Treasure hunt for children 's birthday - scavenger hunt for 4-10 year olds
- Age category
- Different ideas
- Scavenger hunt for outdoors
- Treasure hunt in the apartment
- Treasure hunt for smaller children (4-6 years)
- Scavenger hunt for schoolchildren (7-10 years)
- Turbo chase
The treasure hunt is one of the absolute highlights on every children's birthday party. "Older" party guests come just as much fun as kindergarten children - provided that you adapt the structure of the wild scavenger hunt accordingly. The weather also does not matter: we show you great variations for outdoors and indoors.
Plan a fun treasure hunt for kids birthday
Exciting treasure hunts bring momentum into every children's birthday party. Especially if not all of the little party guests know each other, the common hunt for the treasure is a good way to break the ice. Therefore, it is always convenient to start the adventure right at the beginning of the festival. After that, the little ones are mostly hungry and enjoy the birthday cake all the more. Of course, an adult person should always guide the wild activity. Even the elementary preparations remain the same, regardless of whether you want to go treasure hunt inside or outside and also without influence of
1. Think about the exact route of the route along which you want to build small stations for tasks. As a precaution, stop the route beforehand to avoid the necessary time (outdoors) or to eliminate any possible dangers (inside, such as cables, devices, etc.). For indoor use, you also determine which rooms may be on the treasure route, and which are taboo (such as the parents' bedroom or the kingdom of siblings).
2. With a convincing treasure map, the search is only really authentic. Soak a piece of paper in black tea for the weathered look and then carefully burn off the edges of the card.
3. To make the whole thing even more "real" for the little ones, you could let the adventure run under a motto. For example, if a pirate's treasure sought, get the small buccaneer at the beginning of all an eye patch, a pirate cloth or similar disguise. The birthday child is the captain.
4. Mark the stations uniformly, so that the party guests know immediately that they have found the point of the next task. For this are colored pieces of paper or ribbons.
5. The treasure the children find rewarding at the end of the search should, of course, be big enough to be shared among all brave adventurers. The is simple costume jewelry that the kids might like. In the turmoil of the chains and jewelery you put delicious sweets and small toys. As a packaging, you either choose a ready-made treasure chest (available in stores) or make your own one. For this, you just stick an old shoebox with gold foil and attach it to glittering stones or similar decorations.
The treasure and the treasure map
Of course, your treasure map does not just have decorative tasks. She guides the treasure hunters where to start browsing and shows them the way forward. Draw prominent points in a clearly visible way for general orientation. These include special trees or cabins outside and TV, toilet or kitchen table inside. Number the stations (if the order should matter) or connect them with small dashed lines.
Here you can download our template of the treasure map, name it and print it out.
Click here: Download the treasure map
Note - the name of the birthday child is entered in the gray box.
The delivery of the time-honored card can be done with solemn pathos as you explain the game to the group. alternatives:
a) They divide the children into foxes and hunters: The foxes grab the map and run away. Shortly thereafter, the hunters are allowed to start to capture the important document. (Especially suitable for outdoors.)
b) You bake a box cake, cut it carefully lengthwise and put the rolled-up treasure map into it. So the little ones have to snack on something to strengthen them before they go to the action.
c) The card is cut into several pieces. These distribute them in envelopes. Every child has to get one of them. For the envelopes could hang on a branch or lie scattered in a room.
The map will now move from station to station. In each of them, the little ones have easy tasks to do, either earning part of the solution or simply gaining access to the next "level". Ideas for the design of the small obstacles can be found afterwards to suit different age groups.
Important: Hide the treasure for sure that it is not already found by accident. Especially in the open air you should protect the treasure from other passers-by, animals and the wind.
Scavenger hunt for outdoors
Anyone who decides to find treasure outdoors should better announce it in the invitation card and ask their parents' parents to pack a weatherproof treasure hunter kit for safety.
There is plenty of space outside, so the individual stations can do a lot of physical work. The advantage: These little tests are suitable for all ages and are fun for everyone. Some examples:
1st Station: The children are to imitate animals. If everyone has delivered a credible performance, it may continue. Alternatively, with very many participants, two groups can be formed. The one group of animals thinks up and presents them and the second team has to guess.
Station 2: Up to a special point (tree, pond, fence, etc.), all move on one leg hopping away. Even very quiet walking can be checked or:
- duck walk
- Walking backwards
- horses gallop
- Everyone takes hold of their hands and moves like a single figure
Station 3: Determine trees or flowers, also read animal tracks or collect a certain number of natural materials (such as: 7 chestnuts, 7 daisies and 7 stones) are great tasks that the little treasure hunters perform with zeal.
4th Station: shopping! If there is an ice cream shop or grocery store in the immediate vicinity of your treasure area, ask the treasure hunters to find out where to buy ice cream or sweets. If you have solved the task, they receive a small reward in between, of course, the treat. Also fits perfectly as a little break to breathe!
Station 5: Skill tasks also fit perfectly outdoors. For example, all children could be given the task of climbing onto a fallen tree trunk and standing in line with it. Now, the right-hand child has to pass carefully past the other to the far left. The "stayer" have the task to facilitate the "climber" his way by doing as "thin" as possible. Alternatively, a child may volunteer as a climber in advance.
Treasure hunt in the apartment
In fact, the apartment generally offers even more opportunities for an exciting scavenger hunt than the outdoor area. The task can be made even more varied and refer thematically to the individual rooms. Even puzzles and puzzles fit wonderfully, because the raving is not so much in the foreground. Important: The treasure map you shape in the form of a floor plan of your apartment.
Tip: If you are a little worried about your furniture, you may announce in advance that this apartment is an enchanted glass palace. Therefore, the treasure hunters must be very careful. Otherwise, the broken glass buries the treasure forever under itself.
Possible stations for a scavenger hunt in the apartment, which you can fill with puzzles at will:
Station 1: The little hunters must blindfold food to their taste. Prepare small bowls with simple natural foods such as pieces of fruit or vegetable strips. Once each child has typed correctly, the task is done.
Tip: Avoid allergy suspicious food. These include nuts and dairy products, but also gluten-containing foods such as bread and cookies. To have more choice, ask already in the invitation card for any incompatibilities of the individual party guests.
2nd Station: Now the little ones have to recognize the wrong thing. For this, place an object in each room belonging to the route that absolutely does not fit in there. For example: a rolling pin in the bathroom, a bottle of shower gel in the kitchen, Dad's tie in the nursery, the reading glasses in the cat basket.
3rd Station: After that comes the opposite. Now it's about finding wanted items. This fits very well into the staircase (because of more freedom of movement). Provide a list of 3-5 parts to be tracked by the treasure hunters based on their description. For example: red doormat, a medium-sized withered potted plant, a pair of rubber boots - or whatever is concise in your stairwell! The little ones can search in the whole group or split up into teams.
Station 4: Items have disappeared in a cloth bag (or simple pillowcase). The little ones should feel what could hide in it. Best for each participant a piece, so even shy children get it once.
Station 5: If you want to include a nice neighbor, you can tell the kids to ask for the codeword there. As a guide could (for older children) imaginative descriptions of the person or small puzzles apply, such as: The target lives two floors below us and 1 + 2 doors next to Mrs. Müller.
The codeword could name the hiding place of the treasure.
Treasure hunt for smaller children (4-6 years)
Of course, smaller children are not yet able to read (well), have a lower attention span and, of course, require somewhat simpler tasks. Therefore, be sure to include only about 5 to a maximum of 8 stations, so that the little ones do not lose their temper in between. Acting skills on your part help to make the whole thing with some drama persistently exciting.
The tasks of the individual stations are simply read by the adult escorts. Instead of word puzzles or solution letters leading to the codeword, smaller children could receive a puzzle piece for every task they have completed. Composed then this shows the hiding place. Just make a jigsaw puzzle out of a cut photo of the hiding place. Or you use an image that contains a clear hint, such as a cat, when the treasure is found in the cat basket.
Scavenger hunt for schoolchildren (7-10 years)
Treasure hunters between 7 and 10 years love little puzzles and brain teasers. With a good puzzle block for the aforementioned age group, you are prepared for some kids birthdays in advance. Counting or arithmetic tasks can be as much a part of it as small knowledge tests. From the respective solution word a final codeword can be created, which leads the kids to the treasure. The first letter from the first solution word, the second from the second, etc. together make up the codeword.
But do not underestimate the very simple sensory and physical tasks: older children have at least as much fun as the very little ones.
... for lack of time
Those who do not have the time to prepare a big treasure hunt can improvise with a turbo scavenger hunt. They hide only small bags with mini-phrases or signs on a large treasure within a single room. The children sit in a circle or around a table and get a cube. The party guest, who rolls a 6 first, may jump up and quickly start the treasure hunt in the room. All other kids keep on dicing. If the next 6 falls, this child is allowed to search and the current viewfinder must stop immediately! This scavenger hunt in small format brings pace in the children's birthday and makes all ages heart-pounding fun.