Real Life Treasure Hunts

Making a real-life hunts for different areas/topics

  1. Set or negotiate the topic for the hunt. To create a particular hunt use a prompt such as an image, question or object to spark curiosity. (Examples of questions and image prompts are on the slide show below)).
  2. Help your child(ren) select the tools or resources they might use to record/collect ideas on the hunt.
  3. Show them or set the boundaries of the hunt (only in living rooms, only outside, etc) this helps eliminate any dangerous or unsafe places, even your workspace.
  4. You can set a time limit if you want.
  5. The older the child, the greater the choice and freedom they have in completing the hunt.
  6. Once the hunt is over, have your child(ren) them find a way to share, record or document what they find, so they can share their discoveries with others.
Signs & Symbols

How do I share ideas?
Letters, signs and symbols


Why do we need numbers?
Make it count


How do I have fun?
The need for play

Lines & Shapes

What can it make?
Lines and shapes

Exploring Attributes

Is it the same or different?
Exploring Attributes

States of matter

What is it like?
States of matter

Down Time

How do I survive?
Home schooling reality


How does it move?
Forces and movement

Living & non-living

Is it alive?
Living and non-living things

Resources & Products

This is a science -based hunt. Focus is on ‘Where did it come from?’ This hunt is aimed more at the 5 -7+ year olds. Start by having a collection of objects, foods, toys, clothes, etc. Ask your child(ren) what they think these things are made out of? From the ideas that they share begin to focus the broad ideas into 3 categories

o Plant based resources
o Animal based resources
o From the earth/ground resources (Fossil fuels, rocks, minerals, soil, sand)

Talk about these things and let your child(ren) ty and find out, predict where these things come from.

Where did it come from?
Products and resources

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 Flip books that could spark ideas for treasure hunts



Finding numbers in the world around you and thinking about how people use numbers in different situations.


Using your sense to explore the world around you, while looking for specific attributes and properties. The sense of taste has been left out of this book, as it can be a complicated sense to explore in terms of safety.


Using the game hide and seek, aims to encourage young readers to look for shapes and lines hiding inside everyday objects, print around them and the world around them. It introduces key vocabulary about line and shape.


A book that is a simple introduction to the properties of matter, solids, liquids, gas.  It invokes a guessing game and use of sense to decide if something might be a solid, a liquid or a gas.