Then it's time for a little fun as we elect your birthday child - the captain. A little schtick loosens them all up. They all yell "Arggh!" a few times and then it's map time.
Everyone gets a map and we instruct all in the basics of map skills: the legend, the symbols, where we are, where is that tree? Then we take a walk around the house so everyone is up to speed on the map.
Those "practice maps" are collected as everyone is asked to find a partner (threes are OK.) They all get a clipboard, a pencil and a Treasure Map (the same one but with 15-20 red circles that show where the clues are.) Then we yell, "Go!" Now, it's not a competition but when anyone yells "Go," people start running. They all scatter (staying together with their team mates) trying to find the clues.
For readers, clues are trivia questions about fun popular stuff: cartoons, movies, TV, sports, Nick, Harry Potter, etc. We can tailor the clues to fit the audience.
For 7 year olds and younger, the clues are strips of stickers (fun animals, shapes, etc.) and Crayola stampers (dinosaurs, rocket ships, etc.)
Except for the youngsters, no one touches the clues. They write down the answer or letter and move on. We'll float around helping those who are scratching their head, but once they get one clue, they catch on.
About 35-45 minutes later they start to filter back in and we all gather around the chest and put the clues together. Little by little, the answer appears..."the key is in the sandbox"...(or wherever we decide) and like a pack of wild animals (corporate executives, also) they take off for the key.
No matter who finds it, the honors of opening the chest go to your child and we pass out the treasure.
Then it's time for pizza and cake. Why your party is almost over! And they'll talk about it for quite awhile.
Treasure Hunt Parties Video Presentation
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