Treasure Hunts and scavenger hunts are ultimate low-cost entertainment for children and adults alike.
They instigate healthy competition and intrigue in a fun environment, but are also a great promoter of communication and interaction with others. Whether you’re trying to create an engaging activity for children or entertain a large group on a hen do, treasure hunts and scavenger hunts are an absolute winner!
The brilliant thing is that whatever group or age group you’re setting the treasure hunt for, the steps are simple:
Here’s how to create a winning treasure hunt:
1. What’s the theme?
The theme sets the story. It’s your backdrop and will often help you come up with amusing clues or challenges as a result. The underlying tone of adventure and fun that a theme creates means that people often get more involved and immersed than they would have otherwise done.
You might just tell a bit of a story before the treasure hunt, such as “Pirate Pete has forgotten where he hid his treasure! Fortunately he left clues and if you find the treasure he’ll reward you with prizes! Can you help him?”
Alternatively, you might forewarn the group (such as a hen party) that the treasure hunt theme is going to be “Burglar themed” and have everyone turn up with swag bags and stripy tops.
2. What’s the point?
Do you want a crazy-exciting final prize? Do you want people to do hundreds of silly things along the way? Is it crucial to have a winner? Do you simply want to entertain the kids on a rainy day?
When you’ve decided your goal, make sure you’ve set the treasure hunt up to tick this box. If you need to include an exciting route, make sure you recce it before you send people on a wild goose chase. Is it safe for children? Is the route accessible for all? Have you prepared the prize?
Remember: the end point is not always the WHOLE point. Sometimes it’s as much about the journey as the destination.
3. How will you set clues?
It could be sticky notes stuck up around a room, paper beneath stones or something more complicated. Whatever you choose, creating a clue platform that everyone can access is very important. Don’t put clues somewhere that someone will “tidy away” or that the dog might eat. If you have different aged children, make sure the youngest can read, or include clues that “must only be read by the youngest person” etc.
If you’ve got time, there are some great ways to combine clues and challenges together, such as:
– Freeze clues inside ice cubes that have to be melted to reveal the clue
– Place the clue in a tricky-to-reach location, such as in a bucket in a tree that has to be dislodged with a stick
– Write a clue that can only be deciphered by reading it in a mirror
– Use lemon juice as invisible ink
4. Find a way for people to work together or against each other.
People tend to be naturally competitive, but need to be on an even field. Pair or group people together and get them to go head to head against other teams. This enhances their experience and holds their attention for longer.
In addition, the more fun you have setting it up, the better it will be! Your enthusiasm will be visible so follow the group and watch how they interact with the clues. Enjoy!
Register for a DeadDrop Event
Why not save the fuss of organising your own treasure hunt? Instead, join our pre-organised, team events; suitable for large groups of all abilities. All events are themed and incorporate scavenger hunt elements and team challenges.