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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Outdoor Bible Scavenger Hunt

If you’re looking for a fun outdoor activity with the kids this summer then a bible scavenger hunt is perfect for you. It won’t take long to set up and will have the kids playing for hours if you make it long enough.

The premise of the hunt is to have the kids look up the items they need to collect using bible versus. Then they collect all the items and turn them in to collect the prize. You can go through the bible and fin your favorite versus but here are a few examples to help give you an idea.

  • Leaf – Proverbs 11:28
  • Five Smooth Stones – 1 Samuel 17:40
  • Grass and a Seed – Genesis 1:11

This is a great way to teach kids how to look up passages in the bible. You can also use it as a way for them to read some of your favorite parts of the bible. Once you have all the items listed that the kids will collect you can start working on the clues. You can either write the clues out on paper or use the TextClues service to send the messages using text messages. The clues can look something like this:

Clue: Read Proverbs 11:28 and find a green L___ . Respond with what you need to find.

Answer: Leaf

Clue: Great go find one! Then read 1 Samuel 17:40 and find F___ S_____ S_____ . Respond with what you need to find.

Answer: Five Smooth Stones

Clue: Great go and find them! Then read Genesis 1:11 and find some G____ and a S___

Answer: Grass Seed, Grass and a seed

Clue: Congratulations, hand in everything you found and collect your prize!

We hope you are able to enjoy this scavenger hunt with your family and come up with some fun clues of your own. Remember to try out the TextClues Demo and you might find it is a great way to keep your kids interested!

Fun Scavenger Hunt Clue Ideas

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?

Answer: 1905

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 

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:

OR

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!

Mirror Message Clue

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.

How to Make a Father’s Day Scavenger Hunt

Father’s Day is coming up and this year you should give him a gift that shows how much you care. A gift he will be telling all his friends about and one that he won’t ever forget. Scavenger hunts make great creative and memorable gifts and are perfect for father’s day. Using TextClues you can send the clues and receive the answers automatically over text messages… now that’s something he will never forget!

The scavenger hunt you create for your dad should have prizes based of his hobbies and and interests.  The clues can be based on his habits around the house. If your dad likes to fix things around the house get him a few new tools. If he likes playing sports get him some new or upgraded equipment. The clues can lead him to the spots where he likes to spend time around the house.

Here’s a simple example hunt that you can modify for your own Dad:

Clue: Happy Father’s Day Dad! What tool is sitting in the seat where you like to eat? Reply with the answer

Answer: Hammer

Clue: Alright now what’s hiding on the grate where you cook your world famous steak?

Answer: Screw Driver, screwdriver

Clue: Last but not least. What’s lying down in the spot where you sit and read?

Answer: Drill, Power Drill

Winning Message: Congratulations you found all your gifts. Happy Father’s Day Dad, thanks for always being there for me.

You can customize the clues and prizes to fit you own Dad and give him a gift he won’t forget. If you don’t want to give him so many small gifts and want to focus on one big gift then you can make a slight adjustment. In the places the clues lead to leave a question written on a note rather than a prize. The answer to the question will be the answer for the scavenger hunt. For example you can ask him what’s his favorite band, movie, book, actor or vacation spot.

Whatever you do have fun! And don’t forget you can try our TextClues demo here.

Shopping Mall Scavenger Hunt

Looking for a fun activity for a group of kids or teens? Well a Mall Scavenger Hunt provides family friendly fun at a very affordable price. There are a few different types of mall scavenger hunts. Have a read and pick your favorite.

The first is called a budget scavenger hunt. Each group is given a imaginary budget
and needs to come up with the best “purchases” for a certain scenario. They don’t
actually buy anything but instead write down what they found and can only “spend”
their imaginary budget. The scenarios can be fun like: A trip to the rain forest, a day
on the beach, climbing mount Everest or if you were trapped on a desert island.

Another fun idea is called the A-Z scavenger hunt. Here the groups need to find an item starting with all the letters of the alphabet. You can give them a chart that has all the letters of the alphabet, a place to write the store name and a place to write the
product name.

The last option is a classic clue scavenger hunt around the mall. For this type you’ll have to head to the mall the day or morning before the hunt to come up with a list of clues. Walk around and look for interesting and funny features in the mall (storefronts, advertisements or mall features). Then ask questions about these features in the scavenger hunt.

Whenever you’re making a scavenger hunt you should consider how the TextClues service can make it that much more special. It allows you to complete the scavenger hunt entirely using text messages. See how it works using the demo.

Scavenger Hunt Riddles (Part V)

We’ve got a few more riddles here that you can use on 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.

  Bathtub   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
  Sink   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
  Shower   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
  Closet   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
 Basement   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.

Nature Scavenger Hunt

Summer is almost here and it’s time to start getting the kids out of the house. Get them running around smiling with a nature scavenger hunt. Not only will the enjoy the sun and fresh air outside but they might end up learning something too.

This type of scavenger hunt is also really easy to make. You just need to think of a list of items that you kids can run around and collect. You can change the difficulty of the list depending on how much your kids know. Start simple with items like: a leaf, a stick, bark and a stone. If they know a little bit more you can list things like: maple leaf, oak leaf, birch bark, three leaf clover and acorns.

Creating a TextClues scavenger hunt can make it more fun than just a simple list. Sending clues to your kids via text messages will get them excited but adding a little bit of story will make it even better. Tell your kids that the government need some explorers to find samples of the local wildlife. Then you can create something like this:

Clue: I’m glad we found an explorer that can help us! Are you ready to go out and find samples of everything we need?

Answer: yes, ya

Clue: Alright perfect! We need you to find a leaf from an Oak tree. Let me know when you have found it.

Answer: Found it, Got it

Clue: Great, next wee need to see if you can find us a three leaf clover. Keep an eye out for a luck four leaf clover while you look . Let me know when you found it.

Answer: found it, got it

Clue: Last but not least see if you can find an acorn. Let me know when you’ve found the last item.

Answer: found it, got it

Clue: Congratulations! You found everything, now bring it home and show your parents.

Have a look at our demo and see how easy it is to make a text message scavenger hunt. Happy hunting!