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!

Grab the downloadable package OR downloads + pre-printed clues!

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:

“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.

“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.

“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

Color Crisis

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!

What’s included:

  • 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

Downloadable 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.

Buy Now – $25

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!

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.


  1. Hi there! I was wondering if you get the same password every time you use the website. I want to use a programmable combo lock and would like to use the web page color machine. But if they get a different 4 numbers than what I’ve programmed in the lock that won’t work. So I was just wondering if its always 5837, which is what i got from the host cheat sheet. thanks so much

    1. If you didn’t hide anything, but left all the clues out open on the table, and if the children are older, and if you were ready to provide hints, it would probably take closer to 30 minutes.

  2. Is it possible to purchase a separate paper keypad that hangs on the door to exit so that I can have multiple groups going at the same time?

  3. I just used this kit for my daughter’s 7th birthday party and it was a huge hit! We had a lot of kids so we broke them into teams and had them race each other to see who could finish the fastest. It was very easy to replicate each clue/puzzle for each room. Thank you for putting together such an easy to use and fun escape room concept!

  4. My daughter wants to do an escape room for her birthday in December.(just changed her mind from a Nailed It baking party) She wants winter somehow integrated into it. When I came across the color dispersing I had an idea of having winter fries stealing the color and they have to return it to the world. My question for you is; if I purchased this kit (saving me some time) could the questions be altered for a winter fairy to be the bad guy?

  5. Does the escape game have to be in one room? I wanted to do something like this with the kids on thanksgiving, but the area is much more open.

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