The kids were wondering when the treasure hunt would start. They knew it would begin around 1:30, but they had seen very little preparation on my part. The first set of puzzles were hidden in the Monopoly box. To kick things off I found one of the least flattering photos I could, and Photoshopped the Top Hat on my head, saving it online.
The kids were scattered around the house when they all received a text message with the URL. It was fun to watch them emerge, talk with each other, and realize “The Game is On”.
Each of my four children have very different interests. In an effort to foster a spirit of collaboration for the entire treasure hunt I designed the clues for the word search where only one would know the answer to each clue. One daughter is getting ready to attend college in Chicago, one knew the new characters of Star Wars, one is an avid Ultimate Frisbee player and one is a very good Magic player. Numbers 16-18 are the names of our dogs. Why is number 2 Michigan and not Illinois? I don’t know, I messed up.
I leveraged Discovery Education’s online puzzle maker to create the word search.
The clue for finding the next installment of the treasure puzzle was a short video I created. Each year we do a formal family portrait. Ten years ago we took a family trip to Hong Kong and the kids were never fond of the matching shirts we purchased. Especially when we wore them for that year’s family photo. The video prompted them to find a packet of puzzles behind the photo.
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