How to write your own treasure hunt or scavenger hunt riddles:

You can create some good clue based poetry as treasure hunt riddles with some simple rules.

Treasure Hunt Clue Ideas:

Click here for Some Clue Ideas or see if you can Solve These Puzzles.

This is how we come up with treasure hunt rhymes, how to fit them around clues, and some examples:

Direction Riddle:

What is the answer you are looking for, or what do you want the players to do – go to a location or find an object?

If we wanted our adventurers to go to the STAIRS then this is an easy word to rhyme with. Think of another word that rhymes with stairs. We’ll use CHAIRS. We can mould that into a question.

The key is the rhythm of the phrases and a missing word that clearly rhymes with the second line.

Go through the place,
That hosts the chairs.
The prize is hidden,
On the…?????

Difficulty Rhyming:

If you have a word that is impossible to rhyme with, place it in the middle of the sentence. Say there is something below an ORANGE:

The goody is hidden,
When found you will sing,
In a bowl on a table,
Beneath orange thing!

The key is to come up with the two linking rhyming words first, like SING and THING and then work back from there. Keep saying the rhyme back to yourself as you write it to make sure it scans nicely.

Hinting Riddles:

You can suggest what the hunters may be searching for by outlining what they are seeking. In this case, if we wanted to get people looking for a MIRROR we could make a treasure hunt riddle along these lines:

All shining and silver,
With a beautiful face,
You look into me,
And find this place.

Or if you wanted a treasure hunt clue for a TREE you could say:

With clothes of green,
And bark of a dog,
Search me for the goods,
I sleep like a log.

Take into account the abilities of the people attempting to solve your riddle. When you know the answer, it may seem a lot simpler to you than it is – try to make it a touch easier and if possible, test them out on an independent victim.

Alternatively, you may be looking for other clue ideas

Treasure Hunt Riddle Examples:

The more effort that is put into the way the clues are written, the more participants will enjoy the experience.


  1. Caymann Velingkar
    April 8, 2013

    I wanted some rhyming riddle for treasure hunt in my school on summer camp so can u give me more riddles that can be played in school

  2. TreasureHuntMan
    April 8, 2013

    Here are some clues you could use around a SCHOOL.

  3. Aneika Turnbull
    April 10, 2013

    I am planning a treasure hunt for the youth of my church. I need the clues to be fun but challenging so the teams will be competitive.Can u give me some more riddles please?

  4. TreasureHuntMan
    April 15, 2013

    Here is a treasure hunt clue for a STAINED GLASS WINDOW.
    Here is a treasure hunt clue for a PEW.

  5. ruturaj
    April 19, 2013

    i am planning for a treasure hunt competition for the kids ( age group 10-16) in my society . since they have started with summer vacation , i need your help can you give few ideas for a society with ( cars , bungalows , trees , benches , electric poles , etc.. )

  6. TreasureHuntMan
    April 19, 2013

    If you have a long trail of clue locations and not much time, you can use anagrams.
    1. The next clue can be found on one of the Arcs (CARS)
    2. The next clue can be found around the back of the nearest A BLOW GUN (BUNGALOW)
    3. The next clue can be found on the Steers (TREES)
    And so on.
    Tell people taking part, if any clues go missing – you’ll know who it was as they will be the only ones to finish!

  7. Attaulah khan
    April 21, 2013

    I need atleast 30 clues for I am conducting treasure hunt event in my college.These clues will be hidding within the campus.

  8. Nino
    April 21, 2013

    I am planning a treasure hunt for a friend. Need ideas for clues on:
    School canteen
    Ice cream parlour
    Clothing store
    a friend’s house

  9. TreasureHuntMan
    May 20, 2013

    Take a look at these Treasure Hunt Clue Ideas and make a couple in each of those styles.

  10. Heidi
    May 21, 2013

    You are good! I am so excited to throw my sons party!! Thank you for all your treasure hunting clues! Much appreciated!

  11. Somnath
    May 28, 2013

    The goody is hidden,
    When found you will sing,
    In a bowl on a table,
    Beneath orange thing!

    what is the answer to this?

  12. TreasureHuntMan
    May 28, 2013

    If you have a word that is impossible to rhyme with, place it in the middle of the sentence. Say there is something below an ORANGE…

  13. Cinda
    July 29, 2013

    My daughter is throwing a small end of the summer party with her friends and she wants to do a small scavenger hunt around the house and in the yard can you give my some ideas for rhyming riddles?

  14. TreasureHuntMan
    July 29, 2013

    This is a border, marking the edge
    At the back of the house forming a ledge
    Look underneath and I promise and pledge
    A clue is hidden under the…

    The answer to this is HEDGE

    For clues in the house, take a look at our e-book: How To Make A Simple Treasure Hunt

  15. jim
    September 23, 2013

    I’m organizing a treasure hunt competition for the juniors in our college aged 18-19 yrs…..please help me out with some ideas for the riddles.

  16. TreasureHuntMan
    September 23, 2013

    To engage a clever bunch of young adults use the technology they have in their pockets – their phones… i.e. 5427279 would spell out LIBRARY or if they have QWERTY based smart phones use letters to the left of the real letter i.e. KUVELET is LIBRARY.

  17. jim
    September 23, 2013

    that was a great idea…..thanx :)

  18. Ksg1982
    September 25, 2013

    Hi! Can you help me with a clue for email?

  19. TreasureHuntMan
    September 25, 2013

    Not amail, bmail, cmail, dmail or fmail. Do not think out-box. When a ‘virtual’ man is a post but the other way around.

  20. Ksg1982
    September 25, 2013

    That’s perfect! Thank you!:-)

  21. Ayanna
    November 18, 2013

    I need a riddle or rhyme to invite my coworkers to play a “Baby Photo Guessing Game” and “Family feud” style game at our annual holiday party. pease help!!

  22. TreasureHuntMan
    November 18, 2013

    This is an invite to the place
    Where you must guess the baby face
    And if you insist on being rude
    Then we must have a Family Feud!

  23. Bella and Bryce
    November 30, 2013

    We need a riddle for a science lab and an office. Please help us and reply soon

  24. TreasureHuntMan
    December 3, 2013

    Here is a treasure hunt clue for a SCIENCE LAB.
    Here is a treasure hunt clue for an OFFICE.

  25. Vickie
    December 17, 2013

    I need a riddle that is somewhat difficult for my 32 year old son. The answer to the riddle should be a Nook HD. This is his Christmas present and he always guesses what he has before he opens the gift. So, I would like to put the riddles in a box and have him solve them to get the gift. In fact, I would like a couple of riddles leading up to the final riddle in which the answer would be the Nook HD.

  26. TreasureHuntMan
    December 17, 2013

    Get two small boxes smaller than the final thing and tell him it is an anagram. In the first, put the letters, from a game like Scrabble, for HOOK and the second ND. That should slow him down for a while!

  27. Suzan
    December 18, 2013

    Hi… I’m hosting a winter party for 5th graders in their classroom. I need two sets of 10 rhyming riddles that they must follow around the classroom to the final destination of a candy cane box. Objects around classroom are: teacher’s desk, sink, white board, book shelves, student desks & chairs, computer, ipad charging station. Please help!
    Thanks a bunch!

  28. TreasureHuntMan
    December 18, 2013

    Get them to solve simple anagrams by placing some tubs visibly around the room, containing loose letters (i.e. F H L S E for shelf). Tell them to shake the tub when they’ve worked it out to muddle up the letters again.

  29. matt
    December 19, 2013

    Im trying to find riddle for the show Priscilla Queen of the Desert and also little clues I would place in the house to find the tickets in the christmas tree. Please are you able to help me?

  30. TreasureHuntMan
    December 19, 2013

    The word PRISCILLA will give it away, so split it up into 3.
    My first is from primrose without any morse
    My middle is a scat who isn’t where it’s at
    My end is Godzilla in a faithless world

    Then here is a clue for a Christmas tree:
    He was born this day
    Much it does weigh
    Your wood will be pined
    For present to find

  31. Gabby
    December 21, 2013

    I need a riddle that mean look under your pillow for my moms Christmas Day scavenger hunt!

  32. TreasureHuntMan
    December 21, 2013

    Of all the moms, you are the best,
    Go to the place where you like to rest,
    In the wind the sheets will billow,
    You will find what you seek under your…

  33. Deepa
    December 23, 2013

    Hi i want riddles. I want to give treasure hunt to my fiancé and i want him to reach on terrace at 12 for jis surprize. I want to bdat he solves the clues. Bt i want some mind clues dat makes difficult for him to reach destination… First clue i want to give to a little boy so dat he can reach to kitchen… Den to his bedroom den to hi grandmother den to hi front door den terrace

  34. TreasureHuntMan
    December 23, 2013

    Here is a book on how to make your own simple treasure hunt!

  35. Kristen
    December 24, 2013

    Hi I need clues for my mother’s Christmas present we got her Billy Joel concert tickets I’m thinking me and one should be something along the lines Billy Joel is the ***** man sending her to the piano… other than that I really have no idea I’m thinking and does not need to be Billy Joel nor music related as I don’t want to give it away

  36. TreasureHuntMan
    December 24, 2013

    Here is a treasure hunt clue for a PIANO.

  37. Taufiq
    January 19, 2014

    I need atleast 30 clues for I am conducting treasure hunt event in my college.These clues will be hidding within the campus.I need clues for Civil Lab,Parking,Canteen,Library etc.

  38. TreasureHuntMan
    January 19, 2014

    Have a look at our ideas for treasure hunt clues for a school.

  39. Diksha Chaudhry
    January 21, 2014

    Hey can you plz give me a riddle for treasure hunt last clue in physics lab

  40. TreasureHuntMan
    January 21, 2014

    Here is a treasure hunt clue for a SCIENCE LAB.

  41. Jagravi
    March 27, 2014

    I want some rhyming riddles as i am going to organize treasure hunt in college.The location which i want to include in treasure hunt are
    1)a reading room
    2)notice board
    3)Internet lab
    4)Parking area
    5)Reception area
    I want the riddles for the the same.

  42. arpita mhatre
    April 2, 2014

    want to plan a birthday surprise for my sister with treasure hunt so need clues for the the same

  43. TreasureHuntMan
    April 2, 2014

    Here is a book on how to make your own simple treasure hunt!

  44. KV
    April 2, 2014

    Hi there… I would love some help creating riddles/rhymes for Park, my Bus Terminal, our local newspaper “The Royal Gazette”, a Birdcage and a 24/7 Gas Station. Thanks!

  45. TreasureHuntMan
    April 2, 2014

    This is a clue for a PARK.
    This is a clue for a BUS TERMINAL.
    The is a clue for The Royal Gazette.
    This is a clue for a BIRDCAGE.
    This is a clue for a GAS STATION.
    If you found this useful – please chuck a coin in the pot..

  46. Flamingo
    July 5, 2015

    I’m making a ‘Who Stole the Tarts?’ Treasure Hunt for an Alice in Wonderland themed 18th birthday garden tea party, struggling to come up with themed clues linking to things in a garden, any help much appreciated!

  47. Treasure Hunt
    July 6, 2015

    Cut out 12 parts of the Cheshire cat – eyes/smiles/ears, and just using the Hearts, stick a playing card to each bit and the game is to try to work out which one is missing.

    The first person to get the answer right gets a pack of cards.
    The remaining card is in the pack with the instructions written on of where the treasure is hidden.

  48. Holly
    July 6, 2015

    Hi, for my husbands 30th im surprising him with a trip to New York (a month after his bday) wanting to buys 29 other silly gifts with riddles in between but want a good one for the new York? Any ideas?

  49. Treasure Hunt
    July 7, 2015

    A clue for NEW YORK:
    This is an apple that’s big
    With bagels that are even bigger
    The jungle where dreams are made of
    It’s somewhere you’re going to love

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