Prepare a Children’s Treasure Hunt
Treasure hunting is a game that children of all ages love. It is a very complete game because they have to pass a series of tests, think about the clues they are given to find the treasure and also play with more children.
You can make this game shorter or longer depending on the tests and clues you do. If you make it right, they could be playing all afternoon.
Where to Play Treasure Hunt
To prepare a treasure hunt for children you have several options of places, but first you will have to take into account the ages of the children:
- young children (4 to 8 years old): it would be best if you prepared this game inside the house or in the garden of your house or of a known house. The important thing is that the children are in a controlled space and not too big so that they can be seen at all times.
- older children (9 years and up): you can also do it at home or in the garden, but it would be better to have a slightly bigger place, although this doesn’t mean you don’t have to control them. For older children it would be nice to do it in a school or park where you can have them in sight.
What guidelines to follow for treasure hunting
Don’t let them look for the treasure for no reason. Try to invent a thread, a story in which they have to pass a series of tests to find the treasure (final test). You can also use clues that will lead them to the different tests.
Each time they pass a test you can give them a clue to find the place of the next test and so on until they reach the final test where the treasure will be found. Here are some ideas for a common thread:
- In search of pirate treasure!
- The King’s treasure!
- The treasure of the elves of the forest!
- The treasure of fairies!
Once you have decided on the common thread, it is important that you explain it to the children. Explain the story, everything that has happened so that the treasure is hidden and that they are the ones who have to find it. You could even disguise yourself to get more into the theme of the game.
What are the clues to a treasure hunt like?
You can use different types of clues to find the different evidence of the treasure hunt. Here are some examples:
FOR SMALL CHILDREN:
- a picture or drawing of the place where they have to look for the next clue.
- a simple puzzle that, when solved, will tell them where to go next.
- a simple riddle.
FOR OLDER CHILDREN:
- a little complicated puzzle.
- a more difficult puzzle or puzzle.
- to decipher a message from a code using a symbol for each letter.
- show them an object that is related to where they will have to find the next clue.
Try to start with simpler clues and go increasing the difficulty as the end of the treasure hunt approaches. The last clue would have to be the hardest to guess.
Types of Treasure Hunt Tests
You can use the same tracks as tests to get the next track or you can also do a test before they get the track. Here are some examples of tests:
- balance tests: try to hold a broomstick with your foot for a few seconds.
- search tests: look for a certain number of plugs, balls, letters or whatever comes to mind in a certain time.
- tests of creation: to create with plastilina the form that you tell them in one or two minutes of time.
- couple tests: place a balloon between two children (they can hold it with their bellies). They’ll have to run to where they’re told to without dropping the balloon or pete.
- music tests: put the beginning of a song so that they can guess what its title is or continue singing it.
These are just a few examples, but you can make up the evidence you want. I recommend you pass all the tests to the kids. The grace of this game is to guess the clues that will lead you to the next clues and finally to the treasure.
How to Prepare the Treasure
When you get to the final track, you’ll have to look for the treasure. The treasure would have to look like it so put it inside a chest or box to make it look real. You can fill it with sweets, candies, chocolates,… He tries to give gifts to all: to those who have been able to find the treasure and to those who have stayed at the doors.
Another option would be to play with all the children as if they were one team. So the prize would be to share among all although there would be no competitiveness in the game. If the children are very young it would be better to do it this way since many times they do not know how to lose.
The point is to have a fun time and enjoy the game!