Clue Treasure Hunt
Although perhaps the
most traditional format for a treasure hunt involves simple rhyming clues
leading to different locations, one location at a time, many of those
looking to plan more exciting treasure hunt activities are experimenting
with different ways to leave clues OUTSIDE of the 'sometimes overused'
rhyming clue to rhyming clue treasure hunt format. Movies like National
Treasure leave a lot of room for creativity to come up with all kinds
of puzzles and activities to lead would-be treasure hunters to all kinds
of fun locations in a variety of ways. Below are some fun ideas on how
to make the standard clue to clue format a lot more interesting and fun!
Have them DO something in order to get their next clue. This could be
any number of things like digging up an object in the dirt, wading through
some water, purchasing it from a shop owner, etc.
Don't feel restricted to words. Consider leaving visual clues instead
of written clues. Perhaps a photograph of a location
or a PART of
a photograph of a location. Allow them the puzzling fun of figuring out
exactly what it is a picture of that will lead them to their next destination
in the treasure hunt.
Provide an audio clue. This could be leaving a phone number for them to
call (with someone waiting on the other line for their call to provide
the next clue.) For extra fun on this idea, make sure they are calling
someone that they do not know or recognize. You can also leave a looping
CD/MP3 player of a recording with their next clue, playing behind a locked
Have a message written out, but in pieces. They'll have to assemble the
message in order to read it. If you'll be having several people/teams
going on your treasure hunt, provide 'sets' of puzzles/clues in small
baggies so that every team/person arriving at a location can pick up a
full set. For an easy solution that provides a certain level of difficulty,
put your clues through a standard office paper shredder set on 'strips.'
It will definitely take some time to put it together
the size and shape of your clue and which direction you insert it into
Leave a single object as a clue. Make sure that object is clearly labeled
as a clue in some way (in a certain, well designated box, etc.) If your
treasure hunt is for just one person, consider wrapping the objects like
small presents for added fun. Sample objects might include a small screwdriver
for a clue to lead to the toolbox in the garage, an imprinted napkin from
a specific restaurant, etc. We offer some fun objects to leave behind
as part of clues designed SPECIFICALLY for a treasure hunt - click HERE
to see them!
Combine all the different varieties of clues mentioned above. Remember
that you want to keep their interest throughout the hunt. The longer the
treasure hunt you have planned, the more difficult it's going to be to
keep it interesting. Variety is a great way to keep that interest level