Today I wanted to share a simple and basic way to put together a scavenger hunt for any age. A scavenger hunt is a fun activity to do indoor or outdoors, but especially if you are wanting some alternatives to electronic device entertainment. Plus I have 10 clues ready to print for 4 different age groups!
Paper cut into 10 small rectangles
A prize or treat at the end
If you are like me, the hardest part of any scavenger hunt is coming up with the clues! Below are simple guidelines you can use to come up with clues for each age group, plus some printable clues I came up with if you are wanting something quick!
Use very simple directions telling them exactly where to go next. Example: “Go to where you sleep and look under something soft.” (Clue would be under their pillow.)
The clues can be a little more difficult, telling them what is done or what is found at the place of the next clue. Example: “Roses are red, violets are blue, the next clue is where you go number 2. ;)” (Clue would be on the toilet lever in one of the bathrooms.)
Ask them to solve a simple math problem to figure out what page in a book the clue is, or how many steps to take, or use a decoder to find the location of the next clue. Example: “The difference between the area and the perimeter of the book below (book drawn with title and labeled 6 x 4), is the page number you must go to find the next clue.” (Clue would be taped to page 4 in the book.)
Ages 13 and Up
Offer riddles or multi-step directions for clues. Example: “I am full of holes but still I hold water. You’ll find a clue under me.” (Clue would be tucked under the kitchen sponge.)
Of course you can use a combo of these to accommodate a variety of ages!
That’s it! Pretty easy, right? I hope my clue printable were helpful and can facilitate having fun– faster! Especially on those days where you might be stuck at home!