10 Office Scavenger Hunt Riddles

If you’re looking for a fun team building activity to use at your job, use these 10 office scavenger hunt riddles that are specially tailored for the workplace.

This scavenger hunt idea also includes a free printable list of the riddles that you can print off as many times as you need – keep reading for more details.

We’ve also now published another set of 10 riddles for your office – perfect for using for a second scavenger hunt in the future, or they could be combined with the set below for a total of 20 riddles used at once.

Here’s how to organize this game:

10 Office Scavenger Hunt Riddles


Nothing (other than the riddles below)


Split your colleagues into teams. If you’re a small office this activity can be done individually, but this removes the team building element of it.

Ideally, you should start this from a central location away from all of their desks. If your workplace has several floors, the best option is to start on a completely different level to the one you’re normally based on.

How To Play

Give each team the first riddle on the list. Once they work out the answer, they have to go and find the item and bring it back to the person giving out the clues.

If they return with the correct item, they should be given the next riddle.


These additional rules don’t have to be included, but can be a good idea if you want to make the scavenger hunt a little harder:

  • Players aren’t allowed to get the items from a stationery cupboard – lock the cupboard if possible or have a colleague guard it to prevent cheating!
  • Every person on the team has to go and collect an item at least once (or twice if the teams are small enough) – this means the team with the fastest runner doesn’t automatically win


Here are the 10 free office scavenger hunt riddles. There’s a link to download a free printable list of these riddles beneath them.

1 – Pencil

It’s sometimes sharp
And good at being lead
Using this will help
Things to be read

2 – Calculator

It may have pi
But eaten it can’t be
Use its root before nine
And you’ll get three

3 – Staple

It goes before “food”
For things we routinely eat
In an office it has two bent legs
But never any feet

4 – Highlighter

This type of pen sounds like
What you may put in your hair
If you need to mark things
This is what you’d use there

5 – Post-it Notes

Rectangular or square
It’s good for sticking
Somewhere on your desk
So you don’t forget that thing

6 – Pen

Its contents are wet
They sound like they come from a squid
When putting one in your pocket
Make sure you attach its lid

7 – Calendar

This item has a lot of dates
But a fruit it is not
Your plans for the year
Is what it has got

8 – Scissors

This item has handles
But it isn’t a car
It has pointy ends
But it isn’t a star

9 – Paper Clip

It isn’t a coat hanger
But is made of wire that’s bent
For attaching emergencies
This item’s heaven sent

10 – Eraser

If you make a mistake
This will wipe it away
But not with pens
Used that way ink will stay

Printable Office Scavenger Hunt Riddles

As we mentioned above, we’ve also published another 10 office riddles similar to these ones, so be sure to check those out if you liked these ideas.