Putting together a treasure hunt for kindergarten students can be a fun and educational experience. While the kids will enjoy going on a hunt to find prizes, they are also learning about how to use analytical thinking and problem solving to arrive at a hidden treasure using clues and a treasure map. This kind of a game can be a valuable resource to kindergarten teachers wishing to teach their children how to think outside the box, and it is sure to be fun time for all involved.
Hide the treasure in a place that is both hidden from view but also easily accessible for young children to safely reach. Some good examples of a place to hide the treasure would be under your desk or in the coat closet.
Create a set of clues, no more than 10 to make sure the children do not lose interest, with each clue leading the students to the location of the next clue until they finally reach the treasure. A example of a good clue might be: "Think bright, your next clue may be found by the windows, where it is light."
Be creative with the clues; use riddles or short poems to aid the students in understanding and to make the game more fun. A good example of this is: "Under the desks and over the chairs, the next clue is held by a big teddy bear."
Allow the students to use their critical thinking and direction-following skills to solve the location of the next hidden clue. For example: "Make a right at the blackboard and pick up a book, this clue might be found in the last place you would look."
Help the students along on their quest for the treasure by providing them with hints to the clues if they need help.
Reward the students for finding the hidden treasure with snacks and drinks after the hunt.