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  DESCRIPTION     Make up clues, final clue leads to prize.  
  DETAILS     Place written clues in hidden locations for the children to find. Each clue leads to another clue location and so on until the final prize. Eight to ten clues work well. Here’s an example of how it works:

If six children are playing, six clues are handed out to begin and six clues are found in each hiding place. You’re only allowed to take one clue. Begin by handing out the first clue written on a piece of paper. Our game began with the following clue: "You will find your first clue where you sit down to play." The children immediately assumed this clue was somewhere in the sofa cushions. But it wasn’t. They were stumped. With a few helpful hints, they finally found their clue in the piano bench. From then on, one clue lead to another, until finally, the prize was found. If you don’t want disappointed players, that prize should be something all can share. An example: Candy Kisses.

Use your imagination with the clues, that’s all part of the fun. This activity was so successful, the children decided to make up a treasure hunt for their granddad. What could we give him as a prize? Since he likes to read, we decided to make him bookmarks that we made ourselves from heavy paper cut into strips and decorated with our own artwork. We then wrote up the clues which required some adult help. Click for a variation on this game.

  AGE RANGE     Pre-school to 12  
  GENDER     All  
  MATERIALS NEEDED     Paper for clues; Prizes; Objects to hunt:  
  SKILLS NEEDED     None  
  TIME TO PREPARE (minutes)     5  
  TIME TO PLAY (minutes)     20  
  MY RATING (1-10)     8                                                                     Rating Formula   
  NAME     Suzy Smith  
I used to do treasure/scavenger hunts all the time for the boys.  I was not clever – I just made a list of household items they had to find and they grabbed their backpacks and were off.  For Matt I just draw pictures (4 paperclips with a picture of a paper clip) and he’s fine as a non-reader.  The more complicated version would be fun too – we haven’t done that yet. (MC)

I love this game, it's a real time passer with enough excitement for everyone. (Julie M.)

We had fun, but I need more help on the clues... (
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