How to Make Clues for a Scavenger Hunt

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Scavenger hunts are an exciting game to organize with a group of friends, or a creative theme for your next party. Clues are used in scavenger hunts to lead scavengers to the next object they need to find in order to complete the hunt. If you want to create a scavenger hunt your friends will remember, follow these simple steps to make crafty scavenger clues.

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Take a picture. Pictures can be used to reveal the location of the next clue in the scavenger hunt. Get creative with the angles of your pictures to make the clue easier or harder to find. If you've hidden the clue in a closet, take just a picture of the closet doorknob.

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Write in code. Write your clue in a note, but do it all in a secret solvable code. This code can be numbers or symbols, perhaps with a key to make solving the code easier. Scrambling words is another creative way to write a clue. For example, if there's a clue in the backyard write "ckabrdya."

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Leave hint trails. Create trails leading to the next clue. You can leave squares of paper leading to the location of where the next clue is hidden. If the scavenger hunt is outside, tie ribbons on different objects, like trees, to alert the scavengers that they are getting closer to the hiding place of the next clue.

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Create riddles. If you want to get really creative, make a riddle that tells your scavenger where the next clue is. If you've hidden a clue under the desk, for example, write, "you might use me to get work done, or just another place to hide your chewing gum. I'm the location of your next clue."

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Use an online scavenger hunt website. Different websites can generate scavenger hunt clues, organized by theme. Visit a scavenger hunt website, such as and download and print out your clues for your next scavenger hunt party. See the Resource section.

Things You'll Need

  • Camera
  • Pen or pencil
  • Paper
  • Computer



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