This is one of many favorite games I enjoy! The joy comes from creating the game but also watching the children devour the Word and have fun with it!!
This is a great game to play instead of taking the kids trick-or-treating. Play treasure hunt with them! Lay out various clues. The first clue will led to the second clue that will led to the third clue, and so on until the final clue will lead the children to the treasure box – candy treats and Biblical treats.
What are Biblical treats?
These treats can be Bible Verses written on a card and put into the treasure box to teach the lesson, through Scripture. For example, there are many Scriptures that talk about "treasure" in the Bible. Just a few include: Matthew 6:21; Matthew 13:44; 2 Corinthians 4:7; and 1 Timothy 6:19.
Now lets more on to the fun stuff!
Scripture clues can be written out or just the reference given and have them look up the verses as a Bible drill activity.
Create your own clues by thinking of other words around your house and looking them up in a concordance. Click here for a good online concordance is the Keyword Search at BibleGateway.com.
Sample Scripture clues:
Matthew 6:19: "I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven."
["Keys" – leave next clue either where you keep your car keys or on the piano keys if you have one.]
Matthew 7:8 "For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened."
["Door" – leave the next clue on the front door.]
Psalm 69:2: "I sink in the miry depths, where there is no foothold. I have come into the deep waters; the floods engulf me."
["Sink" – leave the next clue in the kitchen sink]
1 Kings 17:9: ""Give me your son," Elijah replied. He took him from her arms, carried him to the upper room where he was staying, and laid him on his bed."
["Bed" – leave the next clue under a bed]
Other ideas may include: bath, book, screen (for computer screen), pillow, sheets, cup, dish, etc. The possibilities are endless.
Rhyming clues may be a bit more challenging, but it is perfect for the older kids! Sometimes it is more challenging for me to find the Scripture to rhyme, but instead I use a Bible truth to get the clue across.
Jesus dies for you and me,
For eternal life, He’s the "key".
["Key" – leave the next clue by car keys, piano keys, computer keyboard, etc…]
A new song in my heat I will sing,
Find the next clue by something that will "ring."
["Ring" – leave the next clue by the telephone.]
The clues don’t have to be long. As you can tell, you don’t have to be the greatest poet in town! I just think of a word that represents the place where I want to hide the clue [ring, grow, key] and then begin building a clue that rhymes with that word.
For Toddlers: Draw a treasure map where the map marks "X" of where the next clue is. Since toddlers can not read, they can match pictures.