by Melissa Jaramillo and Julie Snyder
Avast 'ye land lubbers! It's time to seek out the buried treasure! Children love to play pirates. You can add even more fun by dressing up -- bandannas, scarves, ruffles and dress up capes are perfect! Judge your child's skill level and then choose the version of play below.
Young players (non- and early readers)
Have your children find their way to the "buried treasure" using a series of picture clues. Glue or draw a picture on an index card which leads to the next clue. For example, hand the child a picture of a chair in your kitchen. The child runs there to find taped a card with a picture of the TV in the living room. He races there to find a picture of the dog's bed -- and so on, until he finds the "treasure."
Instead of pictures, substitute riddled clues. Children of this age love trying to figure these out! One example, "I have four legs, sit in the kitchen, but don't bark!" (answer: chair).
This game can be played indoors and out -- even in the snow!
Bury your "treasure" in a cooler -- offering some ice cream treats or if indoors, you may want to hide a candy bar, book, or small toy. This can be adapted for party games as well, giving teams clues to see who can reach the treasure first. One tip -- make sure there is enough for all players to share!
Julie Snyder is a mom of six, interested in kids, pregnancy, birth, people and lives in the outlying Seattle area. Melissa Jaramillo is mom to many. She's passionate about building, encouraging, and strengthening families on this adventure known as parenthood!
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