It's probably about time to start thinking about St. Patrick's Day right? This weekend I started thinking "green." Today I am sharing a fun and easy idea to do with your kids for St. Patrick's Day. (Or before!)
Each year as a first grade teacher, I would leave daily notes from "The Three Green Stooges." (Think Elf on the Shelf in leprechaun form!). On St. Patrick's Day, the Three Green Stooges would leave one final note and lead my class on a treasure hunt leading to a pot of gold at the end. So I decided to revamp this idea for Little Man. Remember how we hunted for Pluto's Bones at his Mickey Mouse Birthday Party? Well, this was his favorite game, and he is STILL talking about it! So I knew he would love to go on another treasure hunt.
And I created these clues in printable form... so you can do this, too!
There are 10 clues leading to a pot of gold filled with prizes at the end. I was thinking a little poetic, so these clues rhyme! Some clues even require actions like hopping, running, walking backwards, etc.
After designing the clues in Photoshop, I printed out the clues, laminated them, and cut them apart. Done!
I hid the clues around the house. (I have to use a cheat sheet to do this because I always get confused at which clue needs to be hidden and where! I'll show you my cheat sheet at the end of the post...)
Little Man couldn't wait to get started!
Daddy helped read the clues.
And finally, after lots of hiding and hopping, we found the pot of gold in the fridge!
Little Man was so excited to find his Pot of Gold filled with treats, gold coins (he asked me if he could put these in his Piggy Bank!), a new Matchbox car, and one last note.
We had so much fun, and we can do this over and over again! (And I have a sneaky suspicion that we will!)
If you would like to go on your very own treasure hunt, then go print your own clues!
Plus I make a little cheat sheet so I know where each clue should be hidden and where it will take us! Otherwise I always screw up hiding the clues! If this helps you too, you can download the Treasure Hunt cheat sheet here.
Are you thinking green yet?
Have a great Monday!