QR code treasure hunt.

Age: 9+yrs

Ease ***


This is a great activity for introducing new pupils to the school. Older pupils create an exciting treasure hunt for younger pupils using QR codes that contain clues.


Discuss “What is an app?” This is an opportunity for pupils and teachers to discuss the function and purpose of apps and how they can be helpful.
Investigate the QR code. Let the children search for QR codes in flyers or magazines and show them how you can read the code.
Investigate the QR app. Create an example on the interactive whiteboard or in small groups using PC or tablet.
Explain to the pupils that before they create the codes, they must plan and test their treasure hunt. They should also be reminded that the clues should be simple if they are for younger children. As part of the learning process, discuss with pupils why it will be more effective to choose prominent landmarks around the school grounds to locate the clues.
When they have written and tested their treasure hunt, they can create their codes! Different groups can create treasure hunts for groups in classes lower down the school. Also, groups in the same class can try each other’s treasure hunts.

What do I need?

Tablet or PC and i Phone or android Phone, QR code generator app and QR code reader app, printer.

app store : QR code reader and QR code designer http://www.apple.com/uk/iphone/from-the-app-store/

internet : www.qurify.com

Added value

This activity raises the complexity of the classic treasure hunt game making it suitable for older children to use in the learning environment.

Hints and tips

This is great for collaborating with colleagues… maybe colleagues less confident in using e-learning in their lessons.
This can be developed to include the area surrounding the school e.g. history tours for visitors etc
They can create a virtual tour in a city they are going to visit


There are no internet/It safety issues, but ensure pupils are accompanied when they leave the class to place their treasure hunt clues.

Other opportunities to use the same software

  • QR Contest – flick through magazines, look on food packaging etc to find QR codes. Scan them and evaluate the information given (not all QR codes provide any extra information or benefit to the consumer!) Rate the Codes!

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