If you are looking for creative ideas to keep your children entertained and occupied during holidays, birthday party, festival then this treasure hunt is great idea. Children love surprises and a treasure hunt can be a great surprise. Treasure hunt game is easy to do and children love the adventure of going on a quest for treasure. Treasure hunts can be made very elaborately or very simply that depends on you and the children. Kids like this game to do together or alone. During holidays usually children get bored of playing same things, this boredom can drive even the parents crazy after a while. So this treasure hunt is fun event for the whole family even for the person who is creating the treasure hunt.
First hide the treasure chest, if you are really interested you can even dig a small hole in the lawn and truly bury it. And keep a small digging device near so the children can use it when they want to. Break the children up into small groups. Give each child a map and set a timer for five minutes, you can do this without any timer also. In case if the kids have not found the treasure by the end of that time period, give a clue to each of them. Continue this process until the entire treasure is found.
There is no right treasure to use, it is all about the game and fun, you can use junk food, real money, cold drinks, soft toys, etc. if you want to make this game as a memorable one then you can get pencil boxes, assemble a boat prop, nice kids costumes which is inexpensive, nice pencils set with sharpener, eraser, etc.
Make sure this treasure hunt is not a taking long time, then kids tend to get bored. Five places to go to find the clues to take the kids to treasure are good enough. And also make sure there is enough treasure for each kid involved. Plan it nicely and enjoy with kids.