How to Write Treasure Hunt Cards

Written by april kohl
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How to Write Treasure Hunt Cards
Treasure hunt clues can be hidden in all sorts of places. (message in a bottle image by William Berry from

Treasure hunts can be an excellent way for children and adults alike to pass the time. By combining hide-and-seek with a series of puzzles, a treasure hunt provides exercise for the body and a workout for the mind. With a little careful planning, you can write treasure hunt cards that will keep your competitors occupied for hours.

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Things you need

  • Pen and paper

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    Choose the starting point and the goal of the treasure hunt. The goal can be anything: from locating a prize to finding where a picnic is going to be held. Once you have a goal 8in mind, it is easier to produce clue cards that lead to it from the starting point.

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    Decide on how many steps will lead the treasure hunters to the goal. This determines not only how difficult the treasure hunt is but also how long it will take. More steps mean more clues, which means increased difficulty and therefore more time needed to complete the hunt. Once you know how many clues there will be, decide on where each clue will be located.

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    Write a riddle or puzzle of some kind which leads to the location of each clue. Each riddle will be the "clue" on the treasure hunt cards. The idea is that, once a clue card is found, it will lead to the location of the next clue card, and so on until the end goal is reached.

Tips and warnings

  • Instead of simply creating a riddle that leads the treasure hunters to the next clue, you may like to try coupling a photograph with a puzzle. The answer to the puzzle would give the hunters the general location of the next clue while the photograph accompanying the puzzle will give the hunters a hint about the precise location of the clue.
  • When creating puzzles and riddles, always bear in mind the age of the treasure hunters solving them. Writing riddles that are too hard for the age group will make the game a lot more difficult, if not impossible, while using the same riddles for an older group could see the game end in a fraction of the planned time.

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