How to Plan Riddle Treasure Hunts for Kids (children); Get Ideas for Planning Your Own Scavenger Hunt!

Planning - Treasure Hunt Ideas

As any parent will tell you, keeping your kids entertained can be quite challenging, let alone tiring. However, if you plan properly, you may be able to keep your kids entertained without working too hard. Treasure hunts are the one of the best ways to do so. They are perfect for any occasion, indoors and outside. Whether it is just an ordinary day or your child's birthday, treasure hunts are one of the best ways to ensure that your child completely enjoys themselves, while exercising both their brain and their body.

Scavenger Hunt - Audience & Prizes

The first step to planning treasure hunts for kids is getting to know your audience. Kids get bored especially if the treasure hunt is not properly planned. Knowing the age and gender of the kids you are planning the treasure hunt for is one of the essential factors that you should keep in mind.

This will reflect in both the hunt style and the prizes that you should offer. Although money can be a keen motivator for all ages, having prizes that are 'trendy' amongst your audience can also make the whole event an extravaganza instead of just a fun activity. If you are unsure, ask some parents or teachers. Often it is surprising what will work in a treasure hunt for kids, as they do not need to always be expensive and should be small to be easily hidden. An example of this is popular card games (where kids compete and trade), or the recent spinning to battle game ... both small, not too expensive and LOVED by kids.

Scavenger Hunt - Time

Another aspect that you will need to look at is the amount of time that the treasure hunt you are planning should take. Making a treasure hunt too long may take a toll on the children and they may get bored and even give up on the hunt altogether. Moreover, if it is too short, the kid's may complain as the excitement would have just kicked in as the game is over. Instead, consider having a hunt that can be extended. By this, I mean have more clues and prizes than are actually required. Then, if they love your scavenger hunt, you can take a break before 'part-2' begins after lunch (how would they know that part-2 isn't a part of the plan??).

Scavenger Hunt - Theme

You may also want to consider including the theme of the party if you are catering for a birthday or another similar event. For instance, making the treasure hunt revolve around different aspects of the birthday party through actions such as collecting photos or collecting toys is one of the best ideas for birthday-themed treasure hunts. These can then be combined with creating costumes (from old clothes and paper), art competitions and games to make an all day event.

Scavenger Hunt - Location

However, with all that covered, another critical consideration is the location. The location will be based on the number of children that you expect to cater for. The location will also depend on the age of the children who are players in the treasure hunt. If you have 2-4 children, then you might want to have the treasure hunt in a place that is familiar to them, or a special party area that caters to kids. If you are catering for a large party of kids, some of the best locations is either their school or the park closest to you. For teens however, you might want to expand the location of the hunt. For instance, you might want to choose the whole town, the beach, or a friendly farmer's land to host the hunt.

There are plenty of websites which offer treasure hunt ideas. Such sites give plenty of information on what to use as ideas as well as appropriate treasure hunt clues to use for your hunt. However, you may have a talent of your own and be able to create your own interesting poems, riddles or clues for your hunts. What ever you do, just keep in mind your end audience and their interests and your day is sure to be a success!

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Brett.Tesol 4 years ago from Thailand Author

@ Sinea Pies,

For a 2 year old, you would need to keep it simple. Most would not yet have the ability to solve clues. However, they may be learning shapes and how to match pictures with real world objects. You might try hiding shapes in the garden, or taking photos of where things are hidden ... Like a bucket. You will probably need to help her, but u could also have fun counting candy at every stage ;-) ... Leading to the main prize.

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Sinea Pies 4 years ago from Northeastern United States

I have a 2 year old great granddaughter who stays with me one day a week...she's bright. I wonder if she's too little to do a treasure hunt? I think she'd have fun. We could go looking for toys! Thanks for the great idea, Brett. Voted up and interesting.

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ignugent17 4 years ago

This is really a good idea. I remember when we were egg hunting. Our parents would say it is under the trees or it is on the pots.

Thanks for sharing. :-)

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Brett.Tesol 4 years ago from Thailand Author


Thanks for your comment and pleased to be of inspiration :-). If you write the hub, some links would be very welcome. Shoot email or message when u do, as I'd like to read it and would be happy to socially share it.

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Dreamjar 4 years ago from Florida

I love creating scavenger hunts and it is a great way to add that special activity to a kids party without adding a big expense. You have given me a great idea for another Making the Most of Your Money HUB and I can link some of your scavenger hunt HUBs to it. Thanks for the inspiration.

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Autumn Martin 4 years ago

Great tips there. I will definitely incorporate this activity during our next get together at swimming class.

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Pamela N Red 4 years ago from Oklahoma

Such a fun idea, gets the kids away from the TV and computer and out in the sunshine. Your pictures are adorable.

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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina

Great hub on summer activities. I am Pinning and sharing with my Mom friends!

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Au fait 4 years ago from North Texas

Treasure hunts can be great for a lot of things. This is a good way for children to learn problem solving and observation while they're having fun at the same time. Voting you up, useful, and interesting. Sharing with my followers.

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kelleyward 4 years ago

I have three boys and am always looking for new ideas. This is a great hub. Voted up and Shared!

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Ruchira 4 years ago from United States

Brett, excellent ideas esp with ester coming :)

On a side note, I would love to play the above with my kid who I have observed is very impatient and wants instant results. This will help him become patient and gain stability.

Voted up as excellent/interesting and sharing!

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favouriteperfume 4 years ago from Malvern, UK

If you like treasure hunts, you'll love Geocaching

My kids and their friends love treasure hunts - it kept 7 of them occupied for the whole day yesterday (first day of school hols), with the older ones buying and hiding the treasure, hiding it and helping the younger ones find it...and eat it!!

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phoenix2327 4 years ago from United Kingdom

Your hub is well timed as the Easter holidays are upon us and I see a lot of grandparents taking on the kids while Mom and Dad are at work. This is a great idea for them to keep the kids busy.

Voted up, useful and interestng. Socially shared.

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SanneL 4 years ago from Sweden

Treasure hunts sounds like so much fun! I believe kids would love this, and such a great way to keep them entertained! You have put together some neat ideas. By the way, I love the adorable pictures!

Thanks for sharing! Your hubs are always of greatest interest.

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alocsin 4 years ago from Orange County, CA

How appropriate this is for upcoming Easter, though obviously, it's useful for any occasion. Voting this Up and Interesting. SHARED.

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EclecticFusion 4 years ago from Tennessee

This is a great idea! I know a few kids that would just love this. May have to try it for our upcoming Easter weekend get-together!


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Melis Ann 4 years ago from Mom On A Health Hunt

Great ideas here ~ an inspiration to make a fun treasure hunt for my boys!

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RTalloni 4 years ago from the short journey

What a neat look at putting a treasure hunt together for kids. Cute video. :) This is a great resource for grandparents!

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thumbi7 4 years ago from India

This is very interesting!

Plus I liked the picture of the cute girl:)

Thanks for sharing

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algarveview 4 years ago from Algarve, Portugal

Hi, Brett, this is a great idea. Sometimes we really don't know what to do with kids, it's challenging to say the least. I had never thought of treasure hunts, but it's really something. Even I would like to go on a treasure hunt... :) Thanks for SHARING. Voted up!

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radhikasree 4 years ago from Mumbai,India

Treasure Hunt seems to be truly enjoyable for the kids as they may enjoy themselves with the several kinds of programs being organized. Also I liked the idea of including arts and games as events. Up, useful and beautiful.

Thanks for Sharing.

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