How to Create Your Own Treasure Hunt

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Welcome to the Poppins Book Nook! Be sure to read more great posts linked up below. The theme for this month is “Ye Old Pirates!”

My kids’ all-time favorite pirate book is Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson. When they were younger they read an abridged version of the story and also saw a live play at a local theater company. In the years since this classic tale has often been included on their summer reading lists.

One year we even read Treasure Island with our book club. When we met to discuss the book we planned a pirate themed scavenger hunt for the kids in the backyard. The hunt was a lot of fun, but it also gave the kids a little practice with following directions (always a good skill to practice!).

Create Your Own Treasure Hunt

Planning a treasure Hunt for your family is a fun activity for all ages.

To goal of this type of treasure hunt is to use a set of clues to discover a treasure. Depending on the ages and interests of your children you may want to create a hunt using written clues or photo clues. The treasure/prize can be big or small, but don’t worry; it doesn’t have to be pirates gold!

Supplies needed:

  • Someone to create the clues (this can be just as much fun as hunting for the treasure).
  • Paper/pencil or computer/printer to document the clues
  • Treasure hunters
  • Optional – a treasure/prize

1. Decide on a theme for your hunt. A pirate themed hunt would be very appropriate when reading Treasure Island (*feel free to change the theme and use this hunt idea with other books or activities as well).

2. Select a location for your hunt – you can create a hunt indoors or outdoors. Just be sure to give your treasure hunters a general guideline of the parameters so they don’t get too far off course (for example – through the entire back yard, in just the kitchen and living room, etc.).

3. Decide if there is going to be a treasure/prize. For a Pirate’s Treasure Hunt the prize could be chocolate coins (or real coins!), items for a pirate costume such as an eye patch or sword, etc.

If you are going to include a prize determine where you are going to hide the prize.  This is the place where the hunt will end.

Be sure to keep your curious pirates clear of the area where the treasure is hidden so they don’t see it ahead of time.

4. Determine how many clues you are going to provide and write them on the page provided.

Try to include at least 4-6 clues.

Each clue is designed to help the treasure hunter move to the next clue, with the last clue disclosing the location of the treasure/prize.

Get creative! If this is a pirate themed hunt include some pirate type words or phrases in the clues, maybe even include some rhyming words to make it even more fun.

Keep the clues simple and easy to follow, just one or two sentences is enough. For younger, pre-reading hunters you may want to include drawings or photos in the clues.

5. Place the clues and prize in their correct locations.

Now it is time for the hunt to begin — give the first clue to the treasure hunters and send them on their way!

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About Susan Williams

As a veteran educator I am always looking for new ways to bring learning to life for my family. I enjoy traveling, sharing ideas with other moms, and helping my children explore the world around them. Our favorite subjects to study together are history, literature and geography. I blog about our educational adventures at Education Possible and I share literature related resources at World for Learning


  1. I love your diy treasure hunt, adding theme is a great idea!

    Thank you for helping to bring a spoonful of reading fun to the Poppins Book Nook this month!

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