Kids love treasure hunts and why wouldn’t they? There’s a thrill in finding even the most mundane things around the house and of course there’ll be a real treasure at the end. There’s also fun for you in planning it. It might take a little work but just enjoy letting your imagination go and see what fun clues you come up with. It’s fun at any time of the year so why wait?
The first thing you’ll need to decide is if the treasure hunt have a theme.
Now that’s decided the next thing to do is to start at the end! Think about what great place you are going to hide the treasure and then start making your clues from there. You can make as many clues as you like and in any way you like. They could be a little artistic with image puzzles, poetic with a little rhyme or whatever you fancy?
Of course you could have a treasure hunt in the backyard or in the park, but having it at home allows the kids to enjoy the hunt while you relax.
- If your children are too young to read, you can use pictures to show what they are supposed to find or use chalk to point them in the right direction.
- These types of activities not only keep kids busy in the short term, they also teach the resourcefulness they need to play independently.
- If the kids get very stuck, you can use "getting warmer" and "getting colder" cues to point them in the right direction.
- Try to use diverse areas of the house and even the yard, to get them running around from clue to clue. The more spread out, the more fun the hunt will be.
- If for whatever reason your creative juices aren’t flowing you could always take a few clues from the internet. A quick Google search will provide some for you.
We hope you and your family enjoy the treasure hunt and if you come up with some great clues please share them with us.