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Treasure Hunts for Anyone!

Happy friendsChildren love treasure hunts, and scavenger hunts, and treasure maps, and clues, and…the trick is to devise something that they’ll love without too much prep. This one works whether you’re in a park or camping or at the beach or at many other summer stops.

Here’s what you do: For each team (and teams can be groups of one or more) make a list of objects to find in nature. Set a time limit and send them off to find things such as

  • The roundest stone
  • The biggest leaf
  • The perfect stick for a slingshot
  • The longest blade of grass
  • The blackest rock
  • The straightest twig

Set a few rules, such as not picking neighbors’ flowers, and you’re set. As for judging, ties are great for the subjective categories. Have fun!

 Jane Kise, Ed.D. – Educational Advisor and Consultant, 
Jane  writes an insightful post every Tuesday for Kidtelligent. Jane is an educational consultant, specializing in teambuilding, coaching, and school staff development. She is also the coauthor of more than 20 books. Jane’s website  is