Build Escape Rooms
We hope you are safe and healthy!!!
We have included information to help you build. Below you will find:
Suggestions for using your school lunch kit items for boxes and a way to use paper locks.
Reminder of the steps for building an escape room. You can start anywhere you want in the process. If you include family members in the design and construction of your escape room remember to use your core competency skills - especially positive communication: 1: Say Something Positive, 2: Be Specific, 3. Plan.
Perfect Slime Recipe
If you have questions please email the Awesome Escape Rooms 4 Kids team at
Home Made Boxes
The first things you will need to build your home made escape room are boxes and locks. We encourage you to use your imagination. The box does not need to lock. It just needs to shut.
Below are examples of lunch kits and water bottles that can be closed but don't lock.
Lunch kits can be zippered shut. Many have 2 pouches.
Drink containers with lids can be used as long as they are clean and dry.
Plastic containers with lids work but you may need to wrap up your clue.
Home Made Locks
A lock is a device that prevents someone from getting into the box. However, if you have trust worthy family members who will solve the home made lock before opening the box/container you can make a paper lock. A paper lock is much more flexible than a store bought lock. If your lock will have numbers, you can write in what ever numbers you like as long as you can logically link it to your puzzle. You can write in whole words, letter and number combinations, and symbols. It depends on your puzzle and your imagination.
AS REQUESTED: OUR PERFECT EVERY TIME SLIME RECIPE
2/3 cup of Elmer’s White Glue.
1 teaspoon Baking Soda
1/4 Cup Water
1.5 Tablespoons Contact Lens Solution
Liquid Food Coloring
Add a 1/2 cup of glue
Add 1/2 tsp of baking soda and mix.
Add food color and mix or wait until after adding contact solution
Add 1 tablespoon of the saline solution to the mixture
Once you get the mixture thoroughly whipped and incorporated, you can pull it out with your hands!
Add a squirt of shaving cream
TIP: Before removing the slime from the bowl, squirt a few drops of saline solution on your hands. The slime can be sticky to start. It can be kneaded in the bowl as well. Don’t add too much extra saline as the consistency gets less sticky with kneading. Adding to much saline solution can result in an over activated slime with a rubbery texture.
ESCAPE ROOM DESIGN STEPS
1. BRAINSTORM THEMES
2. PICK ONE OR SOME (REMEMBER DOTS: USE A FELT PEN GIVE YOURSELF 20 DOTS)
1. BRAINSTORM IDEAS
2. SELECT MAIN IDEAS
3. CREATE BACK STORY
4. TYPICALLY THERE ARE 2-3 LOCKS PER MAIN IDEA
1. MAKE LOCK
2. CHOSE PUZZLE TYPE (PHYSICAL CHALLENGE, CLUE OR HIDE & SEEK)
3. MAKE PUZZLE
(MAKE SOME ART!)
TEST & ESCAPE
SET UP YOUR PUZZLES AND ART IN A ROOM AND TRY OUT YOUR PUZZLES. FIX ANY PROBLEMS. HAVE FUN WHEN FAMILY ESCAPES! REMEMBER CORE COMPETENCY SKILLS WHEN HOSTING YOUR ESCAPE ROOM.
CONGRATULATE YOURSELF - YOU DESIGNED SOMETHING!