Trade Secrets in Writing Treasure Hunt & Scavenger Hunt Clues For a Fun Party

Trade Secrets in Writing Treasure Hunt & Scavenger Hunt Clues For a Fun Party

Are you aware anybody who’s given a riddle to resolve and there may be a prize for fixing and nonetheless the particular person would not strive? I do not. In any case I am scripting this for people who like to create clues. Writing clues might be fairly intricate and demanding for inexperienced. Right here I current the construction to write down treasure hunt or scavenger hunt clues for any bodily object like fridge, closet.


We’re to arrange one scavenger hunt sport in our close by park for teenagers aged 9 to 13. We’ve got chosen ‘Grass’ as one of many objects to be collected in this clue primarily based hunt. Now we have to write a clue on ‘Grass’.

Begin from the Finish

The plain begin for writing a clue is to establish the reply (We chosen ‘Grass’). Bodily objects are simpler than summary concepts for making riddle hunts. Very particular solutions like ‘grass of Mike’s yard’ might be very difficult to resolve even for Mike himself. Much less particular solutions like ‘yard grass’ or ‘grass’ are usually not as tough nevertheless laborious clues can nonetheless be made for common solutions.

Assume, Assume & Assume! Some Extra!!

Associated Phrases

First create record of phrases, concepts, ideas that are associated to and have some affiliation with ‘Grass’. Necessary half is to only notice down no matter involves your thoughts.

– Inexperienced, Garden, Backyard, Grassland, Lawnmower, vegetation, Crops, Weeds, Herb, Hay, Sod, Below your toes, Cricket pitch, Hockey synthetic turf, Soccer discipline, lush, Gather dew, Grazing land, Pasture, Herd, Wimbledon, Golf placing, farm, meals chain, chomp, grasshoppers

Reverse Phrases

Additionally create record of phrases, concepts, ideas that are reverse or have reverse correlation with ‘Grass’.

– On the prime, Hungry cattle, muddy soccer in rain, Dirty, In your head

Use Thesaurus & Web Assets

Leverage Web’s huge sources to seize extra info on ‘Grass’. Sorts, related historical past, referenced in films. One very helpful side is to search out idioms associated to ‘Grass’.

– Grass is at all times greener on the opposite aspect, Do not let the grass develop beneath one’s toes, Put out to grass, Snake in the grass, Grass root degree

Put your self in Object’s footwear

Think about you’re the object and describe the world from its viewpoint. What do you see, hear, really feel and odor? What do you want & what you do not.

– Everyone seems to be taller than me, Do not stomp, I want a lot of water, Minimize the shank and I am easy. I make your garden lush inexperienced, My king in Africa is the tallest

Use Determine of Speech

Use determine of speech to write down sentences describing the reply (‘Grass’), utilizing no matter we have give you thus far.

– Psychological Picturization: Collects dew to make your footwear moist

Personalization: I can transfer the ball, simply do not stomp on me, Minimize the shank and I am easy Metaphor: Begin of the meals chain, Wimbledon courtroom

– Substitute Phrase for predominant phrase(s): lush inexperienced

– Sounds related to phrase: chomp, chomp, chomp for grazing

– Simile: So is Grass to garden as hairs to go (You guessed it! I am certainly baldy) or colors to portray

Did all of the laborious work…Now write a draft ‘Hunt Clue’

Each too simple or too laborious clues will make gamers unfastened curiosity in a short time. Categorize all work achieved until now. (1) Reject too straight ahead phrases (2) Select some cryptic phrases (3) Select some solvable a part of the clue.

I just like the concepts associated to ‘slicing the shank’, idiom ‘let the grass develop beneath one’s toes’, ‘ shifting the ball’ and ‘king in Africa is the tallest’ to construct the cryptic elements. Let’s have a look at if we might use ‘Golf placing’, ‘greener on the opposite aspect’ & ‘Hungry cattle’ to information the gamers for really fixing the clue.

Lush inexperienced and something associated to grazing appear a bit apparent. Could also be I will choose these whereas writing clues for youthful children however not right here. Begin of the meals chain might be confused with different vegetation, so ignore it..

– Minimize the shank, I make the ball transfer, putt you consider I am inexperienced different aspect.

In Africa I’ve the tallest king, Lazy you I develop beneath your toes.

Aaah! It appears very disjointed and never spicy in any respect. Let’s give one other try to use some Parallelism and Opposites, Minimize & Develop, Brief & Tall.

– Minimize the shank I transfer the ball, No motion I develop in your toes,

Grasping bully makes me brief, Solely tall is my African king.

Used ‘grasping bully’ for ‘hungry cow’ to make it a bit obscure. I am nonetheless not fairly happy. It would not sound good after I learn it aloud. Let’s give it the of entirety.

Make it Elegant & Poetic

Now we have to use thesaurus a lot. Modify the phrases to have virtually equal variety of characters and end every phrase with rhyming phrases. We might use formal writing technicalities like rhetorical impact, alliteration to boost literary high quality of clues. Visible modifications like punctuation placement, capitalization and bolding to additional emphasise the clues. I used ‘swap’ to symbolize ‘different aspect’.

– No motion I develop in your toes, greener if you’re switching.

Grasping bully makes me brief, largest is one African king.

It appears and sounds higher now. I am positive children are going to have lot of enjoyable taking part in scavenger hunt sport.