How to make a 10-minute treasure hunt game for toddlers
There's something whimsical and exciting about a treasure hunt — from toddlers to adults, we all love following clues and collecting hidden treasures!
So what if we told you that you could plan and execute an awesome treasure hunt for your child in 10 minutes, without even leaving your home?
If that sounds interesting, this week's Co-Create activity might just be the perfect weekend game for you and your little one!
Treasure hunt in the dark
This week's Co-Create activity is brought to you by Shweta, a DIY blogger and mom to 2.8-year-old Aanshi. Today, we will be making a treasure hunt in the dark game!
Like any good treasure hunt, this game is not only fun, but will give your little one an instant sense of accomplishment. Playing this also offers several other benefits, such as:
1. Builds vocabulary: Naming the different images you draw is an excellent way to help your child learn new words and get used to everyday objects around them.
2. Hones visual discrimination: Identifying each image correctly and spotting it on the sheet will help with their sense of visual discrimination.
3. Strengthens problem-solving: Playing to complete the treasure hunt quickly will help them strategize and improve their cognitive skills.
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4. Betters fine motor skills: Handling the torch and the pen will hone their finger strength and dexterity.
5. Sharpens focus: The treasure hunt will also easily keep your child engaged and concentrating on the task until they complete it!
Creating the treasure hunt game
This activity is best suited for children between 2.5 to 4 years.
1. Clear plastic bag
2. A black paper and a plain A4 sheet
3. White cardboard
4. Markers and pens
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How to create the activity:
1. Insert the black sheet into the clear plastic bag.
2. Draw different shapes that your little one would enjoy on the bag. Here, we’ve drawn clouds, rainbows, mangoes, caps, and flowers.
3. Draw the same images on the A4 sheet.
4. Draw and cut out a torch, as shown in the image above.
Playing the treasure hunt
The aim of the game is to find all the images on the plastic bag on the A4 sheet as well. You can watch a video of how to play the game here.
Begin by inserting your torch into the plastic bag. Move it around, highlighting the different images. Ask your child to spot the highlighted image on the A4 sheet and to circle it! Once they are used to it, they could operate the torch on their own as well. Sounds easy? Let’s get playing!
We hope you’ve enjoyed this activity. If you would like to share your experience creating and playing this game, tag us at #CoCreatewithshumee.
Shweta is a DIY blogger and mom who shares Montessori-inspired DIY activities for kids. You can follow her @toddlers_play_chronicles on Instagram.