If you haven’t been living under a rock, you know that Escape rooms have taken over the scene in terms of things to do. You’ve probably already been hassled about an escape room for kids. The problem is that often times they are a little tricky for kids AND not to mention the price tag.
Fortunately, you don’t have to dip into their college fund to give them an escape room type of experience.
What are escape rooms?
Actual escape rooms usually have a series of puzzles that must be solved to ultimately get the key to escape. They rely on logic, critical thinking, and working as a team to get out before time runs out. They can be a lot of fun, but they can also be frustrating. We all know there isn’t anything as fun as dropping $100 or more on an evening that leads to frustration, tears, and drama.
Instead of all of that, I strongly suggest that you try some alternatives before you shell out the big bucks.
Make an escape room for kids
Escapes rooms are really a set of logic puzzles to be solved and each puzzle leads you closer to the key and ultimately escape. A simple logic quest can be a great alternative and can be made as complicated or easy as you need it. That means that making an escape room for kids is the perfect solution when the topic gets brought up.
How to make an escape for kids
You will need to decide on a topic. This can be about a holiday, person, or even an educational topic (my favorite way to play). Games can be provided all on pencil and paper, a combination of pencil and paper and actual physical object to find based on the clues, digital, or even some combination. I suggest at least 4 puzzles to make it a good game.
What are the types of escape room puzzles?
That is up to you and your time and resources. You might use simple logic puzzles, complex riddles, code words, actual keys to open boxes, scavenger hunt style games, digital locks in google documents, or even actual treasure boxes.
When I make a puzzle I usually try to build in a level of difficulty to help prevent frustration. I try to have a simple sorting or categorizing activity, then ordering steps or identifying parts, then usually I create a set of questions based on a topic we are studying or a reading that I provide.
Not interested in an academic escape room, no worries! Pick a topic that interests your kiddos. I’m thinking of some video games that could be excellent topics for escape room.
Along the way, I have code words that are used to decipher the hidden message. The first person to decipher the hidden message wins the game. You can also play where each person or group that decodes the message in the time allowed escape.
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