27 Easy DIY Escape Room Prop Ideas For Kids

An escape room for kids is a game zone where a child has to solve a series of child-friendly puzzles to get out of the space. Solving these puzzles requires teamwork and logical reasoning to help the child reach the next level, ultimately reaching the primary key that will help in escaping the room.

Escape rooms can help keep children engaged and boost mental agility. Adding riddles and codes is another way to make this escape game a lot more interesting and challenging.

Continue reading this post to get an insight into the benefits of escape rooms for children and some ideas you can use to make the game memorable and fun.

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The first modern escape room was made by the Japanese company, SCRAP. It was a simple version consisting of a single room and only 5-6 players. Over the years, SCRAP has become famous for hosting the Real Escape Game Event that hosts thousands of players.

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Benefits Of Playing Escape Room Games

Escape room games are fun and offer innumerable benefits to children.

1. Improves logical thinking

Escape room games have various puzzles that require children to think out of the box. You can throw in riddles and mathematical problems to keep your children on their toes. These puzzles promote logical thinking and encourage them to think rationally.

2. Develops communication

Escape room games are usually played with a group of children or family members. Your children can work in teams to solve problems that improve their communication skills.

3. Improves motor skills

There are various physical puzzles and mazes in escape room games that can develop fine and gross motor skills. You can add physical challenges according to your child’s age and capability so that they learn new skills while having fun.

4. Increases family time

Family game nights can become more exciting with escape room games to surprise children and bring back the zing. These will increase the quality time you spend together as a family.

5. Helps discover new skills

Your child may realize that solving mathematical puzzles is fun, and they enjoy it. If your child is a great puzzle solver, they might realize that their bodies are flexible only after playing escape room games. There are various ways for your children to discover their skills through different physical and mental puzzles. Integrating puzzle-solving into your child’s learning strategy can offer a fun and captivating approach to their development.

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During the COVID-induced lockdown, many companies developed virtual escape rooms. People from all over the world could participate in these virtual escape rooms with their friends and family right from their homes.

27 Escape Room Prop Ideas For Kids

Here are the best escape room ideas to ensure your children are well entertained. Use the props wisely to create the best escape room for kids.

1. Coordinate grid

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Create a coordinate grid for guiding children through the puzzle. You can make a grid with letters, numbers, and even special characters. Include them to decode a puzzle at different levels. Make it as easy or complex as you wish according to the age of your child. Don’t forget to include an exit point when they solve the puzzle!

2. Images

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You can place posters or photographs strategically across the room. These should contain clues in the form of text or other detail that your children can figure out only if they pay attention.

3. Periodic table

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If your children are old enough and studying the periodic table, include one in the escape room game. You can use the periodic table for making a number combination lock using the numbers as a key. For example, you can write a lock code as hydrogen, aluminum, and helium, and it will translate to 1133. You can also use it to decode a letter code. For example, the elements Iron and Argonwill spell out Fear.

4. Letters

Letter or number mazes can be a new twist to the regular mazes. In these mazes, you can use sticky notes and stick them at different spots. When at a junction, decoding the correct letter shows the right way. You can also write numbers in series for children who are learning numbers or draw a certain number of objects on a sheet of paper and fix two different numbers on a fork. The number that corresponds to the number of things will be the correct turn.

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You can use a code sheet to help your children decode certain cryptic words. If they are readers, you can use a book as code.

5. Balloons

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If your children love popping balloons, make a maze with obscure clues concealed within the balloons. They should pop a balloon to get the hint and proceed.

6. Locks and keys

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Every creative escape room game requires locks and keys. You can include regular locks, digital locks, and numerical locks. Hide the keys in strategic places so that your child can search them in sequence and open the locks to escape.

7. Riddles

Children as young as four are interested in solving riddles. You can use riddles to help your child get out of an escape room. These also help them learn to think laterally and communicate better.

8. Jigsaw puzzles

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The escape room idea involves your children solving a jigsaw puzzle before moving on to the next stage. You can use a jigsaw puzzle you already have or even make one from an old photograph or a template. These puzzles usually have a code to be cracked.

9. Sequence puzzles

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The number and letter sequences are classic favorites, but if your children are a bit older, you can use symbol or shape sequences to up the challenge quotient. You can also put in physical sequence clues where a player has to place objects in a certain way to move on to the next level.

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Sequences help children recognize patterns, make predictions, and understand transitions.

10. Questions

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Asking questions to pass a stage is as fun as solving riddles. Ask your children common questions about their daily lives or general trivia. It is a good way to get acquainted and improve their knowledge. They can have a good time solving these questions and interacting with friends.

11. Clocks

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Both digital and analog clocks are great props for escape room games. You can set all the clocks at a specific time or use them as clues for unlocking numerical codes. Combine clocks with posters and jigsaw puzzles to make a more challenging puzzle for your children.

12. Dusters and mops

You can use daily use items in escape room games for children. Darken an area in the room and keep a duster in the darkness. As your child passes the area, you could brush their leg with the duster. It helps develop their senses and imagination.

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Using physical props in an escape room can be fun. But avoid using them if your children scare easily.

13. Landmines

What could be better than crossing a landmine (made of cardboard or sheets of paper) with a blindfold? Include landmines with or without blindfolds in your escape room games and multiply the children’s joy. The addition of these surprises is sure to make the game more exciting. They would love the challenge and will contort themselves into unbelievable positions to escape. It is also a good way to provide exercise to your children.

14. Mirrors

Solve the mystery by using mirrors to decipher the clues and write the text in reverse. Your children have to hold the clues in front of a mirror (which you can lock up in previous levels) to decode the puzzle. If you are unsure about writing in reverse text, you can write correctly on one sheet, place it face down on another sheet and trace out. Otherwise, you can hold a mirror at an angle and write in reverse by looking in the mirror.

15. Invisible messages

Adding an element of enigma to the game heightens the excitement for both children and adults. Invisible ink is something that you can successfully use in escape room games. Use commercial invisible ink or lemon juice and a matchstick. Your children have to hold the paper on a candle flame to reveal the letters and move on to the next stage.

16. Magnets

You can hide clues in a small metal box that a magnet can attract. Place them strategically in the room for your children to find. You can attach another magnet on a stick and ask them to use it to attract other magnets from across the room.

17. Rubbing alcohol

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Rubbing alcohol is useful for writing hidden messages on glass or mirrors. Trace a message on a mirror that can be seen when exposed to hot steam. Use a steamer to create steam so that your children don’t scald themselves.

18. Cipher

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If you want to include a word or alphanumeric combinations in your escape room for kids, try using cipher codes. However, you can use these for older children. It is easy to find cipher templates on the Internet, or you can make one of your own.

19. Magnetic key holder

The magnetic key holder is a great way to hide keys. You can stick it to any metal object by putting the key in it and attach the holder in an unlikely place. Put in clues to lead to it, and watch your children have a fun time trying to find it out.

20. Random keys

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Take five or six random keys, and write down letter and number combinations on a paper. Take a photocopy of these keys and hide them in different places. Ask your children to search the keys and then let them figure out which piece of paper has the correct combination.

21. Playing cards

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Playing cards are printed with numbers and letters that can be used in an escape room game. For example, randomly place some playing cards and ask your children to arrange them by increasing or decreasing values to unlock the code.

22. Hollowed books

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Hardcover books can double up as good hiding places for keys. But do not worry about defacing your books. You can get hollowed books on online stores and then place them among your other books to see your children search through all of them to discover the clue.

23. Phones

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Click a picture of a clue on your phone and ask your children to unlock it to crack the code. Use phones and jigsaw puzzles or cipher codes for hiding clues to get children to work under a deadline as most phones allow only specific trials.

24. Blacklight torches

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Use an invisible pen to write secret messages as clues. Use the blacklight torch to uncover the messages. The best part about using invisible pens and blacklight torches is you can write on any surface without damaging it.

25. Cardboard boxes

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You can use cardboard boxes and sheets to create false bottomed boxes and hide clues or even small items or keys. It needs to be done ingeniously so that your children cannot guess immediately that the bottom of the box has been hollowed out. Do not use this trick more than twice.

26. CD or USB drives

Burn a CD or record a clue onto a USB drive. It could be a video clue, a photograph, or an audio clue. Then, hide the CD or the flash drive. The players have to search the CD or USB drive, connect it to the appropriate player, and decode the clue.

27. Treasure map

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If the game’s end goal is to find a treasure before escaping the room, hide a treasure map surrounded by clues in the room. Mark the treasure’s location with an “X” so that your children can figure out where it is.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. At what age can children take part in escape rooms?

Children of any age may accompany parents to an escape room. However, they may start to have fun solving the riddles after their analytical skills have developed. Each escape room mentions the ideal age suitable for their theme. You may check the minimum age requirement of an escape room in your locality to know if your child is allowed to participate.

2. Are escape rooms safe for children?

Most escape rooms are safe for children. But when you think of taking your child to an escape room activity, check the room’s pamphlet to see the age limit. Ask organizers if the room has adult-themed riddles and avoid such rooms.

3. Can kids get stuck in escape rooms?

Children may get stuck in an escape room if they cannot find clues. Hence, it is better if an adult accompanies them. Most escape rooms monitor the room when participants are engaged in solving the puzzles through security cameras. Hence, you may monitor them from there as well.

Escape rooms for kids are a great way to keep your child entertained and engaged. Construct an exciting escape room for your child based on their age and skills. Make the task challenging by adding fun elements, such as jigsaw puzzles, ciphers, and riddles. Include rewards to motivate your child to complete the tasks within a stipulated time. You could also play with them for a fun bonding activity. Click pictures and make videos of the entire activity to create memories that you and your child will cherish forever!

Infographic: Benefits Of Playing Escape Room Games For Children

Escape room games involve adventure, fun, creativity, and even horror. These activities will entertain and occupy your children and support their development. Explore the infographic below to discover these games’ many advantages for children.

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Key Pointers

  • Escape room games can improve children’s thinking, problem-solving, and analytical skills.
  • Create escape rooms using various locks at home and hide the keys in strategic places for children to search.
  • Use cardboard boxes, playing cards, magnets, mirrors, and other interesting tools to make it extra challenging and fun.
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