Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Clued in Kids Treasure Hunts (Schoolhouse Review Crew review)

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Product Links: Pirate Clue Book and Soccer Treasure Hunt

Vendor Information Link: Clued in Kids

Age Appeal: 4 and up

Format: Pirate Clue Book is a physical copy and the Soccer Treasure Hunt is a downloadable PDF

Price: $8.99 for Pirate Clue Book and $5.99 for Soccer Treasure Hunt


Are you looking for something fun to do with your children when they have friends over or for a party?  Clued In Kids Treasure Hunts are fun for children young and old.  This makes them perfect for birthday parties and other social functions.

The Pirate Treasure Hunt has clues related to pirates.  The Soccer Treasure Hunt has clues related to soccer.  It will takes the children around an hour to complete each hunt.  Each of these treasure hunts will work for 1-10 children.

Our Experience: 

The children and I were excited when we learned about Clued in Kids.  B and C enjoy playing games.  They like pirates, soccer and treasure hunts, so I thought it would all be the perfect combination.

We decided that we would pick a time when Dad was free, so he could join in the fun.  I had the children stay in the schoolroom with the door shut while I set the hunt up.  I had fun setting it up.  At the bottom of the page it listed where I was supposed to hide the clues, so I was done setting it up in the 8-10 minutes that the directions said it would take.

The first hunt I set up was the pirate treasure hunt.  After I set it up I got the children and Dad and I handed B and C the first clue.  They started the hunt out working together, but part of the way through it was not working, so they took turns answering the clues.  It worked much better when they took turns.  That is also the way we did the soccer treasure hunt. 

I decided to put an IOU at the end of each treasure hunt.  I did that, because I wanted each child to be able to pick exactly what they wanted.  C still needs to pick out her treasures.  B decided he would like to have row counter for his knitting, so we have gotten that for him.

These treasure hunts were so fun, that we will be trying some of the other treasure hunts that are available at the Clued in Kids website.  

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Mama’s Thoughts:

  • I thought these two treasure hunts were well done.  The graphics on each clue were colorful and child friendly. 
  • It was really neat how these hunts could be used with one child or up to ten children.  I know it could be a lot of fun for a group of fun for a large group of children, perfect for birthday parties.  These treasure hunts would also be perfect for rainy days or when the children need a fun activity.
  • I had really hoped that this would be a good teamwork activity for B and C, but it turned out that it worked best to have them work on the clues individually.  They had a lot more fun when they were solving the clues themselves.  After they solved the clue I would have that person go get the next clue and pass it on to the other person.  I was glad that it worked out well.  This idea was also included in the instructions.
  • The instructions were very clear.  Since they were so clear, B and C could have set up the treasure hunt for the other one.

B’s Thoughts (boy, age 10, officially in fifth grade):   

I really liked Clued in Kids.  I thought it was very creative.  I liked how they sometimes hid the object in the picture in the clue and you had to figure out where the next clue was.  I loved how there were codes to figure out.  I liked how the soccer treasure hunt could be printed out however many times you want, because it came in an e-mail.  In the soccer game it was neat how you got to do math too, only a little bit though.  One of my favorite parts about the hunt was that in one of the clues you had to tell the time to figure out a code.

Overall I really liked Clued in Kids.  I think it would be good for people ages 8 and up.  I even think this product would be good for grownups.

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C’s Thoughts (girl, age 8, officially in third grade):

I really, really liked Clued in Kids.  It was really fun.  It is really good for people of all ages.  I liked finding the clues.  Some of the clues were easy and some clues were hard.  I liked the pirate one better.

Dad’s Thoughts:

The Clued in Kids Treasure Hunt products are a unique way of learning and having fun at the same time.  The kids are given hints as to the whereabouts of their first clue. Then once they find it they have to complete the task on the card to reveal the clue for the next card.  The tasks can be solving a simple riddle, doing an exercise like hopping on one foot, repeating a phrase (What does a pirate say?  Arrrrr), code deciphering (with the keys on the card), or even figuring out the picture within the picture. They say that the treasure hunt could take up to an hour but my 10 & 8 year old kids had it done in less than 15 minutes.  You get to decide what the treasure will be. Maybe a special outing or activity, favorite treat, or exemption from a certain chore.  The opportunities are endless.

Clued in Kids would be great on bad weather days to get the kids up and moving about or just to break up the routine for a little bit and put a smile on everyone's face.  It's a nifty idea to for any family.

Mama highly recommends!

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