With the holidays right around the corner, we have created some fun Christmas-themed activities...that also incorporate language development. Win-win if you ask us!

Scavenger hunts are a great way to explore different vocabulary and language concepts. They can be used to target receptive language skills, expressive language skills, and pragmatic language skills.

For receptive language, an individual may read or listen to an item to find. For expressive language, an individual may say or write the item they found. For pragmatic language, an individual may work with someone else to complete the scavenger hunt, or ask for help locating an item. Note: these are only a few examples for targeting language skills- there are many more ways to use scavenger hunts!

The Scavenger Hunt List

You can download (for free) this on our Teachers Pay Teachers page

Where would I use a scavenger hunt?

A few possibilities include:

  1. Classroom
  2. Home
  3. Outside
  4. Book
  5. Picture scene
  6. Videos/songs
  7. High tech AAC device (e.g. speech-generating device)


This is one of our favorites! Others can be found here.

Visual Scene

Hint: you can use the markup/annotate feature on devices to help point out different items.


Our tips:

The individual or individuals can share what they found and tell you verbally, or write it down. They can explain why they picked a certain item, e.g. "I found an ornament because it is fragile," or "I found a cookie because it is homemade."

Some items can be applied to many of the scavenger hunt icons - you can decide if an individual has to find unique items or not.

Use this as a guide, but feel free to add or remove some items based on your situation or activity.

Check out our Hanukkah-themed scavenger hunt as well!

Some of our other holiday activities:

Christmas- and Hanukkah-themed following directions

Baking, playing games, making a snowman