Creating a treasure map for treasure hunting and letting the kids figure out the clues can be a challenging and entertaining way to spend time with children It also stimulates their imagination and sense of mystery.
1. Choose a material for the card. Use white paper. Make some tea and pour into a saucepan. Dip the paper in about 5 minutes, turn it and leave it in it for about 1 minute. Torn and frayed at the edges also works well, but a more realistic one can be made with coarse paper. Burn the edges with a lighter. Never underestimate children’s ability to feel the authentic flavor.
2. Choose a location with clear landmarks and plenty of space. A park with notable rock formations, trees or buildings, streams, and other properties are best.
3. Using modern landmarks, if there is no natural, timeless, but the idea is to make the search as real as possible and create an atmosphere of a real treasure. You’ll need to spend time ”treasure location”, take notes, general measurements and check for potentially dangerous conditions, but if done correctly, it is worthwhile. A park with a map of its “properties” or a guide gives you a huge head start.
4. Ensure that the language for notes on the map, track, and a few small side notes that are appropriate for the pirate arena. Ahoy sailor! may be trite, but it is more appropriate than, hey guys. Use the space instead allows as far as possible, even zig-zag above the terrain can be good for stretching out, the length of the track.
5. Put a character, or get someone else to prepare, with black ink to the usual signature pirate skull and crossed bones, swords, and bounty, or a compass rose and anchors around the edge of the map. If you cannot find a reasonably talented artist, you can find some stickers or stencils as the local department store or hobby shop.
6. Make sure you do not put too many clues on the map to guide the seekers directly to the treasure, since most children will quickly make a shortcut in the expedition, if you do. If you have a reasonably sized group of children, you can split the map as a treasure, and let each team follow their trail and map to find pieces of the ultimate buried treasure, so that cooperation will be needed to complete the quest. Make treasure hunt as challenging as you want. Use a compass and let them count the steps without any landmarks, or turning it into a ”connect the dots from one locality to another,” or combine the two.
7. Remember the exact place you’ve hidden the treasure, just in case your map for the treasure hunt is less than a success. A lot of real pirate treasures stay buried because it wasn’t possible to locate it when the crew returned.