Treasure Hunt and Map Activity

Updated: Apr 8, 2019

Spring is just around the corner here in San Diego, the rain has passed and the air is becoming warm again. The birds are chirping, the bees are buzzing, and even our kitty Pomegranate is clawing at the door in hopes to chase down nature as it comes to life.

It is a beautiful time to be outdoors, so I'm starting to focus more on activities that will get my kids out into our backyard. I came up with the idea below and it was a huge hit. This is a creative outdoor (or indoor) activity your kids will get super excited about. Who doesn't love a good treasure hunt?

This is my 4 year old's first treasure map drawing

This activity could be done with one child or a whole classroom full of kids. I recommend it for kids age 4 and up (although my almost 3 year old got equally excited about finding the treasure). It's really simple, here is how I did it:

Step 1: Choose your treasure. My 4 year old's idea of a treasure was a simple drawing she did and put into an envelope. I decided to up the ante and added a chocolate covered peanut butter treat to the envelope on our first round of treasure hunts. Later we added raisins and small Lara bars to envelopes. Your kids won't care so much about what the treasure is, so you can use whatever you want. Seal it in a ziplock baggie, an envelope or even a decorated shoe box treasure chest. The process of finding the treasure is the fun part.