We’ve got a lot of ideas to host treasure hunt parties and games to hunt for treasure as a way to break up the ice for gatherings of friends and families not only during Christmas but throughout the year. We’ve also got an tried and tested method to ensure that opening presents during Christmas Day is slow burning entertaining instead of a paper tearing panic.
There’s nothing better than having party-themed treasure hunts and hunt games to be an opportunity to break the ice of friends and families. The best part is that everyone can participate.
It is possible to bring together adults and children in groups or pairs to hunt together, and when they’ve finished the hunt, they’ll be friends from the past.
One unique twist to add in our treasure hunt is to add an anagram of the place where the treasure can be found.
For instance, you might like to put the presents beneath the tree, or in a box or bag. Any kind of hiding spot can be used, but you have to write it with the same letters, as long as you have clues. If eleven clues are available you can decorate the cardboard box with a message on it Christmas boxes or a huge bag and then write Christmas on it. If you have 12 clues, you could decorate a Christmas tree and more.
You’ll need to attach a letter to every object along the trail of treasure. It is a good idea to arrange the letters to ensure you can ensure that the place where treasure is hidden cannot be identified until the clues are found!
It is up to you to choose what you want to spend your money on A prize that is exclusive to the team that wins or something for everyone, with the top two teams getting the first choice, a small wrapped gift for each participant with their name written on the package, or something for everyone to take in a fair way (such as a large box of sweets.) It’s your choice.
For Christmas Day, a really effective way to stay clear of the stress of wrapping presents is to place the gifts in the form of a treasure hunt. The first step is to get an email by Father Christmas (FC) saying that he’s feeling silly this year (our children sing: “AGAIN!”) and has put their presents in a cupboard. To find them , they’ll have to figure out the clues hidden in the envelope he left. (When our kids were younger, we would lay tracks of foil stars around the gifts, rather than using clues.)
We usually let children solve three clues, then open these presents and have fun before moving on to the next set. In the beginning, we place the present of each adult to find along with the cache to be found by the children to solve an answer. As they get older (15 12 and 10 years old) as well as 6) the three oldest write clues for us during the days before Christmas. However, the youngest believes that it’s entirely the job of FC. We usually have about half a dozen clues by lunchtime.
If it’s just the entire family or a larger number of kids, family and acquaintances, one thing that is worthwhile doing is making the rules of treasure hunting prior to the hunt starts. What better way to set the rules than to crib those we have in our homes!
Please only hunt within zones that you’ve been informed are areas for treasure hunting. Everything else is prohibited.
* You could try to fool teams or other players by playing bluff or double back at times. These clever moves can make the game more enjoyable!
Be sure to keep your answers private so that you don’t provide the other assistance through shouting.
After you’ve completed all the 12 questions and have filled in the 12 letters that you’ve discovered, bring your hunt sheet to me, and I’ll examine it.
Rearrange the letters you’ve discovered to reveal what treasure may be hiding.
Treasure hunts are an all-year hit for get-togethers and parties regardless of the event. You can also customize them to match themed birthday celebrations like football, pirates, princesses golf, or whatever else you like. All you have to do is create riddles and look for things that are connected to the theme you choose. Naturally, the easiest solution is to find another person to take on the work, and that is the point at which Blackbird Games come in!
Have a fun treasure hunt event!
Blackbird Games specialises in kids and all ages games for parties as well as treasure hunts. If you’re not able to find one that is suitable for your party we’ll be happy to design one to suit your needs around an event or theme.
Great ideal for Xmas games, birthday celebrations, or family gatherings, Krysia and Terry the directors from Blackbird Games know they have some of the top games ever created because they’ve made and played these games with family and friends over many years. They always have kids and adults laughing out loud.