# Ideas for a Kids' Treasure Hunt

Written by carrie perles
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Treasure hunting games are exciting and suspenseful activities for kids. To search for a hidden prize, children must employ quick-thinking, logic and their imaginations. In treasure hunt activities, the reward can be anything; a box of candy, a bag of dollar store goodies or actual money will be equally cherished so long as the focus remains on the accomplishment rather than the bounty itself.

## Treasure Map

Draw a treasure map of the area directly surrounding the treasure's hidden location, keeping the map as vague as possible—with only shapes and no labels. For example, if the treasure is in a bedroom closet, include only two rectangles to symbolise a bed and a desk, a little circle for the nightstand and a small rectangle to represent the closet. Next, make a list of steps that will lead the kids to the general location, such as "Start at the front door. Walk three steps forward and then make a ninety-degree right turn."

## Clue-by-Clue

Make a list of clues leading to different places in the house. Give the kids the first clue, and hide all of the others so that each clue leads to a subsequent one, and the last clue leads to the treasure. For example, your first clue could be, "Cluck, cluck, the chicken begs. Can you tell me where to find my—?" This clue would point the children to the egg carton in your refrigerator, where the next clue would be waiting.

If you would like to host a clue-by-clue hunt with teams, assign each team a different colour and create colour-coded envelopes in which to conceal the clues. Use the same set of clues for each team, but start the two teams in different locations and vary the order of their clues, so that they take different routes to get to the same treasure. The teams can only open the envelopes that correspond to their colour.

## String Treasure Hunt

Divide players into four teams and assign them each a colour. Take four spools of yarn that correspond to the teams' colours and unwind them all over the house, both inside and outside. Wrap the yarn around furniture, bring it up and down the stairs, loop it around a tree—anything to make it a challenge. Treasure hunt teams must wind up their yarns to find the treasure at the end of the roll.

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