You know I’m all about interactive storytelling, especially with today’s digital native kids. That’s why I’m excited to share this week’s guest blog post from Jennifer Lake all about incorporating a treasure hunt or scavenger hunt into your Bible lesson:

Bringing the Bible to life is not something new to any ministry leader, but finding innovative ways of engaging your audience is always a win. Treasure/scavenger hunts are both fun and interactive, helping younger learners deepen their knowledge of the Bible. Treasure hunts offer an immersive learning opportunity by inviting kids to hunt for something (an object, a picture, etc.) that relates to the story or helps tell the story.

They are also a great way to explore deeper biblical themes and symbols. When you incorporate scavenger hunts into your teaching time, you bring the tapestry of biblical symbolism to life in an engaging and memorable way. Plus, you help those kinetic learners channel their energy into interacting with the story. 

Treasure hunts or scavenger hunts transform traditional Bible study sessions into captivating adventures. For instance, a hunt based on Noah’s Ark could involve searching for pairs of animal figures, embedding the story in an enjoyable activity. It helps the story to become familiar to younger learners and deepens their relationship with God. Participating in story-driven treasure hunts turns kids into active participants in the biblical narratives, enhancing retention and understanding of the stories and their lessons.

Treasure Hunts with Biblical Symbolism: Biblical symbolism is debated by many of the greatest minds to have ever lived, so it’s understandable that it may be difficult for kids to grasp. Symbols like butterflies, representing transformation and resurrection, and bees, symbolizing hard work and community, can be woven easily into an interactive treasure hunt. Here are two examples of treasure hunts you could consider:

  • Butterfly Hunt: A Story of Transformation – Create a treasure hunt revolving around the theme of transformation, using butterflies as a key symbol. Children can search for butterfly figures or images, each tied to a Bible story illustrating change or growth, such as the transformation of Saul to Paul.
  • Bee Hunt: A Story of Teamwork – A bee-themed treasure hunt can teach about the importance of community and hard work in the Christian life. Clues can lead to a ‘hive’ where children learn about stories like the building of Solomon’s Temple, where teamwork and diligence were vital for success.

Treasure Hunts in Your Storytelling: Keeping the kids on task and engaging on a level they can both enjoy and learn something from requires careful story selection and planning.

Select stories and symbols that are suitable for your group’s age and interests. Stories like Moses’ journey, the walls of Jericho, or Daniel in the lion’s den provide rich narratives for interactive exploration. Design clues that are both educational and entertaining.

Some examples:

  • The Treasure Hunt of Jericho – One great example of a biblical treasure hunt that kids will engage easily with is a hunt focused on Jericho. The ancient city of Jericho is steeped in biblical history and your hunt can incorporate this. The kids can march around the famous walls, solve riddles and clues based on the story, and seek out the hidden trumpets. The physical element of the hunt makes it more tangible for young learners and helps the story feel more memorable, whilst also teaching the core principles of faith and obedience.
  • Daniel and the Lion’s Den Treasure Hunt – Daniel and the Lion’s Den is also a great choice for a treasure hunt. You can craft a hunt trail which involves searching for clues to help Daniel escape from the lion’s den. Every clue can teach another aspect of Daniel’s story from prayer to faith to God’s protection. The added level of excitement and the chance to help Daniel make the experience more exciting and personally relatable.

Post-Hunt Evaluation and Discussion: Key to any treasure hunt intent on teaching the stories of the Bible is the reflection time afterward. Kids will have the chance to discuss and explore the story in more depth and you can also further guide their learning and suggest further reading opportunities for anyone who wants to dig deeper into their understanding of the story. It may only be a minute or two or much longer, but it is a chance to further embed the ideas and key points of the story taught through the treasure hunt.

Fun and Faith Combined: Treasure hunts in Bible study are not just about fun; they are a truly dynamic teaching method. By incorporating elements like biblical symbolism, ministry leaders can instill a deeper understanding and appreciation for the Bible. Whether you’re looking to cover well-loved stories in a new and innovative way or want to inspire new learners to take their first steps into their faith, a treasure hunt is a great choice.


Author Bio: Jennifer Lake is a kindergarten teacher turned freelance writer with a passion for sharing her faith and making education fun and child-led. When not writing, she spends time with her own small family and loves to travel around the country.

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