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Pirate Treasure Hunt

Ready Made Pirate Treasure Hunt

We know that most working parents simply don’t have the time to create a pirate treasure hunt. That’s one of the main reasons why Lello & Monkey was set up, to provide excellent party games that are really easy to do –‘ little effort for maximum reward’ we call it.

Jill made the very first pirate treasure hunt for her son on his 4th birthday. Writing rhyming clues, drawing a treasure map, making a pirate treasure chest and pirate ship out of cardboard took quite a while.

Being artistic and having some time on her hands during maternity leave she had the time and skills to do it. The pirate treasure hunt went down a storm, all of the eight children invited absolutely loved it.

We then decided to set up a business that helped parents to host a similar party but without all the creative skills and time required. So if that’s what you’re after go buy a Lello & Monkey pirate treasure hunt.

DIY Pirate Treasure Hunt

However - don’t let us stop you creating your own pirate treasure hunt, here’s a few ideas to help you on the way...

Draw a Pirate Treasure Map

Stain a piece of paper with tea (without the milk), crumple it up and leave to dry. Use this paper to make your treasure map look old and authentic. Even scorch the ends with a match if you’re very careful.

Look at where you are going to have your treasure hunt, and draw yourself a map detailing landmarks you can see (in a garden it might be a swing, a tree, the sandbox, a flowerbed, patio table etc). It doesn’t need to be very detailed or well-drawn so long as the kids can tell what it is believe me they won’t care.

When you’ve finished, roll it up and tie with some ribbon, maybe even bury the map in the sandbox if you have one. When the kids are playing in the garden they are bound to find it. Or pretend to be looking in a box under the bed and call the kids to say you’ve found something.

Make a Treasure Chest

Using an old shoe box with lid, some cardboard and construction paper you can fairly quickly make yourself a pirate treasure chest. We’ve put some examples on our Pinterest treasure hunt board to help you.

Write some clues

If you’re pretty good with words you might be able to do some rhyming clues, but don’t worry if not it’s really not the end of the world.

You can include some instructions to make the kids do something or perform a task, as well as help them locate the next clue.

Take 4 steps left and 6 steps back
Jump up high 5 times you’ll get the knack
Where the apple tree grows, look down low
By its roots you’ll not have far to go

In this type of clue you are helping them to count, follow directions, getting them to do a bit of exercise and helping them understand a simple riddle.