Everything’s turning black and white! A mysterious meteor has drained all the color from the earth. The only color left is locked in an underground vault. Can your team escape from the vault and release color back into the world before it’s too late? Humanity is counting on you to solve the Color Crisis!
What is a DIY escape room?
An escape room, or breakout room, is a unique challenge where players are “locked” in a room and have to find clues and crack codes to escape. Most commercial escape rooms aren’t for kids, but this download has printables and instructions to make your own kids DIY escape room at home, and it’s especially for kids!
Will this escape room kit work for me?
This escape room is designed for:
- 3 to 6 children per group (you can run multiple groups simultaneously or take turns)
- Ages 8 to 12
- An hour or less to complete
It would make a great:
- Birthday party
- Activity night
- Family reunion activity
- Youth group activity
- Class or group team-building activity
Everything is pre-planned. You just need to print and gather supplies. The theme is color and there are lots of hands-on activities with things like play dough, paints, balloons, and more! Tons of fun for kids.
It’s a great room if you want a game with a good plot and lots of hands-on activities (and if you don’t mind doing some reading and setup). If you’re looking for something quick that only involves printed clues, it’s not the room for you.
How does it work?
The download has 15 pages you will print, cut, and use as clues in the room. The download also has a list of supplies you will collect, which are:
- Six balloons (red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and purple)
- Small assorted colored objects that are red, yellow, green, and blue (beads, pom poms, anything) and a jar to hold them
- Coloring supplies like crayons, markers, or colored pencils
- Watercolor paints
- A white crayon
- Three bottles of water
- Three small cups
- Three colors of play dough: orange, green, and purple
- Red, yellow, and blue beads
- Pencils or pens
There’s also one website to visit as part of the game, but if you don’t want to use the Internet there are printable files to use instead.
Also included are very clear instructions on everything you need to do to plan, set up, and host your room.
What does it look like?
Here’s a quick video showing some of the setup and game play of the room:
“My family LOVED the color crisis escape room! We have 4 daughters age 6, 9, 12 and 14. They were each able to do something to help solve it. It was the perfect escape from the day to day events happening right now. It was well worth the set up and was so organized so it was easy to follow the step by step instructions.” – Katie F.
“The kids LOVED the color theme! Some of their comments: ‘really interesting’, ‘so much fun,’ and my favorite ‘we saved the world!!'” – Kara E.
“Our escape room escapes were a success! My daughter celebrated her birthday today with 8 friends. We had a team of 5 and a team of 4. Your plans were very detailed and very well written. Thank you for planning it all so well. The kids really enjoyed themselves, they said they had a lot of fun and they said they would do it again. I consider that a win!!” – Jennifer M.
“Your kit is GREAT! The girls loved the hands-on nature of the tasks, instead of just solving riddles/puzzles. Directions were very clear. Paperwork was very organized. Thank you for creating a great product. Well worth the money spent.” – Melissa A.
“We did the escape room today and the kids loved it. They are already asking to do another so I hope you’re planning more!” – Sarah R.
“The kids had a BLAST! Your target age was perfect, most of our kids were around 10-11 but we had a couple teens who wanted to play so we made two teams of three 10-11 year olds, then 2 two-person teams, each with one teenager and one of the youngest kids. Our groups finished around 35-45 minutes, some within SECONDS of each other so it was very exciting. We also gave clues as needed but it costs the teams 5 minutes per clue. We had candy as prizes but we didn’t even need to use it because the kids had SO much fun!” – Ann B.
“I ran the escape room with a group of 12 year old girls and their high school mentors. It went really well! The experiments were the right difficulty level for them and it was a lot of fun to watch the girls feel proud and accomplished when they solved puzzles. I work for a small resource centre and we will run this again with another group of kids in a few months.” – Steph K.
“We did the escape room on Friday night. It was a huge hit. So fun and easy to follow. Thank you!” – Leslie A.
“I set this up for the kids at our family reunion and they loved it! They are still talking about it days later and how they saved the world’s colors. This was the one activity we did this week that the kids really talked and worked together. It was so fun to have a DIY escape room geared towards children. Thanks!!” – Lindsey B.
“My kids had a great time playing this with their cousins. We loved the whimsical theme, and the puzzles were right on for age level (9, 8, 8, 6, 5 yrs). As you noted in the directions, most of my job was reminding the kids to read the clues carefully again, since the stumbling blocks they hit were of their own making. Thanks for a fun afternoon!” – Michelle Nephew, Atlas Games Co-Owner
Also find a detailed review from Andy on his DIY Escape Room Blog
DIY Escape Room Kit
This escape room kit lets you host your own kids DIY escape room at home. All of the planning has been done, you just need to print and prepare! This escape room is especially for kids. There’s a good plot with a color theme and an emphasis on math. It will be a lot of fun for your guests!
- Digital download, which includes:
- 15 pages of high-quality clues
- Thorough, detailed instructions
- Printable invitations
What you will need to do at home:
- Print and cut the materials
- Choose and prepare a room
- Hide clues in the room
- Supply common craft supplies (see above for list)
Purchase your Escape Room Package
Includes a digital download with over 20 pages of clues and detailed instructions, all of the planning and files you need to host your own escape room.
I guarantee 100 percent satisfaction! If you’re unhappy with your purchase, email me within 30 days and I will offer you a full refund.
If you have any questions, comments, or reviews, be sure to respond below!
Also be sure to check out my Printables page for more great games to play!
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Anything else I should know?
The escape room download has a no-commercial-use copyright attached. You are free to download and use for your own noncommercial purposes, but please do not share the digital files, post the digital files, or use any contents of the download to host an escape room you charge money for.