Brainstorm where you’ll place the clues
Choose spots your kids will be familiar with that are safe from curious pets or wandering toddlers. Some ideas: snack pantry, a bathroom mirror, their pillow, the flatware drawer or a potted plant.
Start at the end and work your way forward
When writing and placing the clues, you’ll need to start with the final clue and work your way forward. Place your destination prize. Then write a clue that will lead to that location. Place that clue, and then write a clue leading to it to place in the next location. So on and so on. The ages of the kids (and their attention spans) should be your guide for how many clues to place. A good starting guideline is to give them no more than their age number in clues, so six clues max for a 6-year-old.
Get creative when writing your clues
Be as creative as you want! This is the second most fun part. (The first is watching the kids enjoy the hunt.) You can choose a theme and tie all of the clues in to it, or make each clue rhyme, or really challenge with brainteaser-style clues that have to be solved before moving to the next one.
Gather the kids to begin the hunt
For older tweens and teens: Rather than writing out rhyming clues, give them a list of interesting objects or situations and send them out into the neighborhood or around the mall to take pictures of what they find. This is also great fun as a competition between two teams — whoever makes it back to the meeting spot with pictures of all the clues gets first choice on the food.