Unique Geocaching Containers – More Creativity and Fun

I love caching and I love finding new and innovative geocaching containers.  Here are some new and interesting caches I have fun across as well as the older list of interesting ideas!

Water bottle – I found this clear plastic bottle in a pine tree in Northern Saskatchewan.  It is easy to put something small in a pine tree, but why not try something larger, the branches are easy to hide things in!
Plaster Mold – This cache in Edinburgh is a simple water bottle, but with a plaster mold around it to make it look like a rock.  It looks just like a rock, but when you pick it up it is very light.  The water bottle provides a waterproof container for putting cache goodies and the log in!  Very clever!
The old favourite – the Micro Cache – Small metal tubes are great for log book only caches and they can go in all sorts of interesting places.  They are often black or green, but I found a red set that was great to hide in cedar fences, or red bushes.  This one I have tucked up between two fence boards!
The smallest of them all – the Nano Cache – a tiny magnetic cache about the size of your thumb fingernail.  It has a small rolled up log inside.  They are very hard to find when you don’t know you are looking for a nano and come in all sorts of colours to blend in.
Camo Tape – I love camo tape – it hides just about anything in a bush. My students have threatened to hide my camo tape!
Magnetic Anything – I like the hide a keys, or magnets attached to a micro. Magnetic caches are great in the school yard for hiding caches on playground equipment.
Caching Critters – These caches are now around Lethbridge and I can’t wait to use the idea with my kids. They could even be tied to curriculum – have Arctic animals for my arctic unit. Thanks to Geokid for this great idea.
Nut and Bolt – very clever caches. The inside is hollowed out leaving space for a small log or clue. Picture from www.crazycaches.com
The Log – looks like a log, smells like a log, is a log, with a secret! Thanks to yantski for this great idea.
The Rock – I love my fake rock cache. My students have actually picked it up to throw it when they have been frustrated only to find the truth… My fake rock is locked in the school where all the floors are being replaced, so this fake rock is courtesy of gidget_to.
Outlet Switch Cover/In a hole (Any clever disguise)- Another very clever idea I’ve adapted to the school yard. A little spray paint to match playground equipment and you have a very hard to find cache. Thanks to Pinky and Mr. Clean for the outlet cover idea and harley hunters for the unique rebar cache.
Bark – a waterproof match container, or a film cannister, a glue gun, and some bark. Although it was my crafty ways that made this cache, I got the idea from Darkmoon Evil I started with an orange waterproof match container, spray painted it green, then hot glued bark on. The lid even still opens.
Sprinkler Head/Drain – Darkmoon Evil has a great drain cache in his photo set, but this sprinkler cache is by goodkid. I’m raiding my dad’s garage this summer to find something similar to make for my kids for next year!
Balls – Hollowed out golf balls, tennis balls, and even the old playground balls that don’t hold air anymore. Kids never think to look at something that is usually just laying around. Beware of these caches being muggled by puppy dogs. The tennis ball was easy to make, I’m still pondering on how to turn a golf ball into a cache, but I think it may take a dremmel, half a film canister, and several golf balls to experiment with.

19 thoughts on “Unique Geocaching Containers – More Creativity and Fun

  1. Hi Mrs. Dyengerg,

    I am Jessica Hadaway and I am assigned to your blog for the next two weeks. I am a student at University of South Alabama in Dr. Srange’s EDM 310 class. I really like your blog and I am so interested in your geocaching. I had never even heard of this idea until I read your blog. I plan on trying this out on my own kids at home to see how they respond. I am looking forward to following your blog and tweets.

  2. Hi there again!

    I really enjoyed this post. I have never heard of geocaching, and I think it is so creative and looks really fun! I would like to know exactly how this could be incorporated for a math classroom? I am studying to become a math teacher and I think this is a very neat idea! I would have loved to do this in my classes when I was in school! Your students must love you and your great ideas!

    1. The use of GPS and geocaching has really been my “thing” over the last two years of teaching and I’ve written about it extensively.

      An overview video of my class (and they are doing math caches!) – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1rVF17sYrog

      GPS and Geocaching – getting started – An overview of how to set up geocaching for students: http://www.trailsoptional.com/2009/11/geocaching-101/

      So what containers can you use? Unique Containers – http://www.trailsoptional.com/2010/09/unique-geocaching-containers/

      Candy and movies on a holiday – no way! – get outside and be active – it’s more fun! http://www.trailsoptional.com/2010/04/eggsercizes/

      What do you put in the caches – anything (math problems, science experiments, bits of a story, vocabulary to learn together, geographic locations to map, puzzles to get the next co-ordinates, puzzles pieces to collect all and solve together, matches to find) http://www.trailsoptional.com/2009/06/geocaching/

      The next level – Travel bugs, tracks, geotagging, QR codes, podcaching – http://www.trailsoptional.com/2009/08/gps-in-the-classroom/

      A geocaching field trip using caches from the geocaching.com network – http://www.trailsoptional.com/2009/06/a-geocaching-field-trip/

      Hopefully that’s helpful!

    1. ohh..cool! I’ve seen a neat rock cache where someone drilled right into a rock and but a bison tube in. They must have a good masonry drill bit!

  3. Please read the rules and regulations set forth by GroundSpeak [www.Geocaching.com] before leading people to believe that hiding caches on school property or playgrounds is acceptable.

    1. If you read my posts it is quite clear that I am placing caches as temporary school yard activities and that they are not posted on the geocaching.com Groundspeak network, but rather as learning objects for virtual treasure hunts. The concept remains the same and we are having a great time learning all about distance, latitude, longitude, and whatever curricular content are put in our caches. We work on design projects to make containers, discuss difficulty and terrain ratings, and we do place actual caches on the network. When we do this we even measure out to make sure it is an appropriate distance from our school or other guidelines, it is a great learning opportunity for students to make sure they follow the guidelines. We use travel bugs to learn about other places and we are incorporating an active, exciting way of learning in teams. Our projects also encourage families to try out geocaching as an active family activity. These are all fun and positive things. I would appreciate you leaving a name and proper email address, instead of leaving uninformed comments anonymously, and a URL of a page or post that leads you to believe that I would intentionally lead my pupils astray.

  4. Hi… simply loved all these ideas, they showed creativity, originality and they are home made… some of my hidden containers, have disapeareed or been destroyed… looking for something that lasts longer …

  5. Love the container ideas, especially the bark one. I’ve been considering making a ‘bark’ container but wasn’t sure how to go about it. Thanks for the ideas. What ages do you teach? My 9 year old loves our geocaching adventures.

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