Spruce up your next scavenger hunt or photo scavenger hunt by adding some of the items in the form of riddles. Riddles may rhyme or simply present a conundrum.
Example Riddles for your Scavenger Hunt
* What runs around a house but doesn’t move? [Fence]
* I grow when I eat, but die when I drink? [Fire]
* Alive without breath, As cold as death; Never thirsty, ever drinking, All in mail, never clinking. — J.R.R. Tolkien [Fish]
* I march before armies, a thousand salute me, My fall can bring victory, but no one would shoot me; The wind is my lover, one-legged am I, Name me and see me, at home in the sky. [Flag]
* The more of them you take, the more you leave behind [Footprints]
* When I am filled, I can point the way; When I am empty, Nothing moves me. I have two skins, One without and one within. [Glove]
* Strum me, I’m lovely, I have lots of strings, steel, nylon or catgut, with me you can sing! [Guitar]
* The more you take away, the larger it becomes. [Hole]
* Stiff and stout / I swivel about, hold some in and others out [Key]
* I have keys that open no locks, I have space, but you cannot fill it, You can enter, but you cannot leave. [keyboard]
* A strange attraction compels me to hold your things most dear, yet I know it not, and feel no warmth in my holding. My brothers and I stick close together until one faces me, and then is pushed away. [Magnet]
* I have streets but no pavement, cities but no buildings, forests yet no trees, rivers yet no water. [Map]
* Tear one off and scratch my head, What once was red is black instead. [Match]
* What turns everything around, but does not move? [Mirror]
* The point has been made. You say I have a big head, What I need most, Is someone to drive me home. [Nail]
* Take off my skin and I won’t cry, but you will, what am I? [Onion]
* What kind of coat can be put on only when wet? [Paint]
* Taken from a mine, Shut up in a wooden case, from which I am never released, and yet I am used by almost everybody. [Pencil Lead]
* I am a box that holds keys without locks, yet they can unlock your soul. [Piano]
* A skin have I, more eyes than one. I can be very nice when I am done. [Potato]]
* Has to be broken before it can be used [Egg]
Create your own
Create riddles for specific locations and items specific to you church, town, or area. For example, use the riddle for a river, but then add a couple lines to indicate a specific river near your location for participants to take a photo of.
See Conducting Scavenger Hunts for help, Hints, Safety Considerations, Rules, and other useful information to make your scavenger hunt a wild success!
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