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Treasure Hunt - A Fun Activity for any Occasion
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Fun for any Occasion
This kind of activity works especially well for children’s parties, though any time you get a group of people together, it can be fun to have a treasure hunt, or scavenger hunt. It helps to motivate your players if there is a prize involved, but it can be fun even with no actual prize. As long as you set the game up right for the intended participants it should go over well. I recently set up a treasure hunt for my kids and to my surprise even my 17 and 16 year olds were participating and having a good time doing it.
To set up the hunt, the first thing to do is to make a basic map of the area where the game will be played. Be sure to add as many landmarks as possible and try to make it similar to the actual area. It doesn’t need to be a work of art, but it does need to be close enough for the players to associate it with the playing area. I have included a picture of the map I made for my most recent hunt. If you have a decent sized yard it should work fine, if not you could use a local park or area of a nature reserve. It will require a bit of preparation to make the map but it can be a lot of fun.
In addition to the map, you will need a list of riddles or clues that will each lead to a location on the map where something is hidden. I set mine up with ten riddles that lead to an area of the map with a hidden clue. The answer to each clue coincided with a specific area of the map. Each of those clues was a letter that when ordered correctly spelled out where the actual prize was located. The letters weren’t in any order so there was one last riddle to solve before the prize could be found. I wanted my kids to work together as a team and I wanted them to have to create a plan so I set a time limit on the game. I gave them the clues or riddles with instructions that told them to take all the time they wanted to make their plan, because once they started the hunt they only had ten minutes to find all the clues and then find the prize. The riddles and instructions were as follows.
There are ten eggs hidden with a clue in each of them that will guide you to the ultimate prize. You can take all the time you need to figure out the riddles and the clue locations, and make a plan of how you will retrieve the clues, but once you go in search of the clues you only have ten minutes to find them all and get to the prize.
- Structure made primarily of mineral deposits
- Don’t climb on it
- _ _ _ _ _ _ the gap
- _ _ _ _ of cards
- _ _ _ _ N Roll
- People with swords do this
- The south _ _ _ _
- When you're in trouble you go to the _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _
- Your Smile
They didn’t have the answers of course but they were as follows, and remember each one lead to a specific area on the map.
- Metal Building
- Climbing Wall
- Horse Shoe Pit
I was impressed at how well my kids worked together to get the clues. I did help them a little with the riddles but for the most part they figured them out on there own. They got the locations figured out then split into teams to cover certain areas. They had all the clues but one in about three minutes, though the missing clue took them another five minutes to get. That left them with just over two minutes to put the letters together and find the prize. The letters were T H E O L D F O R D, not necessarily in that order as they found them. They figured it out and got to the old Ford truck with only seconds to spare. It was actually after the ten minutes when they found the hundred dollars hidden in the glove box, but I wasn’t about to tell them that they hadn’t earned it. I think they had a lot of fun, and I know I did. The next time you have a party you might consider setting up a treasure hunt as one of the activities. They can be very engaging for the participants; they encourage critical thinking and team work, and will create memories that will last a life time.