Last Christmas my son (who was five) tore through his Christmas gifts faster than anyone, although he had the most gifts! Then he sat back and got a little upset when he saw everyone else still opening gifts. He got over it pretty quickly, but I thought next year I'd try a scavenger hunt to find his gifts.
Since he loves Batman, I thought riddles for things he can find around the house (and thus locations for gifts or new clues) would be a great way to give clues, plus it would make him think for a bit and delay the opening of some gifts! The riddles were harder to find than I expected, so I'm listing them here. Some I found, some I altered and a couple I made up. If anyone knows of any more, I'd love to have them!
For those locations too small to hold a gift (a candle) I thought I'd number the gifts, and leave a number at that location, when he finds that number he can open that gift. Others that have more than one location (bed, bathtub, etc), I may leave one in both locations (only one of them would have the next clue), or he'll have to check both spots.
Some are "abstract"--for example the "Star" would be the star on our Christmas tree, and the "tree" would be our Christmas tree itself (or the tree outside, depending on the weather!).
Little Nanny Etticoat
In a white petticoat,
And a long red nose;
The longer she stands
The shorter she grows.
My life can be measured in hours,
I serve by being devoured.
Thin, I am quick
Fat, I am slow
Wind is my foe.
Black within and red without;
Four corners around about.
Higher than a house, higher than a tree.
Oh! Whatever can that be?
Glittering points that downward thrust,
Sparkling spears that never rust.
What is it?
Lives in winter,
Dies in summer,
And grows with its roots upward!
Long legs, crooked thighs,
Little head, and no eyes.
Your artwork shines within my glow.
I hold other good things you know!
Your mother says to close me up—
Look up high, if you are stuck!
What starts with a T, ends with a T, and has T in it?
I am behind something tall and thin,
I welcome you when you come in what am I?
Boats sail the high seas in me,
But not a man is lost at sea!
My shores are shiny and slick,
But my waters won’t make you sick!
My body has a dozen heads or more,
My tails don’t wag when you walk in the door.
Count the ways you can hold me tight,
Or use me for a special night!
When I am filled,
I can point the way;
When I am empty,
Nothing moves me.
I have two skins,
One without and one within.
What am I?
I have hands that wave at you,
Though I never say goodbye.
It's cool for you to be with me,
Especially when I say, "HI."
What am I?
I have a head but never weep,
I have a foot but never walk,
You come to me for what you need.
It doesn't bark, it doesn't bite but still won't let you in a house. What is it?
Old Mother Twitchett had but one eye,
And a long tail which she let fly;
And every time she went over a gap,
She left a bit of her tail in a trap.
Needle and thread
What gets wetter and wetter the more it dries?
I run over fields and woods all day. Under the bed at night I sit not alone. My tongue hangs out, up and to the rear, awaiting to be filled in the morning. What am I?
You use a knife to slice my head and weep beside me when I am dead. What am I?
What one word has the most letters in it?
I have a bark, but I have no bite. I'm rarely still, but I never wander. What am I?
I give you a group of three. One is sitting down, and will never get up.
The second eats as much as is given to him, yet is always hungry.
The third goes away and never returns.
Stove, fire, smoke