I didn't really ever "out-grow" scavenger hunts. In fact, I might be just a little obsessed with them. I love hunting for "treasure" just as much now as I did when I was little. But for me now, the "treasure" is finding thoughtful notes and meaningful gestures from loved ones. And even more fun than doing the searching...is planning the hunt!
I first started making what I call "Puzzle Scavenger Hunts" when I was in college. My first one (for a roommate's birthday) was a picture and a quote about friendship glued to a piece of cardboard from a cereal box. I hand drew the puzzle pieces and cut them out with a razor blade (It took forever and was probably not so pretty.). I recruited a bunch of guys from our apartment complex to bring my roommate one piece tied to a rose randomly throughout the day. It was so fun!
So as Father's Day has approached this year I tried to think of a fun "gift" for my husband that our kids could really be involved in. I found a quote about Dad and turned it into a puzzle, but luckily this time I didn't have to spend hours cutting little puzzle pieces out of a cereal box by hand because laser engraving is AWESOME!
My husband will not be home for Father's Day on Sunday, so we planned our surprise for last weekend. I hand-wrote the kids' responses to the question, "What do you love about Dad?" on the backs of the puzzle pieces. Then, my oldest helped me think of places in the house to hide them and we wrote up clues together (the first few anyway...and then he lost patience and went to play). We put each puzzle piece and the next clue in 16 separate (and numbered for my benefit) envelopes.
While Dad was outside for a while, my 5-year-old and 3-year-old hid the envelopes in their spots. They couldn't stop bouncing in excitement while they waited for him to come in. When he did, the kids handed him an envelope with the first clue to start the hunt. The kids couldn't resist giving lots of hints and were so proud of the their hiding skills. They were hilarious! My husband loved it, the kids loved it, and they got so much more out of it than just buying a present at the store.
Feel free to use this scavenger hunt for YOUR Father's Day celebrations this weekend or....make up your own!
And in case you can't decipher the "answers" to my clues...here they are:
#1- The door Dad come through when he comes home.
#2- Inside one of Dad's shoes.
#3- Under the dining table.
#4- In the shower.
#5- Near the computer.
#6- Inside the dishwasher.
#7- Near (or inside, under, etc) the washing machine.
#8- In the car.
#9- In Dad's closet (or in his dresser).
#10- By Dad's razor.
#11- On the front porch (ya know the song, "From My Front Porch Looking In". Caleb had to have help with this one.)
#12- By the DVD's
#13- Under the couch cushion.
#14- In the freezer.
#15- In the bowl cupboard.
#16- Under Dad's pillow.
Also, I numbered my envelopes with the number of the place they were to hidden. So for example, clue #2 was inside envelope #1 which was hidden by the back door and clue #1 was in the envelope marked "Dad". I get easily confused, so this helped me keep them all straight. :)
You can also design your very own personalized puzzle HERE and we'll laser it up for you.
Happy Father's Day!
In case you missed it in my intro post, Caleb and I are expecting our 4th baby in January 2016. When we first found out, I was super excited to tell our kids because I knew they would be super excited too. I love celebrating special occasions and finding ways to make things just a little bit more memorable...so I started googling. And then I tried Pinterest in a search for fun and creative ways to tell the kids. I found nothing that sounded quite right (which is crazy, because Google and Pinterest combined know EVERYTHING and I am an expert internet searcher)...so I was forced to go it alone.
I stopped by the dollar store and picked up a package of balloons, a couple of baby bottle party favors, and a baby shower bingo game. While making dinner, I wrote up a quick little scavenger hunt. While Caleb gave the kids a bath after dinner, I hid the first two clues in the baby bottles, the third with the bingo game, and the fourth inside of a balloon. (I'm not going to lie....my original clues were NOT this pretty.:))
We gave the kids a gift bag with the first clue inside. It led them to the second clue which was in their room on one of their beds. The third was in the cup cupboard. And the fourth and final clue (inside the balloon because the kids like to refer to when they "popped out of my tummy") was in the bathtub.
I took a video of the whole thing, but despite my Google proficiency, I struggle with modern technological devices and apparently had my finger over the microphone for the majority of the video. SO SAD!
They were hilarious though. At one point my oldest was sure that the surprise was a bunny! And then when they figured out that the answer was "baby," it still took a while for them to get exactly WHERE the baby was at. Their reactions were priceless and it was so much fun. Love my kids!
If you too are looking for a fun way to "share the news" with your kids, Feel free to download the clues for the scavenger hunt below!
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