Indoor Activities: Treasure Hunt
Turn your junk into hidden treasures!
- Hider: Mom, Dad, Grandma, Mary Poppins (don't you wish you had one of her at home!)
- Treasure hunters: Your kid, a.k.a. "the finder."
- Hiding place: Your family room, your yard, your kid's bedroom.
- Treasure: Buy a bounty's worth of colored jewels from the craft store or else stock up on some foil-covered chocolate coins, some sparkly stickers or even a bag of mini Snickers.
- Treasure chest: A lunchbox, a recycled paper bag, a basket, anything to put the loot in. Feeling ambitious? Let them make an authentic treasure chest with instructions from our Golden Opportunity Do!
- Blindfold: Something to hide their eyes so there's no peeking before they start seeking!
- Hunting garb: Optional, but what kid doesn't love dressing up? Bust out some pirate gear and make it a hunt for pirate's booty or get them dolled up in their best royal regalia and let them track down the family jewels. Whatever theme you pick, play it up. The more into it they are the more likely they are to want to keep hunting!
- Have your child get into dress-up gear (if you have it) and grab a treasure chest.
- Ask him to close his eyes, leave the room or tie a blindfold around his peepers so he can't see where you hide everything.
- Hide the loot. Remember where you hid them all so you can be sure any little ones in the house aren't snacking on Snickers (or gem stones) tomorrow!
- Set the kids loose to find the loot.
- Sit down, grab a cup of tea and read a magazine. The dishes can wait.
- When they come back, occupy them with a snack or a drink so you can hide some more loot.
- Send them off again ... so you can finish your magazine (or at least the article about Suri, Britney and the Beckhams).
- This is a good indoor activity for siblings. Get all the kids out of your hair at once! It's also an awesome birthday party activity for the little ones. Bring it out into the yard for a summer fête.