A treasure hunt is a great way to keep kids entertained and reinforce today’s Gospel. Consider creating a treasure hunt at your home; it takes some work to prepare it, but it’s well worth it! Have kids invite their friends. Here are some tips for preparing the treasure hunt:
1. Choose a large, age-appropriate location. Assign buddies to younger kids so they donâ€™t get confused or lost.
2. Choose a format or a theme.
3. Determine how long the treasure hunt will take. A good rule of thumb is that kids' patience will last through about twice as many clues as they are years old. Of course, even older kids may get a little tired after 26 clues. Anywhere between 5-15 is generally a good length, depending on how far apart the clues are from each other.
4. Make a great treasure. The very last clue should lead to some sort of treasure or fun activity, rewarding everyone for finishing. Consider having a prize for the first person or team to find the treasure, which will give some competition and urgency to the hunt.
- Decorate a box with pictures or construction paper, then fill it with goodies such as candy, coins, or toys.
- The treasure doesn't have to be a thing. You can set up a great meal, party area, or a game so that the kids arrive at a fun 'secret grove."
- If the hunt is for smaller children, make sure there are some consolation prizes - everyone should find or go home with something.
5. Search the Internet for creative ideas on how to make clues using codes and treasure maps.
6. Do a final run through of your treasure hunt to ensure that all the pieces fit together properly.