Fairy Tales provide ample fodder for a family-friendly scavenger hunt game. Children (and adults) will enjoy the sense of bringing their favorite stories to life!

On the way to grandmother’s house? (by Flickr user 1derbread Media)

On the way to grandmother’s house? (by Flickr user 1derbread Media)

Here’s a list of scavenger hunt items to get you started:

  • Hooded red cape (or perhaps just a red hooded sweatshirt) (Little Red Riding Hood)
  • Pumpkin (Cinderella)
  • Beans (Jack and the Beanstalk)
  • Rose (Beauty and the Beast)
  • Person wearing leather shoes (Elves and the Shoemaker)
  • Frog (The Princess and the Frog)
  • Leave a trail of pebbles and photograph it (Hansel and Gretel)
  • Apple (Snow White)
  • House made of bricks (Three Little Pigs)
  • Person with very long hair – points awarded to the team that finds the person with the longest hair! (Rapunzel)
  • Porridge (Goldilocks and the Three Bears)


  • A more advanced game could include creating living tableaus of important scenes from the stories.
  • Select lesser known fairy tales to keep things interesting. (The wikipedia page on Fairy Tales has a ton of stories I’d never heard of, including several that sound terrifying. You could do a more macabre scavenger hunt based on titles like The Girl and the Dead ManThe Glass CoffinPenta of the Chopped-off Hands, andMisfortune.)
  • An amazing birthday party version could include guest appearances from fairy tale characters themselves (or at least friends of yours dressed as the characters)!