Treasure Hunt Ideas

Treasure hunts ideas! Fun for children of all ages. Knowing a few simple rules can make a treasure hunt fun and successful.

Treasure hunts are fun for children of all ages. Knowing a few simple rules can make a treasure hunt fun and successful. There are also many different kinds of treasure hunts. Simple clues around a house, poetry clues, automobile rides with clues miles apart, clues in the dark with flashlights, and scripture clues are a few of the different types of treasure hunts. Let's talk about treasure hunts.

A treasure hunt is a game where a group is given a clue about a certain place. They think about the clue and try to find the place. When they find the right place and search, they find another piece of paper with another clue that tells them about another place. This continues for as long as you like. The end clue takes the group to a treasure.

The most important rule to remember in planning a treasure hunt is to have rules. A group of children without direction is certain to be a disaster. Children need to know what the rules of the hunt are and how to follow them. There are a few decisions that need to be made before the treasure hunt begins.

1. Who will read the clues? This can be accomplished in different ways. One person can be designated the team leader and read every clue. When a clue is found, it is then handed to the team leader who waits for everyone to gather round before the clue is read. This idea works well with small children who do not yet read well. Another idea is to have each clue marked with a name. Whoever finds the clue gives it to the person whose name is on the clue. That person waits until everyone has gathered round and reads the clue. Whoever finds the clue can read the clue. This type of clue reading is very competitive and probably only a few will ever get a chance to read. Regardless of who reads the clues it always works best to make sure all of the children are gathered round before the clue is read so they each have an equal chance to hear the proceed to the next clue.

2. Once the treasure is found, then what? The best way is to take the treasure back to a designated spot, wait until everyone has gathered round and then open the treasure. Make sure that there are enough treasures for every person to get one. If the treasure is candy, make sure there are equal amounts for each child. Small bags for each child are a good idea. It is fun for the children to go on a hunt and end up where they started. Buried treasure is always fun. Any location out of sight works as a hiding place for the treasure.

3. What ages are the children? Make sure that the treasure hunt is not too hard or too easy. Try to plan the clues and hiding places with the abilities of the children in mind. Children can lose interest easily. If there are different ages of children, pairing them off is a good idea. A younger child with an older child works well or have clues color coded such as red clues are read by older children, yellow clues are read by younger children. Younger children like hunts where they don't have to go very far such as clues around the inside or outside of the house. Older children love adventure treasure hunts such as clues around a town or treasure hunts in the dark with flashlights.

4. What are the physical rules? Do they walk or are they allowed to run? Does the first person to see the clue get it or can they all try until they actually have it in hand?

Making these few decisions before you begin the treasure hunt will make the difference in its' success. Actually going to the various places and hiding the clues is best accomplished with at least two people. If you are the sole person preparing the treasure hunt, make sure your memory is sharp. Sometimes a clue cannot be found. It is a good idea to make an extra copy of the clues and directions for such a problem.

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