Happy Birthday to my monkey in the middle! Today, he is nine! Many birthdays ago, we established a birthday tradition: present treasure hunts! Since it is one of their favorite parts of their special day, I thought I would share it with you! For more ideas for simple, inexpensive birthday fun, check out our Top Ten Birthday Traditions.
Birthday Treasure Hunt……..Hunting for a Present!
How to Make a Birthday Treasure Hunt
1. Choose a birthday present as your “treasure.” Some years it was a big present: a scooter, a bike, a remodeled bedroom, etc. Other times I have hidden a special family outing at the end: “boarding tickets” for a ride on a friend’s airplane or tickets to a monster truck show. A few years ago, I hid goody bags for everyone at the end of the hunt.
2. Make the clues. I always make the clues myself. I just think of places where I want the clues to be hidden. Then I think of all the ways to describe that place. Next, I use a rhyming dictionary to find a rhyming word to match it. For example: if I want to hide a clue in his bed, I think: bed, sleep, pillow, lay down your head, tired, snooze, etc….. Then, I type all of those words into the rhyming dictionary until I come up with a good rhyme.
3. Hide the clues. Stow the birthday boy in a hiding place while you hide the clues and put the “treasure” at the end.
4. Hunt! Grab your camera and go hunting!
1. Make a treasure map. Instead of clues, draw a map of your house and yard. Label each spot on their hunt. Have them follow the map to find their treasure.
2. Hide an object instead of clues. One year, we had a monkey party. So, I went to garage sales and thrift stores and bought a bunch of stuffed monkeys. I hid the monkeys at the tops of trees in a local park. My son had to run around the park looking for monkeys in trees. When he found them, he had to climb the tree and get the monkey. After he found all of his stuffed friends, the last monkey was next to his treasure.
Does your family have birthday traditions? Tell me about them!