Fiddlebug, Bart and Craig really want to play pirates! They decided it would be the most fun if one of them was a pirate captain who hid his treasure and then lost his map. The other two would be pirates from another ship who had found the map and needed to follow it to find the treasure chest. After a game of “Rock, Paper, Scissors”, Bart was picked to draw the map and hide the treasure. He made sure the directions led his friends the long way to the treasure chest too!
If you’re in a pirate kind of mood, you can have your own treasure hunt too! Here’s what you need to do:
What you need:
A treasure to hide
What you do:
1) Draw a map of the room or area that you are hiding your treasure in. Make sure to draw in anything that is inside the area like furniture and doors if you’re inside or trees and buildings if you are outside. (Note to big people: This is a great way to practice names for things either with writing or speech. Older younglings can practice spelling to. It’s also a nice way to practice colors for younger munchkins.)
2) Go hide your treasure somewhere in the area that you've drawn on your map.
3) Draw a dashed line from where you want your seekers to begin the treasure hunt. Make sure NOT to go straight there. Go around, under or over things. You can even put instructions to hop in place or do somersaults sometimes. Keep it interesting!
4) Send your treasure hunters out to follow your map – Just make sure you don’t give them any hints while they are looking!
All three friends told me that a great way to make sure the fun keeps going is to have each person make a map at the same time, and then take turns hiding the treasure and looking for it. That way you don’t have to take a break after each map is done to draw a new one!
Being a homeschooling parent for 13 years and an independent author/illustrator makes a person learn quite a bit about a lot of things. Now it's time to pass it on!