The timer is set! You have to solve all of the clues to be able to claim your prize! I was excited after I did an escape room that I guess I talked about it a lot at home; so much so that my kids really wanted to try one out. I decided to make up a DIY escape room for kids! I planned it for just before their summer break as kind of a kick off! Although I did this at home, it could easily be done in a classroom with a small group of students. I have plans in the future to try it out when I cover kindergarten prep!
When you first enter the room there is a bin on the bed, but locked with a bike lock and none of the contents are visible. I played spooky music in the background and the first thing that you notice is a laptop turned on with a note.
Looking around the room you see a balloon, and some tape and dots on the floor, but no suggestion as to what they are for. So, using the clue on the laptop, you pop the balloon. The balloon contains both a key and what appears to be a blank piece of paper. You search the room for something with a lock – you find a locked treasure chest under the bed. Using the kids, inside you find a pen. An invisible ink pen. (It had a lid that shines, like a small flashlight, a light that reveals anything written with the pen.) Shining the light, the words refer to a favourite book and lead you to your book shelf where you search for a pirate book. (I used an old book that we had 2 copies of and cut a piece from it to hold a key).
This key led to another search for another lock! The window – a small locked box – inside there are 3 numbers. You try the bin on the bed, thinking you’ve solved all of the clues, but it doesn’t work. You notice the lock on the closet doors – it works! Inside, a Code-A-Pillar is looking out at you. Now the “start” in blue tape on the floor and dots make a bit of sense.
The Code-A-Pillar is programmed to move in a set path, so you set it on start and let it go! You’ll notice that it’s running over certain letters, and not others.
The letters that it does run over spell out “MUSIC”. You search the room – the guitar! It doesn’t seem to have a clue immediately, but then you notice the string dropped down into the hole.
Pulling it up, you discover another set of numbers. You try the lock on the bin that’s on the bed again… It opens! Water balloons! Chocolate! Chalk! Tie dye! It’s going to be an awesome summer!
This escape room for kids was really interesting to watch my kids work to solve. I had them do it independently and they solved it in different ways, but both solved with without much help. It was so easy to set it up using things around our house. I did buy the locks, but I will definitely be using them again – I’ve already planned our next escape room!