How to set up a treasure hunt

Whether it’s a birthday party, The Amazing Race, or just for fun, everyone lovesĀ  a treasure hunt. It’s easy to set up a treasure hunt for your kids, and it’s a fun summertime (or anytime) activity.

First, choose something to be the treasure. It doesn’t have to be something elaborate, because the hunt is really the best part. Maybe your kids’ afternoon snack, some stickers, or a bottle of bubbles. Or set up a treasure hunt for your child to find her birthday presents or tooth fairy money. The sky’s the limit!

How to set up a treasure hunt

Take a close up picture of where you have hidden the treasure

Then, decide where you’re going to hide the treasure. If you have a very young child, don’t hide it too well! For older kids, make sure they won’t just see it when searching for other clues. Once your treasure is hidden, write a clue describing the location. This is where you can get creative and tailor the treasure hunt for the age of your child. For a toddler, draw or take a picture of the treasure in its hiding spot. You could even take a very close-up picture of the treasure’s surroundings and challenge your child to figure it out.

My three daughters can read, so I usually write a short riddle that makes them think about where to look. Depending on the age of your child, you can make the riddle more or less obscure.

Once your clue is ready, number it with the last number you are planning to use in the hunt, and go hide the clue. Then write/draw/take a picture of its hiding place. Continue this way until you have finished all your clues and then your treasure hunt is ready!

This would be a fun activity for a child’s pirate themed birthday party with a treasure of chocolate coins. I think I’ll do a treasure hunt at some point this summer, ending in the freezer with some popsicles!

Have your kids ever done a treasure hunt?



This post is inspired by mystery thriller GONE GIRL by Gillian Flynn. They may not have the perfect marriage, but after Amy goes missing, Nick becomes the number one suspect. Can he discover what happened before it’s too late? Join From Left to Write on June 12 as we discuss Gone Girl. As a member, I received a copy of the book for review purposes.

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