Commode To Joy

finding happy (even in the crappy)

“Scavenge” no more for Christmas Fun

It’s no secret that I love scavenger hunts! They were a childhood favorite when I was a girl and have become a favorite of my son, Miller, who’s now five and a half. It’s not uncommon for me to jot out some clues on post-its and place them around the house for some after-school fun.

Last Easter I wrote about a scavenger hunt that led Miller to some goodies (that’s what sparked his interest in this activity). For Christmas this year, I thought, well why not share the fun with others?

If you’d like a little extra (free!) fun this holiday season, look no further.

I’ve created twenty printable clues for you to use with your family. They’ll lead your child(ren) all throughout the house, with just one clue placed outside (the front door). Younger children, roughly ages 4 through mid-grade school will likely appreciate these the most.

Here’s an example:

which will lead them to the bathtub where the next clue will be hidden

Because clues are spread throughout the house, be sure to ask your kid(dos) to stay put in a certain area — your bed, for instance — while you hide the clues. Pour some extra eggnog while you’re at it if you’re so inclined.

You can pick and choose which clues to print, or you can use all twenty. Ten clues at a time is plenty for one child, but I’ve created more so that families with multiple children can have a bigger variety to choose from.

There are two downloadable options below: a Christmas theme and a winter theme, both with the same clues. Click on the design you’d prefer, print it, cut them out, and let the hunt begin!

Miller cracks up when I put clues in unexpected places…like with ice cubes.

Scavenger hunts are a great way to lead kids to group gifts or to a gift that you give every year, such as an ornament, Christmas pjs, or those matching shirts you swore you’d never force upon your family, yet here you are…

And here you go! Click below to print.

Christmas Themed Printable Scavenger Hunt

Winter Themed Printable Scavenger Hunt

I’ve tested all of these on a few kids in my life. But, if you don’t want to use extra brain cells or if you have a case of mom brain, the answers are all below.

Helpful tips:

  • Numbering the clues helps keep track of them.
  • Setting out clues for multiple children at once? Write the child’s name or initials on their clues so that they don’t pick up someone else’s. Otherwise there will be confusion and mayhem for all, especially, if you’re already a few eggnogs in.
  • DON’T HIDE THE FIRST CLUE — hand it to your child and it will lead them to the second clue.
I set this up as the final clue (though you can use any you like as the last one). Backpacks make a great hiding spot, least of all because they aren’t currently in use.

Whatever your Christmas or holiday season holds, I hope it’s filled with very little crappy and lots of happy.

However, if you find yourself in need of a timeout? That’s what the commode’s for. 🙂


It wouldn’t be a Commode To Joy scavenger hunt without a clue leading to the toilet.



  1. Bathtub
  2. Socks
  3. Christmas tree
  4. Toothbrush
  5. Ice cubes
  6. Pillow
  7. Stockings
  8. Car keys
  9. Utensils
  10. Toilet
  11. Sink
  12. Pajamas
  13. Front door
  14. Purse/Diaper bag
  15. Night light
  16. Markers/crayons/colored pencils
  17. Tissue
  18. Dishwasher
  19. Scissors
  20. Backpack

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