Indoor Fun – Make Your Own Treasure Hunt

Next time you are cooped up with your kiddos, consider creating a treasure hunt around the house. There are several ways to do this.  Here’s how I did it:

On index cards, I wrote out clues that led my children from one location to the next. For example, in our hunt, the first clue said “Go to the big red star.” This is something we have in our playroom. At the big red star, I placed another clue that says “Go look in the refrigerator.” If your kids are learning to read, you can even incorporate their vocabulary words or introduce new ones. My five-year-old who is reading the clues doesn’t know the word “refrigerator.” So next to that word, I drew a little picture to help her. It worked like a charm.

The kids had a blast doing this and immediately wanted to do it again with a longer course. It doesn’t take long at all to put together and it is fun to watch them play and learn at the same time. Not to mention the price is right (FREE!). You can even have them dress up for the big adventure.

Another way you could do this is with a treasure map. If your kids can’t read, hide things like refrigerator magnets or stuffed animals around the house and have the map lead your adventurers to their rescue.  What’s gonna work…..teeeeeam-work! (Sorry, the Wonder Pets reference couldn’t be helped).

What are some things you do to keep the bad-weather blues away?

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