Travis has been into maps lately (a bit of a throwback to our Dora-the-Explorer-watching days), so I was thrilled to see our October project from High Five magazine lined up perfectly with his interest. Put together this neat treasure map, and your kids will love both creating it and hunting with it!
First, tear apart a brown sandwich bag along the glue seam in the back. If you’re worried your child will rip the paper, adults can do this step. Cut off the bottom of the bag, and now it should open up and lie flat.
Now for arguably the best part: crumple it up to make it look old! Travis couldn’t believe this was the direction I gave him, and loved it.
Smooth your map back out, and fill it in any way you please! Be sure to make an X for buried treasure, and a route to get there. Travis’s art was still very, well, abstract, so I put together a second map that could become a true hide-and-seek hunt.
To make the maps look even older, we then brushed over them with a paintbrush dipped in water. Another “whoa Mom I can really do this?” moment. Let dry completely.
On the reverse of the map, we drew the treasure that would await the finder.
I taught him how to roll up the map and he loved that it was just like an old pirate’s one!
Totally optional, but you can turn this into a real hunt. While Travis was at school, I actually buried a few little “jewels” at a nearby park, marking the spot with an X.
We headed off with our map in hand, and he was thrilled to find real treasure waiting for him.