Writing your own scavenger hunt riddle clues can seem like a daunting task, but it doesn’t have to be. With a little forethought, a tiny bit of imagination, and the ability to search online, you can create your own scavenger hunt riddles and even have fun doing so.
1. First, it is important to get organized. Sit down and write a list of your hiding places. In a house that could be in a microwave, under a coffee table, in the bathtub, or under a bed. Outside you might hide clues in a mailbox, under a flower pot, in a birdhouse or somewhere on the front porch. Of course, you can get much more elaborate and stage a hunt around town, in a park, at a community center or at a trade show. It doesn’t matter where you hold the hunt or where your hiding locations will be; just write your list. Aim for a list of 10 and then it’s on to step 2.
2. Dictionary.com defines a riddle as, “a question or statement so framed as to exercise one’s ingenuity in answering it or discovering its meaning; a conundrum, a puzzling question, problem, or matter.”
So, in order to write a riddle clue, you’ll need to come up with a way to reference a hiding location in a subtle or complex way (depending on the age of your hunters) without giving away the answer. For very young children a clue to a mailbox location could be, “Find your next clue where we pick up the mail.” That’s easy enough. But what if you need a harder clue for teens or adults?
a. Try a Google search for “mailbox riddle” and see if anything stands out. In this case, the first riddle that shows up is…
“Take away my first letter and I am unchanged; Take away my second letter and I am unchanged; Take away all my remaining letters and I am still unchanged! What am I?”
Does this clue fit the age of your hunters? If so, you can check one riddle off of your list. If not try the same idea with some of your other hiding locations and then move on.
b. Think about movies, popular songs, commercials or phrases that may be associated with your hiding location and try to write a question, poem or statement around that.
In the case of a mailbox, the movie “The Postman Always Rings Twice” comes to mind. Whether a reference to that old movie will work for your hunt will again depend on the age of your participants. In this case a clue might be…
In the past this man may have always rung twice, but now he just drops his deliveries in the location of your next clue.
c. Not feeling clever at all? Try this. Suppose you wanted to hide a clue in a shoe. Why not use a popular nursery rhyme or song to help you write the clue? For example, “Look for your next clue in the location that the old woman with too many children lived.”
If you do a Google search for “shoe songs” the song “Footloose” will appear. Check out the words. They are the perfect inspiration for yet another shoe clue.
If you’re feeling footloose, you might want to kick off one of these Sunday items and find your next clue hidden inside.
3. Finally, if you want to give your clues an added flair, search for free clipart to add to the clues. Even make one or two rebus clues for more variety. A rebus represents a word or phrase by using pictures. For example, a picture of an apple, minus a picture of an ape, plus a picture of an ant, equals the word “plant.”
The key to writing your riddles is to think about your hiding places and what popular things can be associated with them. Then with a little help from Google, you can have a list of fun and challenging scavenger hunt riddle clues written before you know it.