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Staycation Treasure Hunt - Affordable Family Fun!

Staycation Treasure Hunt – Affordable Family Fun!

Staycation Treasure Hunt – Affordable Family Fun!

It’s summer!  I think… If you’ve watched the news at all lately you might have heard about the incredible amount of rain we have had here in Saskatchewan. So these days when we see the sun we get ourselves outside ASAP!

We don’t do big getaways in the summer.  When we do taker long trips they are in the winter – to warm destinations.  In the summer we stick a little closer to home and enjoy some of the awesomeness this province (and our neighbouring ones) have to offer. We head to the lake or the park or even just our own backyard and have a blast. We can always find something fun to do.  And when you have a four year old – a four year old with anxiety – sometimes the best plans are no plans at all.

One of my favorite memories as a child at home – on the farm – was when my mom put together treasure hunts for my brother and I. We had so much fun heading out with our lists and checking off everything on them.  When we were very young she made them easy and they would progressively get a little more challenging every year.  Of course with my brother and I it often turned into a competition but it was always a friendly one.

I decided it was finally time to introduce my daughter to the fun of doing a treasure hunt. Of course my Peter Pan loving princess thought a treasure hunt was a brilliant idea!

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Here are a few tips to organizing a fun treasure hunt!

For the preschool and under age kids use images for clues. I just used google images and found simple, clear pictures for each of the items on the list. Use pictures that are easy for the little ones to recognize.
Don’t make the items on the list too hard! The last thing you want is to have the kids search high and low for things.  Match the difficulty level to the age of the child.

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Don’t make the list too long.  We did eight items in our treasure hunt.  I could have done a couple more and she still would have had fun but more than a dozen would have just started to get tedious for her.
Make sure to give them a basket or shopping bag or whatever you have around that makes it easy for them to collect their treasures.

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Make the last clue something that they would likely only find in one spot – then leave a treasure for them to find! I used a yellow begonia as our last clue because we have one yellow begonia in the backyard and it was the perfect place to hide the treasure.

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I bought an adorable little treasure box from the dollar store for our treasure.

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The excitement when she found the little treasure box was awesome!  It didn’t matter one bit that I spent $1.25 on that box.  It was a REAL treasure chest.  And of course it was filled with real treasure too! It just doesn’t get any more special than a treasure chest filled with Kinder Eggs!

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This was the perfect way to get outside and enjoy the sunshine that we have been waiting so long for this summer.  We didn’t have to go any further than our own block to gather all of the items on our list, it cost almost nothing to do and it was a fun little adventure!  You can bet we will be doing more of these this summer.  We will be spending some time camping and this is a perfect activity for the campground too!

Have you ever had a treasure hunt with your little one(s)?  What tips or ideas do you have for a great treasure hunt?


Disclosure: I’m part of theKinder® Mom program and I receive special perks as part of my affiliation with this group.  The opinions on this blog are my own

This article has 2 comments

  1. ashleymullen498093242
    Friday 4 July 2014, 8:57 am

    Awesome idea! Looks like fun!
    My recent post Summer Plans in Motion – #KINDERMom

  2. Journeysof TheZoo
    Friday 4 July 2014, 10:12 am

    We're heading to our family farm tomorrow and a scavenger hunt would be perfect for The Kids. So much to learn about the world around them. My kids love Kinder eggs! Such a great treat.

    Besos, Sarah
    My recent post Summer Fun for the Whole Family @MastermindToys and Grand Opening in #Ottawa #Giveaway, CAN, 7/25

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