How to make a treasure map for kids

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How to make a treasure map for kids
A homemade treasure map spices up a pirate party or a boring afternoon. (treasure island image by ab from

It's a simple process to make a treasure map for your child's pirate-themed party or just for a fun activity. Make up the landmarks for the map or draw your house, yard or neighbourhood. If you choose to make a treasure map out of your house or yard, send the kids on an actual treasure hunt. Hide a treasure box or bags full of candy or toys for the kids to find at the end of the hunt.

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Things you need

  • White paper
  • Tea bag
  • Cooking oil

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  1. 1

    Draw the map on a piece of white paper. Include directions and label landmarks.

  2. 2

    Tear the edges of the paper. In some areas, tear out pieces of paper completely, but make sure they do not have anything important on them.

  3. 3

    Soak a tea bag and rub it against the paper, front and back. Keep rubbing the paper until it turns brown and is completely wet.

  4. 4

    Wad up the paper into a tight ball and let it dry for several hours.

  5. 5

    Unfold the map carefully, making sure to not tear it. Rub cooking oil over both sides of the map, then blot the paper with paper towels

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