This is a great activity for all ages, my children really enjoyed this the other day. The prize was made of items we already had in. Some chocolate coins from Christmas and a packet of water beads we hadn't yet got round to using.
All you'll need is:
A jar or basket of 'treasure' - this can be anything you want it to be.
A number of clues written on paper.
A short letter from a 'Pirate' explaining what they need to do.
A treasure map - revealing where the treasure is hidden.
Once you have written out your letter and clues, along with drawing your treasure map, hide them all around your home. Start with hiding the treasure, then the map and then hide the clues, working backwards from the last to the first.
Leave the letter somewhere your children will see it, with the first clue.
Here are a list of the clues we used for our Treasure hunt, that may be helpful to you:
Getting the first clue will be a joy. Look for it where you put your toys.
When you look for the next clue you might want to plug your nose. It's hiding in the place you put your dirty clothes.
Are you hungry? It's time to eat, look in the place you keep your treats.
You are finding clues and feeling bold, now go to the place that keeps your food really cold.
Now that you're playing the game. Look in the place where we keep your picture in a frame.
To find this clue you'll have to take a hike and go to the place where you store your bike.
Hickory, Dickory, Dock, the mouse ran up the .......
You have worked hard to get every clue, to find the last one, go to the place where the coffee is brewed.