Wednesday, December 17, 2008

"Making a Mystery"

I was feeling like it was high time that I did something fun with my kids. Ross asked me on Saturday to "make a mystery" for them to solve. I didn't come up with anything that day, but today I decided to follow the examples of my mom, John, and Erik and make a treasure hunt of sorts. While older three kids were at school, I set it up like so:

I taped this note to the face of the TV screen (so as to be sure that it would be noticed right away).

Attention! Hoppy, Jumpers and Lydia's CD player have all been kidnapped!
If you ever want to see them again, you must follow these instructions immediately and exactly! You must find each of the following:
A broken heart and a contrite ... wait, that's the wrong list!

5 golden rings, 4 calling birds, 3 french hens, 2 turtle doves,... no, sorry wrong list again!

3 jugs of milk, toilet paper, a rubber salami ... oh that's my shopping list.

Okay, here's the real list of things to bring:

1 Pony tail holder

1 red, 1 yellow, 1 blue, and 1 black crayon

2 pair of matching socks belonging to your father

2 pennys

1 twig that is over a foot long

1 bike bottle of water

Once you've found each of these items, bring them to the Dangerously Crazed Captain Silly Face for inspection. There you will receiver further instructions.

Next I gave them a clue with a code to crack, which led to a treasure map, which led to a riddle to solve, which led them back to their original clue and told them to look for the clue hidden in the background. I had their things hidden in the box in the back of the picture with the ingredients for making rice crispy treats and a note that said that their friends were waiting for them to make a tasty treat with them. So, we made the rice crispy treats.

It was a huge success! The kids loved it, and have requested more mysteries. Fun stuff.


Thankful Paul said...


Renae said...

Hello Thankful Paul!

Jeanette and Jason said...

Renae that's great. It sounds like a blast. I'm sure it's going to be one of those memories they hold on to. Too fun.

timpani76 said...

The bunnies taped and gagged was the most hilariously twisted mommy thing I have ever seen. You are the QUEEN EMPRESS OF THE WEIRDO MOMMY FAERIES!!!

Amy said...

That is AWESOME.

And yeah, I totally love the bound and gagged bunnies.

Brad Carter said...

This is great. Reminds me of the hunt your mom sent me and John on when we were kids. Yours is much more creative though. (Don't tell your mom I said that though.)

Karen said...

Yes, have to agree that the captive bunnies were my favorite part. Sick, twisted, hilarious...

Eyepoke said...

For what it's worth the idea for my haunted treasure hunt this October came at least partly from Brad reminding me about Mom making us treasure hunts when we were kids.

I liked the tied up bunnies too. Sounds like a bunch of cool!

Bruce said...

shut up or the purple one gets it.

Bruce said...

and who are you thankful paul. we havent met

Bruce said...

did you all notice that the cd player is bound and gaged too.(the cord and the desplay screen)

lizS said...

yeah, i noticed the cd player too, and almost peed my pants laughing at the bunnies. good stuff renae!

timpani76 said...

I did not notice the CD player, to funny!