"This Scavenger Hunt Clues page is packed with fun ideas for creating your own children's scavenger hunt picture clues, puzzles, riddles, secret codes and much more"
Once you've decided on your scavenger hunt party theme it's time to look at creating the clues and putting your scavenger hunt list ideas together. There are lots of different types of scavenger hunt clue ideas to choose from and we've listed some of the main one's below to help.
Just remember it's important that you carefully consider the age of the children taking part in your scavenger hunt and the time available for it when deciding on the type and difficulty of the clues for your list - too difficult and the younger kids will become frustrated; Too easy and the older kids will not feel challenged and may get bored!
The Main Types of Scavenger Hunt Clues
Secret Code Clues
Maritime Signal Flags
Maritime signal flags are a fun and colorful way to create your own scavenger hunt secret codes and add variety to the more common letter and number codes. Kids also love flags and respond well to colors and shapes, so using signal flags is always a popular option.
If you want to use signal flags to create some of your scavenger hunt codes, you'll need to give each of the teams a copy of the flags to crack the code - just click on the flags below and follow the simple printing instructions to print as many free copies as you need for your scavenger hunt teams...
If two of the items on your scavenger hunt list were "egg" and "shoe" for example, here's how you would draw the signal flags to write the clues for "egg" and "shoe"...
International Morse Code
Here's another great way to create some fun scavenger hunt clues for your kid's party...the Morse Code chart!
Here's how you would create a code...If two of the items on your children's scavenger hunt list were "egg" and "shoe", you would write the clues in Morse code as...
Telephone Keypad Code
The telephone keypad is another fun source of codes for your scavenger hunt clues...
Here are a couple of examples of clues created by taking each of the letters that make up your scavenger hunt item (for example e, g, g from the word "egg") and swapping the letters into the numbers on the keypad on the same button as the corresponding letter (for e,g,g it would be the buttons 3, 4, 4...
Click on the keypad above to print your own free keypad copies then hand them out to your scavenger hunt teams. They'll then be able to 'crack the codes' you've created for your own scavenger hunt party!
Here's another visual way to create your scavenger hunt clues...Egyptian hieroglyphics! - Kids love the intrigue and legends surrounding the pharaoh's buried treasure's, so deciphering ancient Egyptian hieroglyphics is an exciting challenge for the older kids from ages 8-12 and older.
Here's a free printable chart you can use, just use it in the same way as the Morse code or the signal flags described above to create your own special hieroglyphic scavenger hunt codes...
Hidden Letters & Word Clues
You can make these clues easier or more difficult to suit the children's age range by using shorter and simpler words for the younger kids and longer and more complicated words for the older ones.
Here's an example of some scavenger hunt items which have had the letters in their names mixed up to create some mixed-up letter clues...
Here's an example of a clue phrase where the first letter of each word is combined to solve the clue...
Here are some scavenger hunt word clues which have missing vowels - just pop in the missing vowels to solve the clue and start the hunt!...
Backwards & 'Mirror' Writing
Here's an example of a backwards writing clue (in purple), a mirrored writing clue (in green) and a combination of both mirrored and backwards writing ;-)...
Word Search Scavenger Clues
Write your scavenger hunt clue either going across, down, diagonally or backwards on an empty grid (like the grids below), then choose a different word that does not have ANY of the same letters as the letters in your clue word...for this example, "plant" is the clue and "comb" is the 'filler word' that fills the rest of the empty boxes in the grid around your clue. Neither "plant" nor "comb" share any of the same letters.
You can tell the kids that the filler word is "comb" - they will need to cross out all the letters that are in the 'filler' word “comb”, to reveal the clue!...in this example, the word "plant". To make it harder for them, don't tell them what the filler word is! ;-)
Riddles & Rhymes Scavenger Clues
Riddles and rhymes are another really fun way to create your own scavenger hunt clues. Here are a few examples:
- What has a tongue that can't taste, a throat that can't swallow, eyes that can't see and a sole that will never die? - (A shoe)
- What is black when it's clean and white when it's dirty? - (A chalkboard)
- I am a king or queen but also a common device to measure. What am I? - (A ruler)
- When I take off my clothes, it puts on it's clothes.
When I put on my clothes, it takes off it's clothes. What is it? (A clothes hanger)
For lots more kids scavenger hunt riddles and rhymes brain-teasers, check out our special page full of scavenger hunt riddles.