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HOW TO CREATE A simple GARDEN TREASURE HUNT

Easy Treasure Hunt 

An easy, fun game that can be changed to suit different ages.   

Hide objects all around the garden. Call it ‘treasure’ to add excitement. Treasure can be almost anything you have lots of; lego bricks, toy soldiers etc but anything consumable such as sweets /carrot sticks should be film-wrapped for cleanliness.

Hide these around the garden. Some easy to find, some less easy. 

Write down where you've hidden each ‘treasure’ this way you can give clues if needed, and you can tick them off as they are found.

Ask each child to return to you every time they find treasure, telling you where they found it. Tick it off your list with a note of who found which. 

Children like to be rewarded, but this can be a simple reward such as a gold star, or being awarded points. Be fair and whilst there may be a winner, there are no losers.

To make this more competitive, hide different groups of treasure for each child so that they have to find only their own treasure - For example Yellow Paper Notes and Blue Paper Notes 

If you cut a fun picture into squares, hide the pieces around the garden and it works like a simple jigsaw puzzle as well as a treasure hunt. Choose your picture carefully, something simple and easy from a magazine or newspaper can work.

 

 

Medium Treasure Hunt

This involves a list of clues. The first clue leads you to treasure along with the next clue - this leads to treasure and another clue etc until the treasure hunter reaches the final goal. 

Clues should be age appropriate, they could be written or rhyming or even simple drawings (tree, shed, gnome for example).

To help teach counting try using steps “from the back door - 5 steps forward, 3 steps toward the shed”. To teach reading try writing clues. Anything to give the treasure hunter a rough idea of where to search next.

Clues should lead the hunter all around the garden, remember to use ‘behind’, ‘under’, ‘inside’, ‘on top of’, ‘next to’, and always place treasure in a safe environment.

 

Don't hide the very first clue, they have to start somewhere! 

 

 

1) Write / draw clues - use ‘treasure’ if you want

2) Hide treasure with the clue to the next location

3) Be there to help if needed

4) Final destination could have a reward, or points toward a daily score, or gold star or simply a big hug. 

Treasure hunts can be even better by creating your own theme such as pirates, dinosaurs, princesses, whatever the children are interested in. If you have anything for them to dress up in to add to the theme, that can be exciting - Remember they will be running around the garden in whatever you give them.

  

 

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