We were blessed to share the afternoon and evening with our friends who started RVing across the country earlier this year. They are in the area for a few months while they prepare for their trip South back to the Nashville area. When we get together it is never a dull moment; they have 6 kids, ages ranging from 2 to 13.
Earlier in the afternoon we took a walk around our neighborhood. Unbeknownst to the moms, dad had a surprise brewing — A Bible-Based Treasure Hunt!
NOTE: The above reference Hebrews 18 in the above picture is incorrect. It should be Hebrews 12
While the moms headed off to the store for dinner, the dads placed the clues around the house. The kids knew something was up. They were quickly anxious for dinner to end so the hunt could begin.
And that is when we brought out the first scripture for them…
Galatians 5:22-23 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.
Unfortunately for the kids, the parents landed on an amazing discussion about the garden, sons of God and the beasts of the field. After much murmuring and complaining we decided to stop before the natives became restless.
We gathered the children together in the classroom and explained the rules. Then we handed them the first scripture to read out loud. This was to determine the location of clue #1.
Hebrews 9:2 – For there was a tabernacle made; the first, wherein was the candlestick, and the table, and the shewbread; which is called the sanctuary.
This was easy…at first. They determined the keyword was table. Off to the dining room they went.
Although they kept messing with the 2 candlestick holders on my dining room table we finally had to instruct them to look UNDER them. This is when they found the slip and the next scripture clue.
Psalms 91:4 – He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler.
Want to guess where 8 children headed? Straight to the chicken coop! It was then that we explained the clues would be INSIDE on the MAIN FLOOR excluding dad’s office. Then the light bulb went on for Bella. HE. Rooster. Momma loves roosters. Her favorite sits in the kitchen window…
As the kids read each scripture out loud the competition became quite fierce. At one point we had to intervene to keep one from getting feelings hurt and the other to calm down.
Even the younger ones were able to find a clue. And she found the toughest one!
There is nothing more joyful to a momma’s heart than to see children working together to find the bible verse. Momma J and I were giggling our hearts out! We just wish we could get them to be THIS excited about the Bible at 9am!
Finally it was time for the last clue. Where would it be?
And the Philistine said unto David, Am I a dog, that thou comest to me with staves?
Tippi held the last clue on her collar!
I didn’t get a picture of her as she was outside in the dark! I am surprised the kids didn’t find it earlier. They were instructed to read Proverbs 31:10.
10Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies.
What ensued was a minute of trying to figure out just where on Momma was the hidden clue!
Finally we explained that the clue WAS Momma J! The reward may have not been gold nuggets, but chocolate was just as acceptable!
When Momma & Dad J were first married he created this hunt to surprise her with a puppy. Throughout the years it has been a tradition for them. Thank you to the Dads for a fun family evening! Thank you to the Mommas for the yummy chocolate!
This activity can be used by families, homeschoolers or youth groups. I have been given permission to share this with my readers by Dad and Momma J.
Bible Treasure Hunt
Ages: For ages 7 to Adult
Bible Version: We use the King James Bible. Be consistent; another version used to read the clues may not match and throw the entire game out of kilter.
Time: Depends upon the complexity of the clue/scripture, ages of the players and number of clues. It took about 20 minutes for our crew.
Note: Parental supervision may be required. We found some heart issues emerged during the game that needed to be addressed.
Create a spreadsheet with 4 columns and 13 rows. The first row will be the header row.
Starting Point Hebrews 9:2
Candlestick For there was a tabernacle made; the first, wherein was the candlestick, and the table, and the shewbread; which is called the sanctuary. Psalm 91:4
Chicken He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: Hebrews 12:28-29
Fireplace Wherefore we receiving a kingdom which cannot be moved, let us have grace, whereby we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear: For our God is a consuming fire. Psalm 127:4-5
Family pic As arrows are in the hand of a mighty man; so are children of the youth. Happy is the man that hath his quiver full of them: Song of Solomon 2:5
Apples Stay me with flagons, comfort me with apples: Leviticus 16:30
Calendar For on that day shall the priest make an atonement for you, to cleanse you, that ye may be clean from all your sins before the Lord. Jeremiah 11:5
Milk That I may perform the oath which I have sworn unto your fathers, to give them a land flowing with milk and honey, as it is this day. Psalm 33:2
Piano Praise the Lord with harp: sing unto him with the psaltery and an instrument of ten strings. Psalm 8:3-4
Stars When I consider thy heavens, the work of thy fingers, the moon and the stars, which thou hast ordained; What is man, that thou art mindful of him? 1 Samuel 17:43
Dog And the Philistine said unto David, Am I a dog, that thou comest to me with staves? Proverbs 31:10
Print two copies of this spreadsheet. (Hint: It helps to make the rows WIDE, but fit on a page so that no row is split between pages). One copy is a master copy for the hunt host. The other copy will be used for hiding.
Cut the rows by number. Using the location noted on the row slip, place the clue using tape or whatever method desired.
Explain the parameters BEFORE starting the hunt. i.e. places excluded, behavior expectations, etc.
Designate someone to red the first clue scripture. Let the hunt begin!
The person who finds the clue reads the scripture and the next clue scripture reference aloud.
The game continues until the last clue. At the end it is fun to have a prize or treasure to find, but not necessary.
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