Looking for a fun activity for the kids? Make your own DIY treasure hunt dig! With this guide, creating an interactive game for children is easy.
Making Your Treasure Hunt Dig
create a fun and exciting treasure hunt dig! With a few simple materials and some creative ideas, you can make your own interactive game that will provide plenty of entertainment.
By day, I work as a counselor with elementary aged students. We do this activity with my students. I put pirate coins and treasures in but you can use anything you want! a
Gather Your Ingredients
For this fun activity you will need:
- Small pie pans
- Treasures--gold coins, dinosaurs, etc.
It's Just Oobleck!
Have your kids made that crazy slime called oobleck? Guess what? This recipe just uses oobleck and then dries it for several days in a small pie pan!
Oobleck is fun to play with. It is made from a simple mixture of cornstarch and water, and it has some interesting properties that make it a great addition to any treasure hunt.
What is Oobleck?
Oobleck is a non-Newtonian fluid, which means that it does not behave like a typical liquid. Instead, it has some unique properties that make it both fascinating and fun to play with. Oobleck is made from a mixture of cornstarch and water, and it has a consistency that is both solid and liquid at the same time. When pressure is applied to oobleck, it becomes firm, but when the pressure is released, it becomes liquid again.
To create oobleck, you will need cornstarch and water. You will need approximately two parts cornstarch to one part water. Begin by mixing the cornstarch and water in a large bowl. Stir until the mixture is smooth and free of lumps. If the mixture is too thick, add more water. If it is too thin, add more cornstarch.
Once you have created your oobleck, you can begin to use it in your treasure hunt.
Let's Make Your Treasure Hunt!
I don't know about you, but once my kids are done playing with oobleck, I worry about it getting into the carpet and anywhere else they accidently leave it. Since I work with elementary aged kids, I will get told a lot from them that they are not allowed to play with slime anymore. So, I let my kids play with oobleck and slime at the kitchen counter while I can safely supervise. Once they are done with the oobleck I use it for a treasure dig.
To create your treasure hunt, you will need to gather a few supplies. You will need a container to hold the oobleck, small treasures or toys to bury in the oobleck, and a set of clues that will lead your kids to the treasure.
Begin by burying the small treasures or toys in the oobleck. You can bury them deep or shallow, depending on the difficulty level you want to achieve. Once the treasures are buried, cover the oobleck with a layer of sand or dirt if you would like. This will make it more challenging for your kids to find the treasures.
Next, create a set of clues that will lead your kids to the treasure. The clues can be as simple or complex as you want. You can write them out on pieces of paper or create a treasure map. Be sure to include instructions on how to dig up the treasure.
Let the Oobleck Dry Out for Several Days
Set the mixture out to dry for several days. Once it's set, have your kids dig for their treasure using hammers, brushes, and other instruments.
hide the treasure and have the kids find the treasure using the clues. Allow them to use the tools to dig through their pans to find their hidden treasures.
What Kinds of Treasures Can I Bury in my Treasure Hunt Oobleck?
- Small toys or figurines: These can include things like action figures, mini stuffed animals, plastic gold coins or plastic dinosaurs.
- Puzzles or games: You can include small puzzles or brain teasers as a prize.
- Art supplies: If your treasure hunt is geared towards creative types, you could include things like colored pencils, decorative erasers or markers.
- Outdoor gear: If your treasure hunt is taking place outside, you could include things like a plastic compass, mini binoculars, or a mini flashlight.
- Gift cards: A small gift card to a local store or restaurant can be a great prize for older participants.
- Customized prizes: You can also create customized prizes based on the interests of the participants. For example, if someone loves cooking, you could include a set of mini kitchen utensils. You could also bury popular characters like Mario, Barbie, or even some Minecraft characters if hosting a Minecraft birthday party.
More Kid Ideas!
Entertaining kids while you are cooking or cleaning is a tough job! You deserve some love! We have plenty of kid friendly recipes like our favorite gluten free kids pizza pasta.
DIY Treasure Hunt Dig For Kids
- food coloring optional
- In a mixing bowl, add 2 parts cornstarch and 1 part water. For example, you could use 1 cup of cornstarch and ½ cup of water.
- Mix the cornstarch and water together until they are well combined. The mixture will be thick and difficult to stir.
- If you want to add color to your oobleck, you can mix in a few drops of food coloring at this point.
- Once the mixture is well combined, you can start playing with your oobleck! You can pick it up and shape it with your hands, or let it drip through your fingers. Oobleck has a unique texture that is both solid and liquid at the same time. It will become more solid if you squeeze it or hit it with force, but it will become more liquid if you let it rest.
- Once you are done playing with the oobleck, pour it into your mini pie pan. Bury treasure in the mixture. Allow the mixture to dry at room temperature for several days. Once mixture is completely dry, have kids use hammers, brushes, picks and other utensils to pick apart and find the treasure inside the pan.
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