# Riddle ideas for a treasure hunt

Treasure hunts, often called scavenger hunts, are a wonderful activity for a party--or for any day of the year. Kids love them, and sending a child on a treasure hunt is a great way to give a birthday present or hand out party favours. Coming up with good treasure hunt clues can be equally fun.

Treasure hunts, often called scavenger hunts, are a wonderful activity for a party--or for any day of the year. Kids love them, and sending a child on a treasure hunt is a great way to give a birthday present or hand out party favours.

Coming up with good treasure hunt clues can be equally fun. A good riddle is challenging and clever, but not impossibly difficult. It presents a new way of looking at a familiar object. Many riddles rhyme, but they don't have to--their inventiveness is their most important quality.

## Trees

A riddle for a tree could say, "I drink, but not from a glass; I eat with ten thousand fingers. What am I?" This works best if you have one very prominent tree in the yard; otherwise it could get confusing. Or, you could add something else to clarify it such as "I keep watch over all that lies in front of me."

• A riddle for a tree could say, "I drink, but not from a glass; I eat with ten thousand fingers.
• Or, you could add something else to clarify it such as "I keep watch over all that lies in front of me."

## Soap

"You use it between your head and your toes, the more it works the thinner it grows," says Creative Youth Ideas, referring to soap. You could tuck a clue behind a bar of soap in the bathtub, since this clue specifically leads kids to bathtub soap.

## Piano

You could tuck a clue into the piano, laying it beneath the covering for the keys.

The clue leading to the piano could read, "I have dozens of keys, but none of them open a door. What am I?"

## Bed

A clue leading to a bed could say, "What has four legs and a head, but doesn't walk?" Tuck a clue behind a stuffed animal or place it just under the covers, on top of the pillow.

## Book

Creative Youth Ideas offers a riddle for a book: "Stiff is my spine and my body is pale, but I'm always ready to tell a tale."

The only trick would be helping kids to zero in on the right book, instead of searching through bookshelves for the clue. Placing a large book like a dictionary on a coffee table in the living room could give kids a hint.

## A Sieve

"What is round as a dishpan, deep as a tub, and still the oceans couldn't fill it up?" asks Thinks.com, referring to a sieve. You could place your next clue in this bottomless container, putting it in a spot where kids can find and reach it easily.

## Towel

"What gets wet when drying?" asks a riddle on Thinks.com. The answer is a towel, which you could tuck a treasure hunt clue into, folding it carefully around the towel rack.

## Wheelbarrow

"I am on three legs when I rest, and one when I work," says a riddle on TolkienTrail.com. Place a clue inside a wheelbarrow if you're orchestrating an outdoor treasure hunt, weighing it down with a small stone.

## Clock

TolkienTrail.com has another great treasure hunt riddle: "This thing runs but cannot walk, sometimes sings but never talks. Lacks arms, has hands; lacks a head but has a face."

If you have a clock with a door that opens and shuts, like a grandfather clock, you could place the next clue inside. Or, place it beside the base.

• TolkienTrail.com has another great treasure hunt riddle: "This thing runs but cannot walk, sometimes sings but never talks.

## Chess Board

Creative Youth Ideas offers a very clever riddle for a chess board: "Throughout history, there have been thousands of well-documented cases of horses jumping over towers and landing on clergy and small men, forcing their removal. What am I?"

This could be a tricky one for many kids, but some will enjoy the challenge. Offer them a hint if they need one.

• Creative Youth Ideas offers a very clever riddle for a chess board: "Throughout history, there have been thousands of well-documented cases of horses jumping over towers and landing on clergy and small men, forcing their removal.
• This could be a tricky one for many kids, but some will enjoy the challenge.

## Easier Riddles

The riddles mentioned here are fairly challenging, but for younger children, you can find easier riddles at Scavenger-Hunt-Fun.com. Its "Around the Home Poem Clue Hunt" lists numerous rhymes that lead kids to various spots in the house.