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How to Make Scavenger Hunt Riddles

By Gemma Craig ; Updated October 03, 2017

No scavenger hunt is complete without crafty riddles that ignite the imaginations of your guests while providing essential, yet not-too-obvious clues about the location of each object. While you can find numerous scavenger hunt riddles online to use, they aren't tailored specifically to your event. Although it may take several attempts to craft witty riddles that hint of an object without giving it away, anyone can master the skill with a bit of practice. By creating your own scavenger hunt riddles, you'll provide a memorable, one-of-a-kind experience that will last a lifetime.

Write down each object and its location on a sheet of paper. For example, if one of the objects on your scavenger hunt is a maple leaf, and it can be found near a pond, write "maple leaf" and "pond" on your paper.

Jot down two or three notable characteristics about each object and its location, such as its color, items that are nearby and sounds that it makes or that can be heard nearby. For example, if one of the objects is a rock and it is located by a pond, you could write down "hard," "heavy," "water" and "fish." Or, for example, if one of the objects is a scarecrow, and it is located in a cornfield, you could write "straw man," "corn" and "crows."

Research sample scavenger hunt riddles online to get an idea as to how they are crafted. Try to get a feel for the rhythm and flow of the words, and how long each sentence is.

Write down the key attributes of the object in a simple rhyming manner using the list you created in Steps 1 and 2. For example, if you're creating a riddle about a leaf, you might say:

"I am green, if you know what I mean. I spend a lot of time stuck in a tree, but come autumn, I am set free."

Warning

Don't make the riddles too obtuse or vague, especially if the scavenger hunt is for children; otherwise the items may never be found.

About the Author

Gemma Craig began writing in 1993, expanding to various websites in 2007. She writes about interior decorating and design, travel, film, literature, technology and consumer electronics. Craig's work has been published in "Spinner," "USA Today" and numerous regional newspapers.