How to Make a Treasure Map of the House

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How to Make a Treasure Map of the House
Reading a treasure map is a fun activity for kids. (BananaStock/BananaStock/Getty Images)

Before you hold an in-home scavenger hunt, make a treasure map using your home for inspiration. An indoor treasure hunt makes a good rainy day activity to share with your kids or to entice a romantic partner. Make a simple-to-use pictogram or picture map for young seekers or add interesting map details for older players. Rename the rooms of your home using locations from your favourite story or a fantasyland you make up. Learn how to sketch a treasure map and make it look antique for impromptu scavenging anytime.

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Things you need

  • Bag of tea
  • Water
  • Legal-size paper
  • Butcher paper
  • Baking tray
  • Clean sponge
  • Blow dryer
  • Pencil
  • Permanent marker

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  1. 1

    Brew a bag of tea in 1 cup of water. Allow the bag to steep and let the water cool.

  2. 2

    Tear away the edges of a sheet of legal size paper or a 2-foot square section of butcher paper. Tearing away the edges makes this treasure map seem more genuine.

  3. 3

    Wad up the paper completely, crumpling it as tightly as you can. Unwind the paper and flatten it back out, placing it on a baking tray.

  4. 4

    Dampen a clean sponge under a little warm water. Wring out the water completely. Dip the sponge in the cooled tea. Rub the paper with the tea, staining it. Turn the paper over and repeat the step on the opposite side.

  5. 5

    Allow the tea to stain the paper for five minutes before you blow-dry it on high. Wave the blow dryer over the face of the paper for five minutes until it is completely dry.

  6. 6

    Pencil a map of your house lightly on the paper. Start with the entrance door, and then draw the rooms using as many landmarks in the home as possible. Draw an "X" at the spot where you will hide the treasure box.

  7. 7

    Use a permanent marker to go back and trace the pencil drawing. This will make the drawing stand out more. Hide the treasure box and give the map to your treasure hunters.

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