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.
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