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What's more fun than a treasure hunt?! Pair that with learning about God and you get more than earthly treasure...you find Heavenly treasure!
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The Bible talks a lot about "treasure." Just a few Scriptures that mention treasure are as follows:
Matthew 13:44 ""The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field. When a man found it, he hid it again, and then in his joy went and sold all he had and bought that field."
2 Corinthians 4:7 "But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us."
1 Timothy 6:19 "In this way they will lay up treasure for themselves as a firm foundation for the coming age, so that they may take hold of the life that is truly life."
We've used this type of treasure hunt as a family. Instead of taking
our kids "Trick or Treating" on Halloween, we chose to create a fun
treasure hunt for them not only to find candy treats, but also Biblical
treats. But this can be used any time; it can even be a fun way to Bible drill or use for a youth activity. Below is a printable copy of clues with objects that are found in most homes or church buildings.
We gave them one clue to begin. I love rhyming clues, so I made up several; I've also use Scripture clues that are fun. The first clue led to the second, the second to the third, and so on. The final clue led them to "the treasure" - a load of candy along with several "treasure Scriptures."
Our kids loved it and certainly never felt "left out" when it came to having fun and getting treats. We were able to take a day the Lord has made and rejoice in it while also celebrating the light of His life.
Scripture clues can be written out or for a Bible drill activity, just give them the reference and have them look the Bible verses up.
Sample Scripture clues:
* Matthew 16:19: "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 17:19: ""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]
Printable copy of 14 Bible Treasure Hunt clues. These may be used with varying difficulty for different ages. For younger kids you may want to give them the verse printed out and the "clue" word highlighted or underlined. A little more difficulty would be not marking the "clue" word and having them figure it out. But for older children or even using this as a youth activity, you may want to only give them the printed Bible references in order. They can work together as teams looking them up and locating a clue or do it individually. There is also a "hider's key" for you to be able to keep up with each clue's location! :)
Rhyming clues may be a bit harder. I tried to weave in Bible truth with each one too.
* Jesus died for you and me,
For life everlasting, He's the "key." (by car keys, piano keys or computer keyboard)
* A new song to the Lord I will sing,
Find the next clue by something that can "ring." (telephone)
* He'll wash our sins as white as snow,
Look for something that can really grow. (a houseplant)
Okay, I'm not the greatest at poetry; you get the idea though.
The clues for the treasure hunt don't have to be long. I usually just think of a word I want to use for the clue (key, ring, grow) and then go from there building a clue to rhyme with that word. It's really fun once you get started, and the kids love it!
Also, try having students search the Bible using clues to find answers with these Bible Treasure Hunt puzzles.
A Bible scavenger treasure hunt can also be a lot of fun. Participants look up the Bible verse reference and then actively participate!
We've had great fun with photo scavenger hunts with older kids and youth too! For younger kids we put an adult with each group using their own cell phone; youth must choose one phone to use in their group. We gave them a list of "photo ops" they must take. They can be limited to the church grounds if needed. Each photo must include the whole group except for the photographer -
Sometimes we group it with a Bible object lesson on being created in God's image!
Using 15 items that must be found, participants will learn about God's love and also how we should love others using Scriptures and treasure messages.
For a printable Bible book hunt, try using the following:
Can you find the names of 25 books of the Bible in this paragraph? This is a most remarkable puzzle. Someone found it in the seat pocket on a flight from Los Angeles to Honolulu, keeping himself occupied for hours. One man from Illinois worked on this while fishing from his john boat. Roy Clark studied it while playing his banjo. Elaine Victs mentioned it in her column once. One woman judges the job to be so involving, she brews a cup of tea to help calm her nerves. There will be some names that are really easy to spot...that's a fact. Some people will soon find themselves in a jam, especially since the book names are not necessarily capitalized. The truth is, from answers we get, we are forced to admit it usually takes a minister or scholar to see some of them at the worst. Something in our genes is responsible for the difficulty we have. Those able to find all of them will hear great lamentations from those who have to be shown. One revelation may help, books like! Timothy and Samuel may occur without their numbers. And punctuation or spaces in the middle are normal. A chipper attitude will help you compete. Remember, there are 25 books of the Bible lurking somewhere in this paragraph.
With 2020 and limited ways to get Easter Eggs, we created this Easter Scavenger Hunt. It works well for youth and kids who think themselves too "old" for an Easter Egg Hunt, but is just as fun and teaches a lot!
More Books of the Bible puzzles... Or here's a printable scavenger hunt that can be used with children using rhyming clues or use it with Bible verses for older children or a youth group scavenger hunt activity.
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