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Scavenger Hunt Clues – How To Create Them and Our Favorite Hunts

Scavenger hunts are extremely fun, and not only for kids. Adults and kids alike will have fun solving the scavenger hunt clues and searching for the next clue. The creation of an entertaining scavenger hunt depends on how creative the clues are. Here is a guide to creating great scavenger hunt clues that will stump and/or entertain your hunters.

Different Types of Scavenger Hunt Clues

Before you start developing your scavenger hunt clues, you need to decide what kind of style you’re going to use. There are a few different variations and this will determine how to proceed.

  • Rhyming couplets – If you want to go the rhyming way, a couplet is the easiest. A couplet is a pair of lines that often rhyme and have the same meter. Here is a great example of a rhyming couplet clue.

When you come in the front door
You’ll find me near the rug on the floor.

  • Fill in the blank rhyming couplet – Just like the rhyming couplet, you can use a fill in the blank technique. The second line with the rhyming word would be the place you would look.

If you don’t know where the next clue will be

Trying checking where we keep the coffee and _______

In the above example, you child would need to know that tea rhymes with be and then go look in that spot. It adds an extra difficulty factor to the clue.

  • Specific location – A location clue will be straightforward phrase with the answer leading you to the location of the next clue. Here’s an example.

Where we give you a bath

These types of clues are great for younger children.

  • Images – You can test your child’s knowledge of the things in your house by using images as your scavenger hunt clues. Take pictures of objects around your house. This is where you’ll hide your clues. Crop your pictures so just a portion of the object is visible. Your child will have to figure out the object in the picture to know where the next clue resides.
  • Rebus style – If you remember the TV game show Concentration, you’ll be familiar with Rebus style puzzles. A rebus is a type of puzzle that uses pictures to represent words. If you’re looking for some rebus examples, check out Puzzles To Print’s rebus examples. These many be more difficult to create but a rebus puzzle will definitely be more fun for the hunters.

This is a rebus style puzzle which is an option when creating your scavenger hunt clues.rebus style clue. from flickr – by Dedra Wolff


Setting Up Your Scavenger Hunt

There are two ways to structure your scavenger hunt.

  1. Set it up so that the hunter has to find one clue at a time, in sequence, to find a “prize” at the end. This requires more planning as you need to create the clues in sequence and hide them all.
  2. Create a list of the items (or clues leading them to the item) the hunter has to find. They need to fine all items in order to complete the hunt and win a “prize”.List based scavenger hunt clues
    image from flickr – by Melissa Hillier

You will want to determine the type of hunt based on the amount of time you have to put the scavenger hunt together. Both types provide the hunters with different challenges and entertainment levels.

Whichever method you go with, make sure to do a run through yourself to ensure that the clues all match up or the items on your list are all easily accessible.


List of Great Scavenger Hunts

If you don’t have time to create your own clues, there are some great online resources that will provide ready made hunt clues. Here is a list of our favorites.

About.com has a great Outdoor Treasure Hunt Clue list ready for you and your little one.

Your kids still love Frozen like mine? Check out Bombshell Bling’s Frozen Scavenger Hunt.

This is a great game to play when on the road – Hotel Scavenger Hunt on Moms & Munchkins. It will definitely help keep your kids occupied while you try to unpack or unwind a bit.

Looking for seasonal scavenger hunts? Check out KC Edventures’s scavenger hunts for every season.

On Momdot they have a great Rainy Day Scavenger Hunt. Just hunt for some simple items to become the winner!

Outdoor scavenger hunts are great since nature is abundant with so many fun things to find.


image from flickr – by Take a Hike Arizona

What are your favorite types of scavenger hunt clues?

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