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Type: Projects   Skills: Language & LiteracySocial & Emotional Skills
In this activity, you’ll learn how to create a treasure hunt right in your own living room. Treasure Hunt
What We Learn
Social skills
Cooperation
Language development
Supply List
Small shiny rocks, fake jewels, or colorful buttons
Cardboard shoebox
Construction paper
Glue
Markers
Stickers
How-To
Prepare for the treasure hunt activity by first gathering some items which might make for interesting treasures for the children to find. Your “treasures” might be small shiny rocks, fake jewels or colorful buttons. Just make sure the objects are safe for children to handle.

Next, make a “treasure chest” which the children will use to collect their hidden treasure. You can take a simple shoe box and decorate it to make it look more like a treasure chest. In the days before your treasure chest, you can even involve your children in helping to make and decorate the treasure chest using construction paper, stickers, markers and glue.

Next, take a piece of paper and begin drawing a treasure map. Sketch a bird’s eye view of the room or area in which the treasure hunt will take place. First draw the perimeter of the walls of the room. Then fill in any landmark items in the room, such as couches, chairs, coffee table, end table, floor lamp, etc. You can also have a treasure hunt in your backyard.

After you are done drawing your map of the room or backyard, you may want to make Xerox copies of it, so that you’ll have extra blank versions of the map to use for future treasure hunts.

Next, start hiding the items you’ve chosen in various places around the room. Remember to hide the items in places in which the children can safely find the items.

Remember to bring along your map with you as you are hiding your treasures. Mark an X or draw a symbol on your map to denote each place where treasure is hidden. You can even add hints to your map, such as 10 footsteps this way, or 5 footsteps this way, etc. Just remember to make the map age-appropriate for the group of children.

Invite your group of children to begin the treasure hunt by giving the group the treasure map. As they find each treasure, have them return each item into the “treasure chest” which they made earlier. Remember, there is only one map and one treasure chest because this activity is geared toward having the group of children learn to work together and cooperate. These are skills children need in order to begin making friends with one another.

If you are only caring for one child, then arrange for a play date by inviting children of similar ages from around the neighborhood to participate in your treasure hunt. Remember, a group of children can be as small as two children.
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