Here’s the perfect way to get out the wiggles on Christmas Eve. Send your children on a treasure hunt. We use the hunt each year to find our Christmas pajamas, but any fun treasure would work. The hunt is versatile. It has clues that make the kids search. For example:
No creatures are stirring in this house
Go look under the rugs like you’re a mouse
How many rugs are in your house? Most of the clues can be found in multiple places. My kids split up and go different directions. They holler when the clue is found. The rule is they must all be back together before the next clue can be read.
Have a great time. I hope our holiday tradition adds to your Christmas fun.
Here is an easy printable copy of the clues —
Now here is a copy to look over:
Cut out each clue and hide them one by one. If a clue doesn’t work for your home, just throw it out. Hand a child the first clue and let the fun begin! (Source credit: Parts of the clues are direct quotes from Clement Clarke Moore’s “T’was the Night Before Christmas”)
#1 The stockings were hung with special care, In hopes that you’ll find the note hidden there
#2 I in my nightgown and pa in his cap, Had just settled in for a long winter’s nap
(hint: look for a clue near Dad and Mom’s bed)
#3 A manger is the Christ Child’s bed, The clue is found beneath His head
#4 Evergreen needles are on the bow, Go to the tree to find a clue now
#5 These are made with lots of snowflakes, Look around one, even though it is fake
(hint: go to the snowmen decorations)
#6 Away to the window I flew like a flash, Tore open the shutters and threw up the sash.
(hint: go look around the windows)
#7 Eggnog, fudge, cream mints, and a clue, All can be found inside, so off with you!
(hint: look in the fridge)
#8 Out on the step you can see the star, So, as you guessed, the clue won’t be far
#9 No creatures are stirring in this house, Go look under the rugs like you’re a mouse
#10 Christmas Eve dinner is always a treat, Go look around the place we eat
#11 Lullaby and to rock we go, Hurry to a chair that makes it so
#12 Christmas cards are sure to please, Find the stack and look through these
(hint: a clue is found in the stack of cards)
#13 What to my wondering eyes should appear? But a Christmas movie with the clue in here
(hint: look in a DVD case to find the clue)
Now write your own clue to your “treasure.” We always use the treasure hunt to find our Christmas pajamas so our final clue has said, “The children are nestled all snug in their beds, But first must find PJs beneath their heads.” We change the last clue each year.
(Source: A few of the lines are direct quotes from Clement Clarke Moore’s “T’was the Night Before Christmas”)