There are lots of reasons why I love this activity, and why you should try it with your kids!
- It’s easy to set up.
- It’s exciting!
- It gets kids outside.
- It provides a purposeful reading opportunity.
- It can be modified for a range of ages.
If your child is at the beginning-to-read stage (like my 5yr old), keep your clues really simple. I used the same short sentence on each clue. “Go to the _____________.” Go, to and the are all high frequency words, and this is an excellent way to use them in context.
If your child is a more competent reader, increase the length and complexity of the clues. A game like this really encourages your child’s reading as there is an inbuilt incentive! They have to be able to read the clue, in order to find the next clue, which of course – needs reading too…
If you have older children, you might like to get cryptic (especially if you’re a bit of a fan of puzzles and crosswords yourself). Older kids may even like to get writing and set up their own treasure hunt!
At the end of every treasure hunt of course, there has to be treasure. The “treasure” doesn’t need to be fancy. Sometimes our treasure is morning tea wrapped in a box. Sometimes it’s bubble mix for blowing bubbles, or a batch of playdough. This time the treasure for Miss 5 was a little wooden table and two chairs for the fairy garden. The set might have only been a couple of dollars from the cheap shop, but the tiny furniture is treasured indeed.
Have you ever set up a treasure hunt for your kids?