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This Treasure hunt for kids are so much fun!  As summertime is approaching, many of us are looking for some fun activities to do with our little ones. There are countless ideas out there and it can be a little overwhelming. Sometimes the activities can even be a little much as they involve so many supplies that you do not own, etc…
treasure hunt

Today, I want to share with you a very simple summer activity to do with your kids.  It is all about finding treasures- what child does not enjoy treasure hunting?

Here is how you can do it:

1) Head outside to your backyard.
If you want to mix this up you could even head to a local park.

2) Hand your child a bucket or bag to collect their treasures in.
You can grab a beach bucket for 99 cents.  You could even try this scooter hack.

3) Explain the goal is to find 5-10 treasures.
These treasures must be unique and special to your child.   You just tell them to bring something back that they LOVE (I’m pretty sure that our 7 year old would bring back 10 rocks… all unique and all “very cool”

4) Send them off hunting!
Keep them within your site, but tell them to be the very best hunters that they can be.  You can make it even more fun by giving them a magnifying glass and even tweezers or gloves to pick up their treasures!

5) Once they find them all, sit down and have your child explain why they choose that particular item.
Depending on the age of the child, this could be a long or short explanation.  If you want to add a little lesson into the mix, you could have them write 2-3 sentences about it.  I would even take it one step further as to having them create an art project out of it.  Example:  A leaf man (the leaf is the body that you have glued down & you draw the head, arms and legs on the paper)

6) Have fun!
Sometimes I will join in on the hunting and other times I sit back and let them hunt. You could narrow the treasure hunting to finding things of specific colors, shape, texture, etc… depending on the ages of your children or on what lesson you are trying to teach them.

** Bonus – you could buy a treasure box, hide it and let your kids DISCOVER IT…  ahhh… the surprise on their faces and excitement to show you will be priceless!   (I would use it again at a Pirate party or something!) 

This is such a simple activity that can encourage you and your kids to have fun together this summer!

Ps- this book might be just what you need:

It is full of practical tips to help you thrive this summer with your kids and has a bonus chapter full of outdoor activities, rainy day fun, and tips for quiet time activities. Go HERE to read more. or check out Keri’s blog at living in this where she strives to embrace & thrive in her current season of life (& she encourages you to do the same)! 


Hi there!

I’m Becky, a former elementary school teacher turned certified child development therapist and blogger. I work at home with my husband and together we are raising (and partially homeschooling) our four children in the Carolinas. I love diet coke, ice cream, and spending time with my family.

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