Scavenger Hunt Suggestions:
Team Scavenger-Hunt Ideas
Divide the groups into teams and set them 1 clue at a time. This is to prevent the teams from dividing up and gathering all the scavenger hunt clues simultaneously. For this, you need to have appropriate photo scavenger hunt items and challenges.
Once organized, the teams should have a designated search point for which to return to for the next photo scavenger hunt clue.
Alternatively, you can hide riddle scavenger hunt clues near each object of the hunt, so that each clue points roughly to where the next clue is.
However, to do this style of photo scavenger hunt, you will need to split the clues into two lists, otherwise the other team will surely steal or hide the competitions clues – after all, you surely remember how competitive these team games can get!
To spice up your photo scavenger hunt, you can write additional challenges on the back of each clue, all of which must be completed before receiving the next clue or progressing further.
Another fun way is to write one word of a clue/challenge on the back of all of the clues. Then when the team has all the pieces, they must reconstruct the challenge/clue and complete it first to WIN.
Solo Photo Scavenger Hunt List Ideas for Kids
This is where you set everyone competing to finish on their own, or for those with an only child.
To organise this kind of scavenger hunt, the best way is to number the clues in different orders when you have other players. This means that the competitors head out to find completely different clues at the same time.
The fact that they all have to find all the clues and keep it secret from their competition makes this a long and fun way to play a photo scavenger hunt. You can of course just let them complete the clues in any order too, however this tends to lead to followers and thieves. If it is only one child playing a solo riddle scavenger hunt, then bonus prizes, time limits and clues that are very well hidden will help to keep things exciting. For times, don’t even let them lose … as this is not fun. Time it yourself and then set realistic time bands. Each band leads to a different prize.
Traditional Find and Seek Riddle Scavenger Hunts
In the UK, this would normally be called a Treasure Hunt. With this style of game there is a ordered line of scavenger hunt clues hidden around the area. These clues each point to the next and eventually lead to the treasure! It can be played in the house, but is often better played outside, or in a large indoor playing area.
Riddle scavenger hunts can be played individually or in teams. You must make it a rule that the teams MUST NOT take the other teams clues. Then both teams get a starting card and race off to find the treasure. However, once again, dividing the cards for each team will make this more fun and prevents cheating. By this, I mean that you should use two completely different sets of cards.
Time Challenge Photo Scavenger Hunt – Ideas
Setting a time limit can really sore excitement levels! There are a few options for this:
1) You can set a time and see who collects the most clues, the one with the most winning the game.
2) You set various time levels! This is best done with a bonus. Hence, if the challenge is completed within time level 1, they get the full bonus, time level 2 reduces to 75% of the bonus, time level 3 reduces to 50% and so on.
3) You can set a time limit for each photo scavenger hunt clue, meaning that they must stop hunting and change clues when the time runs out.
Obviously you can repeat missed clues, but the pressure (or appearance of pressure) makes it very exciting for participants.
Relay Races: Spice Up Your Scavenger-Hunt Ideas With Exercise
This is a very simple twist on the treasure hunt theme, but can work well for two players and for teams of two. With this method, one person waits at the ‘relay line’ while the other races off to get the first riddle scavenger hunt clue, when they return with the clue, the next person races out for the 2nd clue, and so on and so on.
To add extra excitement, you can also add a challenge, dare, or obstacle course to each part of the relay, such as adding an apple-bob (where you must remove an apple from a pool using only your mouth).
Adding such challenges can really help even things out, as anyone can be the winner with extra challengers like these adding a ‘random’ unpredictable excitement …. Such as when you are in the lead and just can’t grab that last APPLE!!! Aaaaagh
Pirate Photo Scavenger Hunt List Ideas for Kids
All kids love Pirates! And let’s be honest, most adults secretly like them too! Treasure hunting is a fantasy activity for most kids, so why not bring it alive with a themed party.
The pirate themed photo scavenger hunt should be just one element of the party though, as when combined with movies, fancy dress, pirate food, fake battles, treasure maps, pirate ship tours (if one is near you) and then rounded off with a real pirate treasure hunt!
It really makes for an exciting day. Of course, if you can stage this ‘on location’, even better! But, if there is no boat at hand, a beach or woodland area can provide a really fun atmosphere.
This can also work great with traditional riddle treasure hunt clues. However, the authenticity can be heightened by writing the clues on cloth, maps, old paper etc. Kids just love this kind of party.
Use Your Own Ideas for Your Photo Scavenger Hunt Day
These are just a few of my ideas, but there is no reason why you can’t twist them or make your own. There are no strict rules to photo scavenger hunts or riddle treasure trails, just that they should be LOTS of FUN.
Take time to play with some scavenger-hunt ideas and see what works. However, if you discover something that works really well, please drop us a message so that we can share your idea. We will happily give credit to you (if you would like it) and the ideas can help keep scavenger hunts fun for everyone!
SEASONAL SCAVENGER HUNTS
Easter Scavenger Hunt Suggestions
Why not make this Easter a fun day out for your friends and family. Host your own Easter photo scavenger hunt challenge day! After all, it is the time of year when you can finally be outside, after months hiding from the cold. The fun challenges will create great photos of everyone involved, some to be laughed about for a long time to come.
Another great way is to have a traditional Easter egg hunt! A mix of chocolate Easter eggs, painted eggs, or even balloons (filled with the surprise of your choosing … custard can be very good fun!) can make this an exciting day. If you want, you can even offer small gifts. Mixing in scavenger hunt riddle clues for extra eggs or prizes makes the kids use their brains and really adds to the excitement.
Christmas Scavenger Hunt
The ultimate time of year for an indoors adventure. Spend time having fun with the family, as everywhere is closed anyway lol.
So, why not make Christmas exciting by creating a present treasure trail! Hide those presents, or only allow them to be unwrapped once a photo scavenger hunt challenge is completed. When you see the clue is solved and/or a photo has been taken.
This can turn a 30 minute frenzy of opening presenting, into an exciting adventure that lasts hours. Add in a few challengers or dares to actually receive the gift and the possibilities are endless. You can run a scavenger hunt for friends at a party, your children for their gifts, or even as a romantic surprise for your partner.
Why not download a Christmas Scavenger Hunt and make this Christmas one to remember!
Birthday Party Photo Scavenger Hunts
What a perfect time to take photos! There are two ways you can do this kind of scavenger hunt. For a single person (most likely your only child, or partner) you can hide a present or surprise at the location of each clue.
However, if you are planning a party, then a fun idea is to either have gifts for everyone, or hide the food for the party itself. The kids then hunt for random present or have to find all of the treats before the party begins. Obviously, this in itself turns into a really fun party, which is then followed by the unwrapping of present, or pigging out on lots of goodies!
Either way, I very much doubt your guests will be bored. It really helps to turn a normal birthday into something exciting and memorable!
PLACES FOR PHOTO SCAVENGER HUNTS
Zoo Riddle Scavenger Hunts
A Zoo scavenger hunt is a fantastic hunt for kids or the whole family. Why, because:
1) The place is huge! 2) It is already exciting. 3) It can be educational and fun. 4) It helps you get value for your money, while learning something new.
As far as making it educational, clues can be used to “classifying” animals, making the players put the ‘clue’ photo into a category (like; mammals, fish, bird etc). You could also make the players categorize the zoo riddle scavenger hunt clue targets into countries of origin, or have to find another similar animal and explain why they think it is similar.
The whole event also leads to discussions about the animals, how they live and why the look certain ways. I remember doing this with my school; we all had a great time! So why not let your kids and a few friends try it, or even give it a go yourselves, as you still have to actually find the clues!!
Farm Riddle Scavenger Hunts
This is another place that is great for an educational farm scavenger hunt. The clues point to common animals and equipment on a farm. However, it doesn’t need to stop there, as you can extend the challenge. Setting extra targets like explaining the use of each clue, or what the animals eat can make a huge difference to the depth of a hunt.
Just be careful where you hide the clues and remember that pigs WILL EAT ANYTHING!
City Photo Scavenger Hunts Ideas
Photo scavenger hunts spanning across an entire city or town can lead to a whole day out! It is a great way to explore the city/town while trying to solve all the clues.
Thankfully, with mobile phones, teams can scatter across the city and be easily recalled when there is a winner with a simple phone call. Obviously, for younger children, we would recommend an adult go with each team.
However, this can be fantastic fun for all ages, especially if it is a new city or you are on holiday! The photos and memories that you create will be very different from your normal city outing!
Park Scavenger Hunts
This can make a nice trip to the park a little more interesting, as a scavenger hunt not only adds some excitement to the day, but encourages exploration and discover.
Make the treasure a picnic hamper and you have a great day outside for the whole family. Obviously, as with the other ways of playing, a park is perfect for including extra challenges in your hunt.
Just be sure to keep younger children safe, especially in larger parks.
Home Riddle Scavenger Hunt
Yes, I know that you don’t want to stay at home. However, for rainy weekends, special events (like birthdays), or just as a nice easy surprises, an indoor treasure hunt rocks!
Imagine that you have just woken up on a normal weekend and there is a letter stuck to your door. A treasure is waiting for you, but first you have to solve these clever clues … can you complete the challenge!?
Of course you can. So, off you go to take on the challenge. As you uncover small prizes on the way, this is no longer an ordinary day.
A photo scavenger hunt or riddle treasure trail adds extra excitement to almost any event. You can always download some free scavenge hunt clues to try out too, just go to our pages, pick a hunt and at the bottom of the page you will see instructions for how to download your clues:
However, hunts do not necessarily need to be in the physical world. If you would like me to create lyrical, Internet, fact finder, or even movie scavenger hunts, just drop me a line via our contact form.
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