If you are looking for a fun activity for your kids to do the next time you go camping, try having them create a map for a treasure hunt.
Half of the fun of this activity is actually making the map! Give each child a piece of paper and crayons or colored pencils and have them create a map of the area where you are camping. You may have to help younger children. Help them to identify the locations of trees, large rocks, tents, streams, etc., to get a general idea of the area.
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After your children are done with their maps, you get to place the “x’s” on the maps for where the children can find their hidden treasures. Go to each of those locations and leave them a little surprise, like a pack of gum or a bottle of bubbles. Our grand prize was a nerf football that my boys had a great time playing with the entire weekend. I also bought a large package of little army men for about $1.50. I opened up the bags and left a handful in each hiding spot.
Our last camping trip was the first time we created treasure maps, and my boys had a great time with them. I had them draw their maps on 12×12 pieces of plain scrapbook paper so that I could put them in their scrapbooks. I will add a camping photo with each map. Great memories!
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