We made up or found riddles online to use as clues. I took these riddles an put it in the order I wanted them to be in. I then videoed different family members to say the clue, they were free to say it however they wanted to, they could say it in a funny voice, wear a mask, I didn't really care how they said it. I also ran through the house with the video camera videoing the different spots where the clues would be hidden. Since it was video based when they found the appropriate spot they would find a corresponding number to the number of the clue that they were up to that would allow them to resume the video-therefore they all just had a number and said resume video. Also make sure to tell them, that if they find any clues of a different number, they have to leave it there. They can't remove it until they are up to that number. The video started off with text that said a surveillance camera has been hacked and that we needed their help to solve the mystery. The surveillance camera part was there, just to give them hints as to where the to look for the clue-because the clues were challenging. There were screens that would say after each clue Pause Video and Solve. The last clue led them to the second activity of the day.
This took time, until everybody was happy with the design they chose, looked at the book for ideas, and found sayings/quotes they wanted to use. They also had to share the limited supplies.
We decorated t-shirts. I had found this book that came with materials to decorate clothing with and I thought they would enjoy. I have to say the t-shirts came out quite nice. The book came with stencils and I also bought some alphabet stencils, so they would be able to make their own saying or put their name on it. We also had some puff paint to use.
So go get some stencils-anything that strike your fancy. You can even make your own off the computer.
Just take a picture, adjust the size if you need to, you can do this in Microsoft Office Word. Print it out, and then cut out the picture using a utility knife (do this on top of scrap cardboard). This works best for very basic pictures. Just to be clear I've provided an example. Let's say that the heart below is the picture you are using, you will be cutting out the black part.
before cutting ------> ♥
after cutting, you should then be left with this -----> ♥ this will be your stencil.
You Will Need:
T-shirts (cheap solid ones)
scotch tape comes in handy
Alphabet stencils (preferably the cardboard ones you have to rip apart, I paid like 59 cents for mine, but you might want to get 2, just in case you need 2 of the same letter.
other decorations you can think of
Plan out your design.
Lay out your t-shirt and slip a piece of cardboard in between the layers.
Align your stencils, scotch tape helps hold them in place while they color.
Ta Da T-shirts
The owner of the puff paint t-shirt refused to let me take a picture of it, and this one had the most techniques on it. He used stencils for the words. Outlined one of the words with Puff Paint, this looks really nice, although puff paint should be the last step, to prevent the paint from getting ruined. Used a paint sponge to dab/sponge on paint for one of the words and he did some freehand drawing. His T-shirt came out really nice.
This is a great activity for many ages. Why are you still reading this? Go get your supplies, to get started.
Have Fun and I hope to see your creations.
*And if you're still reading this, please let me know if you need something clarified.