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How to make a treasure hunt for children

 
By Max. D Gray. Updated: January 16, 2017
How to make a treasure hunt for children

A treasure hunt is a game that children of all ages love to play. It's a great game for children because they have to complete a series of challenges , work out the resulting clues to find the treasure and play with other children. The game can be made shorter or longer depending on the challenges and clues provided. If you plan it well, a treasure hunt can keep them entertained for a whole afternoon. In this OneHowTo article we'll explain how to make a treasure hunt for children.

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Where to play a treasure hunt.

When you make a treasure hunt for children, there are a variety of places you could hold it but first you'll need to take into account the ages of the children.

  • For young children (4-8 years): it's best if you hold the game indoors or in your garden, or in another garden that's familiar to the children. The important thing is that the children are in a supervised space that isn't too large, so that you can see them at all times.
  • For older children (9 years or older): you can also hold the treasure hunt at home or in the garden, but it would be better to hold it in a slightly larger area, although this doesn't mean that you shouldn't still supervise them. For even older children it would be fun to play the game on the premises of a school or in a park where you can still keep an eye on them.
How to make a treasure hunt for children - Where to play a treasure hunt.

Guidelines to follow to get them to search for treasure:

Don't have a treasure hunt without a compelling reason. Try to invent a guiding theme, a story in which they have to complete a series of challenges until they find the treasure, which is the final test. You can also use clues that will lead them to the various challenges. Each time they solve a riddle, you can give them a clue for the location of the next puzzle and so on until they reach the final test where the treasure is hidden. Here are some basic themes you could use:

  • Searching for stolen pirate booty!
  • Looking for the King's gold!
  • Finding the forest elves' lost treasure!
  • Tracking down the valuable jewels of the fairies!

Once you have decided on the theme, it's important that you explain it to the children. Tell them the story of the events that caused the treasure to be lost or hidden and that they are the ones who must find it. You could even dress up to get more involved in the spirit of the game.

How to make a treasure hunt for children - Guidelines to follow to get them to search for treasure:

How to make the clues for a treasure hunt.

You can use different types of clues to lead them to the different challenges in the treasure hunt. Here are a few examples:

 

FOR YOUNG CHILDREN:

  • a photo or drawing of the place where they can find the next clue.
  • a jigsaw puzzle or a simple brain teaser that when they solve it will tell them where to go next.
  • a simple riddle.

FOR OLDER CHILDREN:

  • a puzzle that's a little bit tricky.
  • a jigsaw puzzle or a brain teaser that's more difficult.
  • a coded message that they have to decipher using a symbol for each letter.
  • show them an object related to the place where they have to look for the next clue.

Try starting with simple puzzles and gradually increase the level of difficulty as they approach the end of the treasure hunt. The last clue should be the most difficult to solve.

How to make a treasure hunt for children - How to make the clues for a treasure hunt.

Types of challenges for the treasure hunt.

You can use the same clues as challenges to get to the next clue or separately you could make them do a challenge before they get the clue. Here are some examples of possible challenges:

  • Tests of balance: try to balance a broom stick on their toes for a few seconds.
  • Scavenger hunts: find a certain number of bottle-tops, balls, cards or anything else you can think of in a given time.
  • Creative challenges: make a specific object out of Plasticine in one or two minutes.
  • Tests to do in pairs: placing a balloon between two children (they can balance them on their bellies). They have to run a certain distance without letting the balloon fall or pop.
  • Music tests: play the beginning of a song and have them guess what the title is or carry on singing it.

These are just some examples but you can invent any kind of tests you like. We recommend that you also complete the tests yourself with the children. What's fun about this game is guessing the clues that will lead you to the next clues and finally to the treasure.

How to make a treasure hunt for children - Types of challenges for the treasure hunt.

How to make the treasure.

Once they discover the final clue they will have to find where the treasure is. You should put the treasure in a chest or a box to make it look real. You can fill it with different treats, like sweets, chocolates etc. Make sure everyone gets a reward; both those who found the treasure and those who didn't should get a treat.

Another option would be for all the children to play together on one team. This way the prize would be shared among all the children and it wouldn't be a competitive game. If the children are quite young it would be better to do it this way because often they can be poor losers.

The point is to have a fun and enjoy the game!

How to make a treasure hunt for children - How to make the treasure.

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