Today we’re going to give you some ideas for great clues and riddles for your scavenger hunt. Whether you are using the TextClues service or making your scavenger hunt by hand we hope that you will find these ideas helpful and fun. If you haven’t heard of out text message scavenger hunt service you might want to read more about it here. Now onto the clues!
Online Research Clues
This type of clue is great for adding some education into the fun of a scavenger hunt! It will not only help teach kids interesting facts, but it will also help with their ability to research facts on the internet. This type of clue asks very specific questions about subjects that the participants are interested in or that they are learning about in school. Some examples are as follows:
Clue: In what year did the tyrannosaurus Rex get its name?
Clue: How old was Christopher Columbus when he discovered the new world?
Answer: 41, forty one
Clue: How many planets are in our solar system?
Answer: 9, Nine
It’s easy to find facts such as the ones above by typing the topic of interest into Google and reading the educational websites that come up. You’ll find lots of interesting questions to ask the kids and might even learn something yourself.
Rebus Clues are great riddles for kids and are really easy to make. Sometimes they are take a little time to answer which is a great way to add some difficulty to the hunt without making it too hard. It may also help with the children’s spelling. An example for a simple Rebus Clue for “Toaster” is:
TV – V + O + AXE – XE + LOBSTER – LOB
You can easily make these clues on Festisite and clicking the rebus option on the top right of the webpage. You can choose to either print out the clue and hide it for the hunter or write out the clue to send over text message. This is a really fun clue to add to a scavenger hunt and we think you should try it soon!
One really neat riddle is one that can only be read by holding it up to a mirror. These riddles are a lot of fun and they are actually quite easy to make. There are two ways that you can go about creating the clues. One on the computer and one by hand.
If you want to create the clue on the computer and have a printer available here is an easy way to create your mirror message:
First, go into Word or your favorite word processor and type out you message
Highlight the text and use the “copy” function on your computer
Then open the program Paint. This can be found by clicking the start button and clicking on the accessories folder
Then paste you message into paint
Choose the drop-down menu for image and choose Flip/Rotate
Then click “Flip Horizontal” and save the image
Print the image and your message is done!
If that seemed too hard or you want to write the clue by hand there is another way. However, this way results in a messier looking message:
Get some paper, a mirror and a hard surface to write on (a book works well)
Now hold the paper up on the hard surface so you can see the page in the mirror
Looking in the mirror write the message out… this will feel strange! It might take a few tries
So there you have it, two ways to make an exciting new clue for your scavenger hunt. Now you’ll need to hide it close to a mirror. In the previous clue (whether sent via text message or otherwise) lead the hunter to the message and give a clue to the fact that it will need to be held up to the mirror.
We’ve got a few more riddles here that you can use on Tente Gonflable your next scavenger hunt. Use them to lead you hunter to the next prize hidden somewhere in the house. Don’t forget to check out all the other riddles we have on the site here.
In this small pool little yellow ducks rule!
Check in the place where wet warm water washes you well
Look in the place where bubbles sooth all your troubles
Don’t forget to wash your hands!
Go to the spot where your hands rub before you touch grub
Check the spot you see the water gush as your teeth get a brush
Here the wall spouts spraying water out
Check in the place where wet warm water washes you well
In this spot you can make it rain again and again
Everyone knows this is the spot where you hang your clothes
This room may be small but it holds your clothes, shoes and all
You can find cleaning supplies in this small room along with the broom
In the space that’s underground your next prize can be found
Look in the space down below where things for storage go
Look in the space down below the cold air likes to go
Save time and use TextClues to make your next scavenger hunt.
Here are a list of rhymingriddles that act as perfect clues for a children’s scavenger hunt. Just choose a number of objects in your house and grab the clue that you like best. The kids will be off in no time, running around the house looking for the items and trying to get to the end of the hunt.
Try out our text message scavenger hunt service here to add another element of fun to the scavenger hunt and also reduce setup and cleanup time.
I make music with my keys and make you want to shake your knees
When I play I make nice sound look around and a prize might be found
I make beautiful sound when you play and you get better day by day
When you hit me to the beat people start to move their feet
You play me with sticks and sometimes with kicks
I only sound right when my top is pulled tight
I held your dinner plate as you sat and ate
You have to set me up with all the plates and cups
This is where you take a seat when you’ve come to eat
I am where you like to write, under a bright desk light
I am where your computer lies, plugged in so that it never dies
This is where work is done before I can go and have any fun
I have a bright screen that should always be kept clean
This is the one spot in the house where my mom likes to have a mouse
I like to read CDs but sometimes I freeze
I’m soft in every bit and a spot where you like to sit
I am covered in comfortable cushions
While you watch TV you like to sit on me
I help you out when you walk so you don’t hurt yourself on a rock
Often when you say goodbye I am what you have to tie
I protect your feet when you run so they don’t hurt when you’re done
I play all those movies and shows
You are always keen to look at my bright screen
You like to watch me at every chance and I put you into a kind of trance
If you open my pages you will stare at me for ages
When you open my cover a fun new story is what you discover
Don’t judge me by my cover if you are a story lover
When creating clues for a scavenger hunt there are three questions you should ask yourself. Is the Clue Personalized for the hunter? Will the clue be fun for the hunter? Is the Clue entertaining? You don’t need and answer yes to all three questions for a clue to be great. However, if the answer is no for all three you might want to rethink your clue.
Is the Clue Personalized for the Hunter?
It’s great to add some clues to your hunt that are personalized to the hunter. It might involve an inside joke you both share, a memory you have together or trivia that they would find interesting. You might ask about the place where you first met or what animal you saw when camping together. Personalized trivia is another great clue to add to any hunt. If they are into art you can ask them a question regarding their favourite artist. For example “How many self-portraits did Vincent Van Gough perform between 1886 and 1889?”. Making this type of trivia is easier than it seems. Just take a few minutes to read about the subject on the internet and once you find an interesting fact make it into a question. Personalized clues are certainly one of the most impressive for the person receiving the hunt and they will be taken back by how much thought you put into the hunt.
Is the Clue Fun for the Hunter?
It sounds simple but it’s important to consider whether the clue will be fun for the hunter. This is similar to creating personalized clues but instead we are focused on general things they like. If the hunter really likes math then by all means add some math questions into your scavenger hunt. On the other hand if they hate dealing with numbers avoid that type of clue at all costs! This is also where you want to consider the difficulty of your clue. You want to make it difficult enough so that it’s not extremely easy but you also want to make sure that it’s not impossible for them to get. The right difficulty will get them scratching their head and then jumping in the air when they figure it out. If you’re not sure about the difficulty try it out on someone else and see what happens.
Is the Clue Entertaining?
Whether the clue is entertaining or not comes down to the wording of your clues. There are a ton of ways you can make a scavenger hunt more entertaining. You can make a fictional storyline for the hunt, maybe they need to find the deactivation code for a nuclear missile or find the toupee of their ungrateful boss. You can add some humour to the hunt with joke or sarcasm based clues and riddles. You can even add rhyming to your clues which is always fun.
These are just a few examples of how to make clues that are personal, fun and entertaining. The blog also has other ideas that will help you make hunt worthy clues. You’ll also come up with great ideas that haven’t been featured here. If you’d like to share your scavenger hunt ideas let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org and maybe we’ll write an article about them!
One easy way to make your scavenger hunt riddles and clues a little more fun is by adding rhyming to the equation. A well timed rhyme will have any hunter smiling in no time. The great thing about adding rhymes is that it’s not difficult at all! In fact you’ll find yourself having a blast while creating new clues.
The easiest way to create a good rhyming clue is to start by writing it out just as you regularly would. Now have a look and see if there are any obvious ways you could add to or rearrange the clue to make a rhyme. Focus on short simple words because these are often the easiest to rhyme. If you’re still stuck I find it really helps to use a tool like Rhyme Zone. There you can type in any word from your clue and find all the words that rhyme. This really helps give you inspiration and almost always outlines a word that you missed. Also don’t be afraid of rewriting your clue once you see some ideas on Rhyme Zone… or better yet once you think of some great phrases.
If you want some simple examples check out our demo where you’ll find an example hunt with some simple rhymes. I hope it convinces you to incorporate rhyming into your next hunt!