How to Make a Treasure Map for Children
One of the most fun ways to entertain the younger members of the family is to have them go on a treasure hunt. And any worthy quest for treasure should have a treasure map. Here at OneHowTo we'll give you some tips on how to make a treasure map for children that will be fun, easy to understand and has that old look we expect from a treasure map.
Before you begin, you must decide what you want to achieve with the treasure hunt and how long you want the activity to last. The treasure map can function as a great educational activity.
Once you are settled on what is being looked for, focus on creating a treasure map that works. You can decide on a theme, make up a story and even create characters!
Consider the age of the children involved before making the map: Remember that younger children need simpler explanations that could be boring for older kids.
Have clear instructions in your treasure map for children by using statements, words and simple graphics that will help them avoid having problems in understanding what you are saying.
Signal the way forward with a line that is clear enough, and mark the precise point where the treasure is hidden with a sign that they will understand. You can't go wrong with the classic X, or you can draw a treasure chest.
Use a paper or support that is sturdy. Children will be excited about the treasure hunt, so they will not be cautious when handling the map. We need our treasure map to make it to the end of the game.
Give it an aged touch to make it look real by crumpling it into a paper ball before handing it to the children. You can also give an antique look by wetting it with coffee or tea and then drying it with the hair dryer. Keep the dryer at about 20 centimeters (8 inches) from the paper so you do not damage it.
To make the children's treasure map even more realistic you can burn the corners of the paper with a candle or lighter - it will look like very old parchment.
Also, to make it look even more like those seen in pirate adventure films, you can roll it up and tie it with a ribbon or fold it and seal it with wax. Just burn a colored candle - red, purple or green are the best options - and let a little of the melted wax fall onto paper.
Keep the treasure map between the pages of an old book or a small chest so that when the kids find it their game starts with them already role playing.
This is how to make a treasure map for children - now the quest for treasure can begin!
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