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 this escape room for just before my kids summer break as kind of a kick off! However, escape rooms, like this, can be used for birthday parties, team building or just for fun on a quiet Saturday afternoon!
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 this escape room for kids in my own classroom because there is also a lot of learning that happens as kids solve the room.
To introduce the room, I printed a “Welcome to Your Escape Room” poster. (Printables available through Teachers Pay Teachers – Link at bottom.) I like using the poster on the door because I could close the door as I set up, and my kids were excited to read what the room was all about. The printables also include a certificate for when kids complete the room.
When you first enter the room there is a bin on the bed, but it’s locked with a bike lock and none of the contents are visible. I played spooky music in the background and one of the first things that you notice is a laptop turned on with a note typed on it.
Looking around the room you see a balloon, 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 key, inside you find a pen. An invisible ink pen. (It had a lid that shines, like a small flashlight, and the light reveals anything written with the pen.)
Shining the light, the words on the note refer to a favorite book and it leads you to the 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 that you saw when you first walked in, 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 “M U S I C”. 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 own kids work to solve. I had them do it independently and they solved it in different ways using different strategies, but both of my kids solved it 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 for kids!
A fun addition to our escape rooms have been certificates after completing the room. Kids love recognition and it is a fun keepsake of their adventure. (Link to Escape Room printables below.)
For more Escape Room Printables and Puzzles, click below.
Escape Room printables available through Teachers Pay Teachers. (Click image above). These printables make it easier and faster for you to set up an escape room at your home or classroom and include a welcome note, initial clue(s) and certificate and more!
DIY Escape Room for the Classroom – Add some extra learning to your escape room and make learning fun.