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Some of me and my cousins favorite stories from growing up are the scavenger hunts my grandfather would take us on.  For him, it was all about chasing Big Foot.  Or at least, getting us boys all excited about chasing Big Foot.  Turns out, our Big Foot sightings were him wearing a big fur coat.

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My siblings and I’s favorite Christmas memories are the epic experiences of looking for our Christmas presents.  Thanks to my dad who created clues for each present.  We would start our Christmas morning with a clue we found in our stocking.  Each time we found a gift, it had a clue on it for the next gift.  Of course, we weren’t allowed to open a gift until each of us three siblings found one.  Then, we’d open each of our gifts one at time from youngest to oldest.  Being the oldest, once I opened and celebrated my gift.  The three of us were off to find our next Christmas present and clue.  I can’t wait for my kids to be old enough to do this with them.


Scavenger Hunts are easy, fun, memory makers and can even be educational.


  • Start with the end in mind.  Hide something.  Write a clue to it’s location.  Hide that clue and write a clue to it’s location. Repeat as much as you want.
  • Go high-tech if you want.  Use text messages, Geo-caching, pictures of clues…etc.
  • Make the hunts multiple day by giving only one clue per day.
  • Don’t think just kids.  Do this with your spouse.  Your team at work.
  • Include neighbors and relatives. Give Grandma a clue the kids have to call or Skype with to get.
  • Use the Bible.
  • In the workplace do this with Christmas bonuses, copier paper, new staff shirts, etc.  If someone on your team has a great sense of humor, do this with their coffee mug.  But, put a package of their favorite flavored coffee or creamer with the mug.


  • Think of the next occasion you want to use a scavenger hunt, put in on your calendar.
  • Hide something right now and create a three clue scavenger hunt to see how easy it is.
  • I would be so grateful if you would share this FREE resource with another parent.
  • Download a free Bible Scavenger Hunt For Blog for home.



Questions: What additional ideas for scavenger hunts can you think of?  How about geocaching, is that something you and your family enjoy?

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