At Home Treasure Hunts! Clued-In Kids #Review
Do your kids like treasure hunts and solving puzzles? Have you tried making your own? I did, and I quickly came to the conclusion that it’s difficult and time-consuming to create the level of challenge that my kids enjoy.
However, Clued in Kids has a solution for exactly this issue. They sell a variety of Treasure Hunts, in both physical and downloadable versions, that can be prepared, placed, and ready to use in a matter of minutes. All you need to supply is the house to hide the clues in, and a treasure for the prize at the end… and some paper, for printable versions.
What Is Clued in Kids?
We received two treasure hunts to try out, the Slumber Party Clue Book (a physical book) and the Winter Treasure Hunt, a printable PDF file. The Slumber Party Clue pad is priced at $8.99 and is intended for one-time-use, while the Winter Treasure Hunt, is priced at $5.99, and because it’s a PDF file, is reusable.
What Ages Are Clued In Kids Treasure Hunts For?
Kids of various ages may play together, though it’s recommended that they be 6 and up. To be able to participate in solving puzzles, not just seeking, they’ll need to be able to read and understand the clues. Of course, even non-readers will be able to help search for the next clue, so there’s no reason for anyone to feel left out.
What Do Clued In Kids Treasure Hunts Include?
Each treasure hunt, whether ready-to-use or printable (after printing), consists of a collection of numbered clues. Each clue contains a puzzle, riddle, code, or dare, that, when completed, will lead the seekers to the next clue. Difficulty ranged from simple anagrams to more challenging multiple-step tasks, including math problems. My favorite was a “dare” that instructed them to put socks on their hands, gloved on their feet, a coat on backwards… and go ring the doorbell while doing a little dance! Talk about a photo op, lol.
All treasure hunts are themed in some way, from seasonal like winter and Christmas, to topical, such as dragons or princesses. Most of the major holidays are covered, and the selection of treasure hunts provides enough variety to appeal to almost any family.
What Do The Kids Think About Clued In Kids?
They want MORE. They’d have kept going all night if I’d have let them – and had enough clues to last that long. We were playing primarily with two girls, age 12, plus a 14-year-old boy, and some occasional interference from the 14 and 16-year-old brothers. It worked surprisingly well with this age group, though there were some clues that were on the easy side for our group of kids.
What Do I Think About Clued In Kids?
I was pleasantly surprised at just how fast these treasure hunts were ready to go – these are HUGE time savers when you need a fun activity for a group of kids! Printing time (for the printable version) only added a few minutes, and I was able to hide all the clues in about five minutes. I had the kids all go in one room (where I wouldn’t be hiding any clues) and close the door. This allowed me the freedom to hide clues under, in, and taped to locations and items as indicated on each clue. The very first clue for each hunt I was to hand to them, and the final location held the “treasure” – though in our case, I’d forgotten to buy the candies that I’d intended to have as treasure – and they got a “You Won!” note instead.
I did notice one thing that might be a challenge for some families. While we were aware beforehand that some treasure hunts might include seasonal items such as a Christmas tree that we might not have at the moment, and families were instructed to creatively adapt, it hadn’t occurred to me that similar circumstances might face families that lack, say a clothes washer or drying, or dishwasher. In cases like that, some sort of adaption will be necessary.
Would We Use A Clued In Kids Treasure Hunt Again?
You bet we would! In fact, there’s a free treasure hunt that you, too, can try out, in exchange for signing up for their newletter. I’ve promised the kids that we’ll do another the next time some friends are over, and I hope they get to making more soon… at this rate, their current inventory won’t keep my kids busy!