Scavenger Hunt Ideas & Rhymes


The scavenger hunt remains a popular party game because it brings party guests together and can be easily adapted for any age group. A successful scavenger hunt requires the party host to provide clues that are both clever and challenging. Rhyming clues give the scavenger hunt a whimsical feeling, while puzzling clues give players a reason to work together and mingle.

Creating Rhymes

  • Rhyming clues should sound poetic, but offer enough of a challenge to delight your guests. Focus on keywords for each clue, such as a place or object, and use a rhyming dictionary to craft rhymes around those keywords. If you are having difficulty rhyming your keywords, use words associated with a scavenger hunt that are easier to rhyme -- such as look, clue, seek and map. Use a thesaurus to find other words which have the same meaning but are easier to rhyme.

Puzzle Clues

  • You should craft the difficulty level of your puzzle clues to the experience and age of the players. For young children, cut up pictures into easy puzzles or take zoomed-in photos of different objects or locations. For adults, write clues out in a secret code or create pop-culture trivia questions that they must answer in order to find their next clue. Using a variety of puzzles keeps things entertaining and allows each player the opportunity to put his unique skills to use.

Combining Rhymes and Puzzles

  • Rhyming clues and puzzle clues do not have to be independent of one another and work will in tandem. For example, translate a rhyming clue into a picture rebus for your players to figure out. Rhyming clues can also be used to give guests hints on puzzles and brainteasers. Create an emergency envelope for each puzzle containing a rhyming hint. Using the hint will allow game play to continue, but will penalize players at the end of the game.

Other Scavenger Hunt Ideas

  • A scavenger hunt can be as big or as small as you want. If you are low on space, throw a magazine scavenger hunt instead. Create different rhyming clues and have guests rifle through old magazines to look for pictures that match. A road rally is an adult scavenger hunt that is played inside the car as players drive around looking for clues. Give each player a disposable camera and have him take pictures of different landmarks to win the game.

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