Digital QR Code Scavenger Hunt without an app: How-to Guide
Sneh Ratna Choudhary
Last Updated: February 22, 2021
Scavenger hunts are quite popular amongst children in school, corporate offices, parties, and promotional activities. Apart from being an enjoyable game, it is also used as an orientation activity, team-building event, or professional engagement tool.
Traditionally, the scavenger hunt items and clues were printed or written on paper. Using digital solutions, people have maneuvered and enhanced the game’s experience. QR Code Scavenger hunt is one among them that is growing in popularity because of its simplicity and convenience.
While there is a ton of information on how to create a QR code scavenger hunt, none of them abide by the rules of the original scavenger hunt. This quick yet comprehensive guide will teach you how to create a fun scavenger hunt using QR codes.
Discuss and brainstorm on topics or themes of the QR Code scavenger hunt. Make a list of questions and clues you want the participants to solve.
If you are thinking of a classroom activity or for a specific promotion, you can create a list of clues around the topic you want participants to learn and know more.
You can even create puzzles for clues with phrases and images.
Creating Text QR codes on the QR code generator
You can add clues to a text QR Code, customize them, and add a logo depending on the type of the clue.
To show you how simple this is, let’s take an example.
Say, the object you want participants to find is a red ax. Find the best image online and open the generator.
Choose Plain Text QR Code as the QR code type
Next, type in the next clue for example “Purple Flower”
Upload the image as logo by clicking on ‘Upload Logo’
Change the color to match the logo
Generate the QR Code
Download the QR code
How the QR Code Scavenger hunt will work:
The objective of this treasure hunt is to find all the QR codes. You can create several QR Codes like so and place them strategically in a demarcated area. Since the image of the object is hidden in the QR code, teams will have to hunt for the QR Code and the QR code will reveal the next object that needs to be found.
Customize the QR code – Change the color and add a logo
How this QR code scavenger hunt will work:
The objective of this QR code scavenger hunt is to find all the objects mentioned in the landing pages. This makes the game far more interesting and is suitable for larger audiences.
You can tell teams to start from one particular QR code. Each team will scan the QR Code to know which is the first object they must look for. You can also hide the location of the next QR code on the first landing page.
Turn up the QR code scavenger hunt a notch
Just like in Version #1, you can print out some dummy QR codes. But with this version, you can create a time-based QR code scavenger hunt.
By using the schedule function in the dynamic QR code, you can get teams to hunt for a particular clue in a set time. If they fail to do so, you can change the landing page attached to the QR code to “This clue has been destroyed” and award the team that finds the most number of objects in the shortest amount of time.
Here is a list of QR Code scavenger hunt solutions that you can easily create using the Beaconstac intuitive platform.
You can use image QR Codes to hide clues of an image or an object. You can also place a scavenger item list for participants.
Choose Image QR Code option
Select the image you want to place in the QR Code
Customize your QR Code
Download QR Code
2. Location based
By using a location-based QR Code you direct participants to different locations of the scavenger hunt to find new clues.
Choose location-based QR Code option
Enter or choose the location on the map
PDF QR Codes can help event organizers provide information on rules and checklist items for participants. They can also hide maps to different locations in these QR Codes.
Choose the PDF QR Code option
Select a PDF file
4. App downloads
You can use app download QR Codes at events and large scale treasure hunts as a part of app promotions. You can introduce online puzzles using apps as tasks within the scavenger hunt.
Choose app download QR Code option
Enter links of the app on different app stores
5. Coupon code as secret codes
You can hide secret codes that unlock new clues in the game using coupon code QR Codes.
Choose coupon code QR option
Enter the secret code and message
Modify the page and add a logo
QR Code Scavenger Hunt: Where should you create one?
QR Scavenger hunt for teachers
QR Code Treasure Hunts can be helpful for students of all ages. Here are some of the ways you can use them;
As an orientation activity for new students showing them essential areas of the school grounds with questions relevant to things, they need to know.
As a fun revision activity for senior physical education, enabling them to practice their understanding of core concepts in a fun and effective way.
A brain boost activity inside of the classroom. It makes the students active and refreshes mid-lesson without leaving the room.
QR Scavenger hunt for corporate offices and events
Reward your team with a fun QR Code scavenger hunt as a part of their recreation. It helps in team building and a great chance to get to know each other.
Help new hires and freshers become familiar with your office space and the organization by showing off the facility with a scavenger hunt.
Drive people to different locations, exhibits, and vendors in an event or an exhibition via scavenger hunt. Encourage participants to explore different areas of the venue, which they might not usually see.
QR Code scavenger hunt: Use cases
For history lessons
History lessons can turn out boring and monotonous. To encourage students and keep the classroom interactive, teachers can conduct a scavenger hunt within their school premises on history lessons.
Here is how the QR Code scavenger hunt can be conducted:
Teachers can divide the whole lesson into various questions.
They can set an end goal of the scavenger hunt as an essay assignment.
A series of 20 codes are hidden on random objects in different locations around the school.
Students are put into small teams: each of these teams has at least one person owning a mobile device (e.g. phone, iPod Touch) which could decode the QR codes
The team has to find these objects and scan the QR Codes on them. When ‘read’ by the mobile device, each code turned into a quiz question relating to the study topic. Some of these tested (and so consolidated) existing knowledge; some of them required further research to obtain the answer.
In break times over a two-day period, the teams of students find the objects and codes, copy down the numbered questions as each one was decoded, and then research and record the answers.
The completed answer sheets were then handed in at the end of the school week and the team with the most correct questions and answers was awarded a prize.
The following week, the sheets were photocopied and returned to the members of the teams. Each student then uses the new information they had gathered in the scavenger hunt to develop their essay project in more depth.
We will learn how to create a more engaging lesson by integrating tech tools to get students prepared for their quiz.
The teacher identifies the types of questions and the learning objective behind the quiz. Then create 8-10 open-ended questions from the topic, or a lesson one wants to quiz.
They can choose a popular indoor place like the basketball court or the gym as the scavenger hunt area.
The teacher then has to list down the objects and the places that are going to be a part of the scavenger hunt. Write clues on each object and the site for students to find.
Copy and paste each question into a QR Code generator. Generate text QR Codes or bulk QR Codes for all the clues and quiz questions.
Please print out the QR Codes and place them on the list of objects that you made earlier.
Hand over worksheets for students and divide them into different teams
The team that finds the highest number of objects and gets the highest number of answers for the quiz wins the game.
After the game, report students back to the classrooms and have discussions on the topic.
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Sneh is a Content Marketing Manager at Beaconstac. When she’s not obsessing over customized QR Codes, she can be found fawning over dogs or bingeing on Netflix. To discuss content marketing or anything else under the sun, reach out to her on Twitter or LinkedIn.