Kids love searching and exploring, so building a party around a scavenger hunt for kids is always a fun idea.
Of course, hunt clues will differ based on age groups, but the premise of the adventure is the same.
First decide on a theme or an item you want the kids to look for. For instance, I have done hunts where we searched for Polly's missing pocket, or a pirate's hidden treasure, or a dog's missing bone.
For the purposes of this party let's go with a unisex theme and plan a western mystery scavenger hunt.
Now we need to search for something. How about the sheriff?
Okay, that's it...
We'll call this party ... "The Case of the Missing Sheriff"
Receiving an exciting invitation is always a hit with kids. After all, the anticipation of the upcoming event is half the fun.
You could do that with a paper invitation or even by dressing up in cowboy gear and making the invitation a video you can load on youtube and then send the link to guests.
NOTE: I wouldn't put personal info on the video such as address, etc. Make the video generic and put the personal info in the email when you send the link to the invitation.
Yer invited to to saddle up in yer cowboy gear
And head on over to Chris' house on June 22nd
for a 10th birthday scavenger hunt mystery party
The Sheriff of Longhorn Ranch is missing and
we need brave deputies to help us track him down
Are ya up the challenge?
If so, RSVP by June 10th
When the kids arrive you could first start with a ceremony to install them as deputies and pin them all with a deputy badge.
Then, bring out a Sheriff's badge and say something like...
Okay deputies, we have an important assignment for you.
The Sheriff is missing and we need you to find him.
Can you do it? (get a response)
Alright, then here is your first clue...
For whatever location you want to hide your 2nd clue create a western themed puzzle where kids have to fill in letters to find the next clue location. For this example we will be leading kids to a sandbox, so the clue will spell out SANDBOX.
The clue reads...
Fill in the answers to the following clues. The yellow boxes will spell the location of hidden horseshoes. One of them will have instructions for a challenge you need to complete to get your next clue.
Clues and Answers
1. Where a cowboy carries his gun (holster)
2. Rope that cowboys catch cattle with (lasso)
3. A stringed instrument cowboys play (banjo)
4. Leather seat cowboys put on their horses (saddle)
5. What a cowboy wears around his neck (bandana)
6. Cowboy transportation (horse)
7. Lone Star State (Texas)
The next clue location is found reading down the yellow squares on the completed puzzle.
Bury 3-6 horseshoes in a sandbox. Attach a clue to one of the horseshoes. Place that clue inside a Ziploc bag and attached it to the horseshoe with tape or elastics or wire. Be sure it is secure. Alternatively you could write the clue on one of the horseshoes with a permanent Sharpie marker.
You'll need the kind of horseshoes you use to play the game of horseshoes for this challenge. The challenge will require the guests to take turns tossing horseshoes at the pole and each time they get one on they get a puzzle piece that will lead to the next clue once complete. (Depending on the size of your party you could also do this as a team challenge with each team trying to collect their puzzle pieces the fastest so they can solve it and move on).
The clue taped to the buried horseshoe would read something like...
More clues to be added soon... In the meantime, inspiration for creating your own scavenger hunt for kids clues can be found HERE!