventure was a lot of questions. “What’s that mom?” “What does that do?” And the funniest of the day was the most perplexed question. “Mom, why do they sell so many toilet seats at the hardware store?” Good question honey. I really don’t know.

Toilet Seats at Hardware Store LBCB

One section of the scavenger hunt was all about comparisons.  I asked her “What can you find that is taller than you?” She made a beeline for these colorful bins and started stacking.

Building a Tall Tower LBCB

This really was a cool learning experience for both me and my daughter. It’s definitely worth the time and adventure to inspire their curiosity. And I’d be remiss if I didn’t thank Ace Hardware for our amazing experience. I went into the store, armed with a camera and a curious kid and they were totally supportive. And kind of thrilled that my daughter was so into what they do.

Download your FREE! Hardware Store Scavenger Hunt Printable and have some fun!

Get Inspired by the Hardware Store

Are your kids inspired by the hardware store? Have them try Tinkering Trees or a Portable Tinkering Kit!

Tinkering Trees and Kit

Or here are a few of my favorite kid-sized tools and inspirational books.

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Inspire the maker in your child with this fun Hardware Store Scavenger Hunt. It's the perfect STEM Challenge for after school or scout activities.

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