I was originally going to have all three of my girls work on the Treasure Hunts and I would be the hunt leader. As soon as my 12 year old found out what was going on she wanted to be the hunt leader. She actually took the first hunt and did it all herself. She placed all the clues where they should be and of course she had to hide the prize too. I'm not sure if she enjoyed these more or my daughter that went on the scavenger hunts. Alaina (age 9) was the one who went on the scavenger hunts, and she was so excited between every clue. I think she was more excited about finding each clue than she was about the prize, because she was disappointed when each one was over.
The treasure hunts are all set up the same way. Each clue contains a question that must be answered correctly to be able to find the next clue. On the bottom of the clue there is a note to the hunt leader that tells them where to hide that clue. Each clue answered correctly leads to the next clue and a prize at the end.
The Thanksgiving Treasure Hunt is recommended for children ages 4 and up and is available for $5.99. There are 12 clues in this treasure hunt. The PDF file is 8 pages long. After printing the clue pages the hunt leader will need to cut each sheet of paper in half to separate the clues and hide them in the appropriate place indicated on the bottom of the clue. Some of the clues use word puzzles, riddles, addition problems, dares, secret code math problems, and more. All of these clues have something to do with Thanksgiving.
The Multiplication Dragons Treasure Hunts (2X-6X Tables) is recommended for children ages 7 and up and is available for $19.99. This treasure hunt is actually 5 treasure hunts in one. There is a treasure hunt for the 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6 multiplication facts. They each contain 12 clues and are set up the same way as the Thanksgiving Treasure Hunt. Some of the clues for these treasure hunts are riddles, message decoding, estimation, drawing, multiplication problems for each number, and more. To receive the prize at the end of these treasure hunts you are suppose to recite the multiplication facts that were used for the hunt.
My girls loved these scavenger hunts and they would be perfect for any kid, no matter if they lead the hunt of go on the hunt. They could be used for some fun school, a play date, a rainy afternoon, or just because. The prizes don't have to be anything big or expensive, Alaina liked the exciment more than the prize. We used some candy, new markers, and a little inexpensive stuffed animal. Some of the clues are really easy and some of the clues are a little harder so they would be perfect for groups of kids that are different ages.
Clued in Kids just started in 2013 and they offer academic treasure and scavenger hunts that teach logic, math, social studies, reading, social skills and teamwork to ages 4 and up. They offer a variety of hunts including holidays, sports, and seasons. Members of the Schoolhouse Review Crew reviewed several different Treasure Hunts and you can read those reviews on the Crew Blog.