During the game preparation phase, plan a hiding place for each clue. Make a note of the hiding places on the planning sheet then choose how to announce them to the children, using a variety of these options :
- Use a simple phrase like “your next clue is waiting for you near the swing" (perfect for younger children).
- Pick from among our ready-made riddles further down the article (for children aged 7 years and above).
- Take a photo of the place where the clue is hidden. You can then show the photo to the children on a tablet, computer, TV, smartphone or paper printout.
- You can choose to send the children off to look for clues in small groups (1, 2 or 3). This allows all the children to take part and stops the same ones always finding the clues.
Hosepipe : I can slither like a snake and spit out water
Cushion : Soft accessory used as a weapon in fights
Letterbox : The post passes through my belly
Drawer : Sliding storage
Slide : Did you know that I’m also called a chute?
Coat rack : I can be free-standing or wall-mounted, and things hang on me
Tree : My many arms hold birds and squirrels
Chair : My four feet help you rest
Swing : On me, children try to reach the clouds
Table : I have four feet, but I am not an animal
Parasol : The sun burns less strongly under my protection
Under the rug : You walk on it, but look underneath instead
Flowerpot : I come in all shapes and sizes and hold plants and flowers
Aquarium : My inhabitants speak the language of bubbles
Under a stone : Lift this stone to find me
Under a bed : Well hidden, I listen to snoring
Hole in the wall : This little hole in the wall is my hiding place
Book : My leaves never change colour
Window : Allows light to enter the house
Broom : I am bristly and some fly on me in the sky
Gate : Open, closed, I let people through
Piano : Black and white, to hammer a melody
Door : Silently I open and close like a mouth
Bath : In the bathroom, my name contains a flying animal
Wheelbarrow : Tool for a handyman or gardener with one wheel
Fridge : It is a bit less cold here than at my big cousin’s
Tap : If you do not switch me off, I will flood the whole world
Doormat : Shoes trample on me!
Vegetable plot : Things grow here, before being picked and eaten
Radiator : Cold when it is hot, but hot when it is cold
Car wheel : Save me before I get run over
Television : Colour was one of my biggest innovations
Shed : A house for people with green fingers
Shoe : They always walk in twos
Hedge/Fence : I can separate you from your neighbour or the road
Telephone : At the end of the line
Buried box : I have been buried! Dig to find me
Under the keyboard : Modern object with keys
Hanging from... : Look up to find me
Hidden under... : Find me, I’m under cover
Entrust the clue to an adult present. Explain to the children that a person present will hand over the clue in exchange for a password invented by you.
Hide the clue in a balloon, blow it up, and then hide it among other balloons, which the children have to burst to find the clue.