Easter Scavenger Hunt

So with Easter only a week away, why not take a few minutes to plan out a super fun interactive way for the kids to find their Easter treats this year.  Use a text message scavenger hunt to send your clues to any cell phone and the kids follow along finding hidden clues and treats.  It is just like any other scavenger hunt but with the clues sent directly to the participants cell phone (if they don’t have their own, they can use yours)  it makes the hunt more interactive. You can either give clues for hidden treats along the way or just have one big Easter treat at the end of the hunt, you decide.

Now the best thing about setting this up with Textclues.com is that with a little preparation ahead of time you will have the hunt all ready to go on the day.  With this tool, you can even set up several different scavenger hunts that will start at the time you decide.  If you have two or three children they can each follow the same or different clues and have a great time searching for their treats.

It’s so simple.  To set up your Easter hunt, first, you’ll need to decide on whether you’ll give the kids a few treats along the way or a big treat on completion.  Then think up some clues to lead them to a specific location to get their treat and the next clue.  You should be able to come up with 10 – 20 clues without too much trouble.

So, here is an example of a hunt to start you off:

Clue:  Ready to get some clues to find your Easter treats?  Reply with Answer, “Yes” or “No”

Answer:  “Yes”

Clue:  Your first clue is hidden in a place that’s not far, go to the cupboard where Mommy’s clothes are.

(clue hidden in the closet says figure out this riddle – “The next place to look is always cold, with nice things to eat, maybe this is where you’ll find your Easter treats” text me the answer when you find what’s there).

(hidden in the fridge is a chocolate egg)

Answer:  Cadbury egg, chocolate egg, egg

Clue: Well done!  You’ve got your first treat, your next clue is waiting where you normally sit to eat.

(clue hidden under the seat says, now to test your knowledge,  what is 10 x 7?)

Answer:  70

Clue:  That’s great, you’re really starting to think, this clue says respond with the answer found under the sink

(under the sink is a chocolate treat with a note saying “tasty chocolate”)

Answer:  tasty chocolate

Clue:  You’re doing well, check out on the deck, behind the chair, tell me what you find there.

Answer:  a book, book

Clue:  Correct,  now turn to page 20 and read the note.

(note in book says, go to your bedroom, look under your bed and tell me what you find there)

Answer:  Marshmallow bunny

Clue:  Wow, you’re doing so well, continue on this way, we’re having lots of fun, here’s a riddle for you – I’ll let you open me whenever there is sun, what am I?

Answer:  A window, window

Winning message:  Yes!  Go to the closet in the guest room.  (Chocolate basket or bunny is found in the guest room closet)

Have fun with your hunt, you can make it as easy or complicated as you like.  If you want to add some educational touches to it, go for it.  If your kids are older make the clues a bit more complex and more of a challenge to find.  Have fun personalizing it for your family.

Happy Easter everyone.

Valentines Day Gift Idea: Scavenger Hunt over Text Message

Valentines Day Cookies

Surprise at the end of the v-day scavenger hunt :)

Valentines day is almost here. I wanted to share a unique gift idea for that special someone in your life. Have you ever thought of sending them on a scavenger hunt? Here at TextClues we let you create a text message scavenger hunt. Our system automatically sends and responds to text messages to your loving partner’s cell phone. So you can actually watch and guide them through the hunt or sit back and just watch the fun. You can schedule the scavenger hunt to start at any time you like, or you could set up a few surprise texts throughout the day.

Here’s an example of a text message scavenger hunt you could send them:

Clue: Hey babe! How’s work? Welcome to your surprise v-day scavenger hunt :) Reply “start” to accept the challenge!
Answer: Start
Clue: First an easy one, who first introduced us?
Answer: Rosy
Clue: Ya that was a fun night :) What are we eating later tonight? Hint: it’s my favorite
Answer: Lasagna
Clue: I love your lasagna! I can’t wait until we go on vacation to my favorite city of…
Answer: New York
Clue: I can’t wait! Okay, what’s my favorite exercise?
Answer: Yoga
Clue: Yep :) Just got back from my class. Next question, what are we doing tomorrow with Lindsey?
Answer: Skating
Clue: That’s going to be so much fun ;) Go down and check in the backseat of your car for a surprise. What is it?
Answer: Cookies
Clue: Hope you like them!!  Happy Valentines Day babe!

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Father’s Day Gift

With Father’s Day creeping up on us, yet again, this year, we are always on the hunt for new and exciting gifts to make this Father’s Day that much more memorable than the last!

Is your dad a big gadgets fan and constantly has his cell phone around him? Why not make use of his phone for something he would never thought to use it for. A Scavenger Hunt Father’s Day Gift!!

How would this work? If your dad has a cell phone he can use, with text messaging capabilities, and you have some fun ‘dad facts’ to help make your hunt successful, you are set! The cell phone, questions, and dad’s correct answers will bring him on a fun-filled journey to the end goal of your choice.

Let’s show you how this would work!

Clue: Happy Father’s Day, Dad. Let’s get started. Head to the photo in the house where the family went to Europe. What colour are my pants in the photo?
Answer: Black
Clue: Right! That was a great trip :) Next, head over to baby John’s crib. What company is printed on the label of his favorite blanket?
Answer: Endeavour
Clue: That used to be my blanket!! What sheet music is currently sitting in the piano?

Answer: Fur Elise
Clue: Your favorite – I’ll play it for you later. What does mom have stashed in the cookie jar?
Answer: Chocolate
Clue: Yes, and your favorite kind too! There’s a coupon in the mailbox for you. Go grab it and tell me what you are getting.
Answer: Back massage
Clue: Yes. We know how much you love those. Finally, head over to the kitchen and tell me what is defrosting in the fridge?
Answer: Steak
Clue: Yes, your favorite. We will be having those tonight. Happy Father’s Day!!

Easter Scavenger Hunt

With Easter coming up in a couple of weeks, what better way to go on the hunt for chocolate than through a fun-filled scavenger hunt? Instead of aimlessly looking for chocolate, you can create a scavenger hunt that will lead your kids/friends/family/neighbours/co-workers from one clue or goodie to the next.  This can all be done through a program like TextClues, which allows you to send clues through your phone!

You just need to decide:
1) Whether you want to leave mini treats throughout the hunt or if the hunt will just end in one big surprise
2) The various clues during the hunt to make the scavenger hunter know where to go from place to place

Let’s get started with an example!

Clue: Welcome to the annual Easter hunt! Can’t wait for you to see what we have in store for you :) Head on over to the jar where the cookies are stored. What picture is on the front?
Answer: A sun
Clue: That’s right. And what is behind the cookie jar?
Answer: Kisses
Clue: Yes, some kisses for you to get started. Head to the area in the backyard where you may find some spring flowers. Reply with “Done” when you’re there and have found your treat.
Answer: Done
Clue: Head on over to the area in the kitchen where you would find a bunnie’s favorite treat. Reply with “Done” when you are there and have found your treat.
Answer: Done
Clue: Somewhere in the house is a photo that was taken last Spring 2012. Remember where it is? Go find it and look for the treat. Reply with “Done” when you’re there and have found your treat.
Answer: Done
Winning message: Go find Aunt Susie now for the big surprise!

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A Sweet Valentine’s Day

So it’s the day of Valentine’s Day, and you still are unsure what to get your sweetheart. Do not fret! Tools like TextClues will make your Valentines’ Day that much easier to get your valentine a gift they will never forget.  TextClues provides an easy to use tool to create personal scavenger hunts that are sent through text messages of your cell phone. In this way, you can incorporate memories of the two of you together in the scavenger hunt and have your valentine be led to a special gift at the end of it all!

Let’s get started!

Clue: Happy Valentine’s Baby. Thought I forgot? Think again :) Go to the area of the kitchen where you might find something sweet. What did you find?
Answer: Chocolate chip cookies
Clue: Your favorite :) What movie did we watch on our first valentine’s day?
Answer: Harry Potter
Clue: That’s right. Can’t believe its been so long! What is your favorite meal?
Answer: Pasta
Clue: Yup! I’ll be making that for you tonight :) And your favorite wine?
Answer: Shiraz
Clue: That is also waiting for you in the dining room :) Finally, what would be your favorite dessert?
Answer: Ice cream
Clue: We’ll end the night off with some of that. Roses are red, violets are blue, Chocolates are so sweet and so are ___
Answer: You
Clue: Yes I am ;) Happy valentines day babes. Love you! Can’t wait for dinner tonight.

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Valentine’s Day Hunt

With only 7 days away until Valentine’s Day, it is easy to fret about what possibly to get your valentine.  Have no fear though – scavenger hunt programs that make use of text messaging on cell phones, like Textclues, can provide you with an easy, yet thoughtful, solution to make this your best valentine’s day yet!

All you need to think about is:
a) Where should the scavenger hunt take place: In the comfort of your home, around the neighbourhood, or all throughout town
b) Where do you want the scavenger hunt to end
c) Whether you want to involve other gifts during the scavenger hunt or lead to a gift at the end of the hunt
d) Some facts that will make your valentine reminisce the time spent with you

Once you have all of this thought up, you are well on your way to putting together a fantastic gift that your valentine will never forget.

Let’s get started!

Clue: Hey there valentine, what is my favorite nickname for you?
Answer: Pooks
Clue: You’re right pooks ;) Head to the kitchen and look in the cookie jar. What do you find?
Answer: Kisses
Clue: Yes, chocolate kisses for you and some real kisses for you later too :) Go up to our room. What number is on the back of my favorite jersey?
Answer: 40
Clue: That’s right. We’ll save that number for later. Now, work through this word puzzle: Chime – him.
Answer: Ce
Clue: Deer – eer + ar
Answer: Dar
Clue: Now put those two words together.
Answer: Cedar
Clue: Right! now put this together with the number mentioned before, starting with the number.
Answer: 40 Cedar
Winning Message: Great job! Head on over to 40 Cedar for 6pm tonight for a special night out ;) Happy Valentine’s Pooks!

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Valentine’s Day Gift

Every year Valentine’s Day slowly creeps up upon us and every year we try to think of new ways to make this year more special than the last for our family members, significant others, kids, friends.

Why not put together something like a valentine’s day scavenger hunt, where at the end of the hunt, there can be a gift waiting for your special someone, or if not a gift, just the fact that you have created a scavenger hunt for them would be thoughtful enough!

You can use TextClues to send your valentine on a text message scavenger hunt.  This way, they can have the hunt sent to their cell phone, and each time they respond with the correct answer, the next clue will automatically be texted to them! Less paper work and laying out of paper for you, and more interactive overall for your valentine.

Let’s get this started!

Clue: Happy Valentine’s day, babes! Head over to our bedroom and tell me what year the photograph on the night table was taken.

Answer: 2005

Clue: That’s right! Now, open the top drawer of our dresser. What do you find inside?

Answer: Chocolate, Lindor chocolate

Clue: Yup, that’s for you :) Save me a piece for later :) Now, tell me what DVD is sitting in the “Forrest Gump” movie case

Answer: 10 things I hate about you

Clue: I know you love that movie :) Let’s watch it later. Now, this requires a bit of thinking. When you first see me, you instantly recognise me. I show you exactly what you show me. What am i?

Answer: A mirror

Clue: You’re right! Head to the mirror in the main hallway. What do you see?

Answer: Me, Myself, My reflection

Clue: Yes, I see you too! I love you, just the way you are. Now it is time to head out for your favorite meal

Create your own with our free text message scavenger hunt demo.

Secret Santa Hunt

Are you doing a Secret Santa with a colleague, friend, family, neighbour??  Do you want to find a sneaky way to send them hints as to who you are, without the trouble of leaving mysterious notes around, or to help lead them to the surprise gift? If you both have cell phones, why not send them “mysterious” text clues from “Secret Santa”?? You can use a tool like TextClues in order to send your Secret Santa clues from an unknown phone # to them, so they will have no idea who you are, but keep them on their toes at the same time!!

How would this work with, perhaps a colleague at work? Let’s get started!

Clue: Hey there! This is your Secret Santa sending you on your first hint about me :) Head over to your desk, second shelf. My eyes are the same colour as the package awaiting you.

Answer: Brown

Clue: That’s right. Know who I am? Probably not. The next clue can be found behind your phone. What year does it say on the sticker?

Answer: 1970

Clue: Yep, now you know the year I am born! :) Those are all the clues for today.  Stay tuned tomorrow!

You can stop this hunt after this first set of messages, and schedule a second hunt to start the following day by using the scheduler on TextClues to schedule when the next message should be sent :)

Clue: Welcome back! Know who I am? My favorite food is sitting in the kitchen fridge, in a red container. Feel free to have it and respond what I am.

Answer: Brownie

Clue: Yum indeed! Alright, final clue – you may know me as the “good with numbers” guy at the office. Head to Josie for the final clue.  What did you get from her?

Answer: A dollar

Winning Message: Right! Lastly, and you better get it right now, but my last name rhymes with the last answer :) Come find me for your prize! And if you don’t guess who I am, well, I may just as well be keeping it :) Happy Holidays!

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Holiday Scavenger Hunt

Christmas and the Holidays are quickly approaching and you may be trying to think of a more unique way of presenting your gift to loved ones, instead of the typical “under the tree” theme.  What better way to give your gift through a surprise text message scavenger hunt, using a tool such as TextClues?  Not only will the individual receiving the gift be so happy to receive your gift at the end, but they will have a blast trying to find it in the first place!

Let’s get this started!

Clue: Merry Christmas, baby! Thought I didn’t buy you a gift this year? Think again! What year was the photo taken that is sitting on the fireplace?

Answer: 2008

Clue: Great! Now head on over to where that mistletoe is hanging in the house. What did you get?

Answer: A kiss

Clue: That’s right. Don’t worry, that’s not your gift :) Look inside the cookie jar in the kitchen. What is the odd one out in there?

Answer: A chocolate kiss!

Clue: More kisses for you! Take a look under your favorite sofa. What is there?

Answer: Slippers

Clue: Yes! Your feet are always cold so here are some slippers to keep them warm. Speaking of warmth, could you use a cup of hot chocolate right now? Head to the kitchen.  How many marshmallows are floating in your cup?

Answer: 4

Clue: Right! Enjoy that cup :) Ok, head over to your night table drawer. What’s inside?

Answer: A key

Winning Clue: Yes, and what jewelery box does it unlock? Look inside for your surprise! Hope you have a great holiday. Love you! xx

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2012 London Olympics Quiz

The London Olympics were a tremendous success and awesome event. If you and your friends followed every twist and turn and you want to have some fun with an after the event quiz to test your friends recollection of the event using a cell phone based quiz then TextClues is for you. TextClues allows you to set up a series of questions and answers in advance, the options are almost limitless, you are simply limited by your creativity and the time and effort you want to devote to the quiz. The TextClues website provides user friendly guidance on how to set up a quiz or scavenger hunt, it is very simple to use. Below is a short sample of some very easy Olympics questions to illustrate how the quiz would work. Questions are sent by text to the participants’ cell phones and when answered correctly a new question is texted, this process continues until all questions are answered correctly. Nothing could be simpler. To provide an incentive for all participants a clue to find the winning prize could be set up as the final text. See the TextClues demo and FAQ for more information and to answer any questions you may have.

Question: How many Gold Medals did Michael Phelps win in the 2012 Olympics?
Answer: 4

Question: Who won the Gold Medal in tennis in the 2012 Olympics?
Answer: Andy Murray

Question: How many medals did the USA Team win in the 2012 Olympics?
Answer: 104

Question: The USA Women’s Soccer Team beat what country to win the Gold Medal?
Answer: Japan

Obviously many more questions could be asked depending on the group’s area of interest and knowledge. The questions can be made as easy or difficult as you want although clearly you don’t want to make them so difficult that no one stands a reasonable chance of answering them all. On the other hand if the questions are too easy there would be no challenge. Use your judgement to determine the best questions to ask.
After all the 2012 Olympics Quiz questions have been answered correctly a text message could be sent to the winner advising him or her of the winning prize. Good luck and if you have any questions that the TextClues website doesn’t appear to address simply send an email message to the TextClues support team at support@textclues.com