Being at home with no ‘play time’ outdoors is quite boring for kids. If you have been hearing the ‘I’m bored’ phrase quite often at home, it’s your cue to spruce up their free time with an indoor adventure that they will absolutely love. So go ahead and transform your home into a themed scavenger hunt game full of treasures and mysteries that your kids will enjoy finding. Perfect for the weekend, this game pumps up their energy, gets them thinking and keeps them engaged. You can be as creative in laying out the clues and hints, making it interactive and customize it for kids across various age groups. To make you an expert at hosting a successful Indoor scavenger hunt, we have put together a helpful guide to get you started.



Pick your theme

Start off by deciding on the theme of your scavenger hunt. It could be something simple yet captivating enough to draw the interest of your kids. A jungle theme is quite popular, where you can dress up your kids as lost travelers and tell them to find clues to find their way out. It could also be something else that they love. Some other popular themes include race cars, princesses, dinosaurs, pirates, Disney characters etc. You can also include your kids in this process and tell them to suggest what they love.

Work on the clues

Now’s the fun part for you – Clues, which will take them from one spot to another, helping them solve the hunt. Once you pick your theme, work on putting together a set of clues that your kids would be solving. Make sure they are easy enough for them to understand but also not too easy for them to finish the activity too soon. It's good to keep the clues rhyming so that it has a nice ring to it. Each clue will lead them to another spot where the next clue will be waiting for them. To help you, we found some interesting clues you could use.

I have four legs, but I don't have feet, I come in handy when it's time to eat.

My job is to put an end to sleep, which I do with music, a buzz, or a beep.

I rain on you when you need a scrub, I'm very much like my friend the tub.

I make it possible to have fresh food, everyone agrees I'm one cool dude.

I have a round knob and also a lock, visitors and salesmen may give me a knock.

A story, they say, can take you away, but a book still needs a place to stay.

I have drawers and also a nice flat top, for homework I'm helpful—keep working, don't stop!

I'm hungry! I'm hungry! Please feed me a slice, I'll spit it back out all brown and nice.

I hold all the words you need to know, use me to make your vocabulary grow.




Make the treasure

Once the kids go from one clue to another and solve them all, they will be finally reaching the treasure which will hold their final prize. Now finalizing this prize can be tricky since you cannot be going to buy new toys or games or clothes. But it’s not really about the gift but the whole time that they spend running around in excitement, solving clues and getting ahead in the game. So you can put together anything from homemade cookies and a yummy cake to their favorite snacks and they will be more than happy to get it. Put in some efforts, decorate the treasure basket to make it really appealing.

Place the clues

The next step is the place all your hints strategically. Make sure they are numbered in a way that they get to run around the house a lot. This will build more excitement and tire them enough by the end of the game. Also, ensure you do not hide the clues in a way that it’s to hadr to find. For example, if you are leading them to the bed, let the clue paper hang a bit out from under the mattress so that it’s visible to them. Make sure you keep your kids away while placing them around the house, so that they have no hint as to where they are being placed.



Let the hunt begin

Now that you have set your entire game, it's time for your kids to start the scavenger hunt. Carefully, make them understand the let the game begin. Be there and cheer for them always but let them solve the clues themselves. Even if they take some time, and the answer might seem obvious to you, part of the fun is seeing them really put their head into the game. You can say ’hot’ or ‘cold’ to help them out. Eg. When they are nearing the answer you can say ‘warm’ ‘warmer’ ’hot’, or when they are going off track you can say ’cool’ ‘cooler’ ‘cold’. This way you direct them to the answer without letting it out. When they finally find the treasure, let the whole family join in for the celebration. Cheer and congratulate them and present them the prize. As for you, the happiness on their faces will be all the prize you need.

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