Time to get started and create an escape room of your own making! Want to know how to create an escape room that's perfect for kids? Then check out our handy step-by-step guide. We have listed all the steps needed to design a great escape room.
If you need inspiration for puzzles and assignments, we've listed some examples below that you can use in your own creation.
You sometimes encounter them in escape rooms and in the film 'The Da Vinci Code' this object plays a major role: the cryptex. You can also make a simple version of a cryptex yourself. Great for making your own escape room or game.
We have created a step-by-step plan on how to make such a cryptex yourself.
A super handy tool: a deciphering wheel. This allows you to convert secret messages or hints into a code that you must decipher with a deciphering wheel. You don't need much to make this yourself.
We have created a instruction guide on how to make such a number wheel yourself.
Create a maze that leads to an object, animal or theme. But which entrance should you take? You can use numbers, colors or letters here. If you use multiple mazes, the correct solutions can form a code. In the example below: Which letter goes to the horse? (animal theme) This way you can spell a word with a number of mazes. You can also take one maze and use numbers everywhere. The correct route then indicates the correct number combination.
There are many different ways to create and use secret language. This can be done, for example, by:
Choose a secret language and write a letter or message. The outcome can be a code, but also a reference to where the next assignment can be found.
When it comes to math and numbers, there are many options available. To keep it simple you can make an assignment with how many monkeys do you count? How many birds do you count? You can also make a more challenging puzzle as shown above. The outcome can then be part of a code.
You also have those well-known logical series of numbers that you can use. Just Google math puzzles and you will come up with a lot of examples. The use of math puzzles does of course depend on the age and level of a child. So keep this in mind!
You can easily make invisible ink at home and use it for the escape room. There are different liquids (lemon juice, milk, vinegar, white crayon) with which you can make the ink and also different ways in which you can make the text visible again. This is pretty simple and you will always have something at home to use.
You will use a ruler for this assignment. You can also make your own ruler if you don't have one around. Place a letter (not consecutive) for every centimeter. For example: 6 cm = Z / 23 cm = A / 14 cm = B. This ruler is the tool the kids will need. On a piece of paper, draw lines in the order of the letters. So if you want to write a hint, use a line per letter. You can also choose to write out a code, for example sixtwofive.
Tip: you can also use a measuring tape or tape measure!
No sweat, it happens! That is why we have created various escape games for kids. This can be downloaded (via Etsy) for a small fee and takes little preparation time.
There are multiple themes and games to choose from.
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