DIY Escape Room
You have 1 hour to escape, can you do it??? I love creating escape rooms and my kids love when I have planned one for them. I have so many ideas to use as clues for escape rooms! This is our second room that I created for my kids on a rainy day. They are getting faster and faster at solving them. I put on suspenseful music in the background and told them they had one hour to escape. The steps and descriptions for this escape room for kids are below.
To start, on their bedroom door they found the above “e” code. Initially, they both thought they should then be looking for something that starts with the letter “e”. The code is actually the pattern to unlock my phone. Once they figured this out, my phone unlocked to reveal a photo that they recognized as one of their finger puppets – and a key. (If I were to use this clue again, I would just make it a simple shape, vs. a letter, because I had intended to start with a fun and easy clue, but I threw them off a bit because of the letter.)
They immediately searched the room for the puppets. They found the bin of finger puppets under the bed. Inside they found the puppet from the phone image – and a key! They also noticed the invisible ink pen; however, no other clue as to what the pen was for, but they knew it must be for something!
After unlocking the treasure chest from the bed, it revealed a marble and a blank puzzle piece. The puzzle piece implied that the rest of the puzzle was somewhere in the room, and maybe had a clue on it. As for the marble, they immediately knew what to do with it.
The marble went through our marble run. I taped the tubes down because I didn’t want it to get bumped and then the marble go in a different direction. When dropped, the marble falls into one of the white cups at the bottom. The one that it falls into gives them a 3 digit number. This number is the code for a lock.
Once they found the bin, behind the curtains, they were successful in taking off one of the locks. They needed to keep searching to find the other number!
Upon searching high and low, they found a puzzle (the rest of the puzzle) taped under the desk. Quickly they took it down and started putting it together. It is a difficult puzzle because both sides are white, and blank. However, they then realized that they had not used the invisible ink pen yet!
Taking out the pen and shining it on the puzzle revealed some words and aided in putting the puzzle together. I love these pens! They work so well and are perfect for escape rooms! My kids used the light on the pen to reveal the words that I wrote, “Check the one that does not belong”. They quickly looked around the room and finally noticed the closet. I colour coded the shirts in the closet – except for one white shirt. (No my kids closets are not usually colour coded!)
Once they checked their closet, they figured out that it was the white shirt. Once they took out the shirt they quickly found the number code written on it!
Finally, the last clue. They opened the box and took off the lock and opened it to find…
They were so excited to have solved their mystery room – with plenty of time to spare. In the afternoon we went to the movies. It made the movie even better because they felt like they had earned it! Overall, it was a great day!
My kids solved the escape room for kids in just under half an hour, but depending on the age of participates time will vary. This escape room was definitely more challenging than our first, but just as fun. For our first escape room, click here: Escape Room
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