Personalized scavenger hunts are fun, they make good gifts, and they can actually be made pretty quickly. I set up the following scavenger hunt in about 3 hours, and you can make one too! Below are some suggestions for planning the hunt and some of my favorite clues. Click here to see the full example of a scavenger hunt with 20 clues.
Planning a scavenger hunt
- Walk around the house and make a list of potential places to hide clues
- e.g. inside a coin bank, underneath that stupid plant
- Aim for objects that have a personal connection
- e.g. that infamous Signals & Systems textbook you both used in undergrad
- Brainstorm clue types
- e.g. word scramble, symbols, drawing, physical items (keys!)
- Create a clue for each item
- e.g. “$” (to represent the coin bank)
- make your clues as weird/fun as you can. not so serious and straightforward.
- Plan the order of the clues
- start with something easy. Save the more exciting ones for the end.
- connect the different items in your list together, if possible
- allot sufficient time alone on the premesis to hide the clues
- pick hiding places that likely won’t be uncovered before you want the hunt to begin
- Try not to make the clues too easy or too difficult
- Ideally, I want there to be several wrong guesses, or 5-15 minutes of thinking
- Offer clues when they get very stuck.
- Let the scavenger hunt lead them to a main present at the end.
My favorite clues
Below are a few of the clues I included in the scavenger hunt, as well as the answers. Maybe they’ll help inspire some fun clues for your scavenger hunt! (See full scavenger hunt)