One of my most popular blog posts has been a treasure hunt I made a few years ago – you can read all about it here – but when a ‘big’ birthday for my dad came up, I decided to make him treasure hunt too. I wanted this one to be a little bit harder so keep reading if you’d like to make a treasure hunt for someone special.
This treasure hunt is longer than the last one but I promise it’s definitely worth the effort! In this hunt there are 18 clues / riddles and instead of hiding a present with each clue (this could get expensive) I hid all of the presents like a treasure trove at the end of the hunt.
I started by giving the first clue to my unknowing dad and as he solved them, it gave him a location where the next clue was waiting for him. You might recognise some of these clues from my previous treasure hunt as I ‘recycled’ some of them and added in some harder ones and some riddles too. The first clue is the toughest but I promise they get easier.
A treasure hunt is surprisingly easy to make – all you need are a selection of clues, some good hiding places across the house or garden and I bought some cards and envelopes which I wrote the clues on but you can download my free printable. All you have to do is print the clues on single sided paper, cut them up and hide them in the correct place!
Search far and wide, by any measure
It’s time to begin your quest for treasure
Treasure Hunt – The Clues:
Clue 1: A very famous chemist was found murdered in his kitchen today. The police narrowed it down to six suspects. They know it was a two man job. Their names; Felice, Maxwell, Archibald, Nicholas, Jordan and Xavier. A note was also found with the body: 26 – 3 – 58 / 28 – 27 – 57 – 16. Who are the killers?
Hint: If you need a hint, you could give the recipient a copy of the periodic table where the numbers match up to elements on the periodic table.
Answer: Felice and Nicholas.
On the correct answer, I then gave my dad clue number two by hand.
Clue 2: You’ll lay your head here when you’re about to count sheep, it often gets fluffed before you go to sleep
Answer: Underneath a pillow
Clue 3: Feeding from me they float on air, wings beating fast, they best be quick because soon there won’t be enough to last
Clue 4: A metal box with numbers is usually the norm, for this thing that keeps our food warm
Clue 5: A clue to find where you keep things cold, where to go next is what you’ll be told
Clue 6: It’s full of paper and full of ink, its not a book so what do you think?
Clue 7: Turn up the heat, it will help you bake, cookies, casseroles and even a cake
Clue 8: People knock on me to say hello, but you lock me up when I go. What am I?
Answer: Front door
Clue 9: To find the next clue, you’ll have to think, you’ll use one of these if you need a drink
Answer: Glasses cupboard
Clue 10: I get bigger when I eat but die weaker when I drink. What am I?
Clue 11: Can you find something which has keys that open no locks, with space but no room and allows you to enter but not go in?
Clue 12: 100 degrees
Clue 13: — / • / • — • • / • / • — — • / • • • • / — — — / — • / •
Hint: If the recipient doesn’t recognise this, you could give them a morse code key to decode the clue
Clue 14: 4 – 2 – 7 – 2 – 4 – 3
Hint: These numbers match up to the dial on the telephone keypad
Clue 15: You’ll find a clue with tools used to eat, hurry now, your hunt is almost complete
Answer: Cutlery drawer
Clue 16: Soap and water but it doesn’t clean hands, used with persil, ariel and many other brands
Answer: Washing machine
Clue 17: Where you can watch films, cartoons and episodes too, check behind me to find the last clue
Clue 18: A place where water falls down like rain, after it falls on you it goes down the drain
If you want a slightly shorter and easier treasure hunt which is fun for all the family, click here.
Treasure Hunt Inspiration
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