We’re going on a colour treasure hunt

For ages 18 months – 8 years

Going on a treasure hunt is a great adventure! Children enjoy playful ways of exploring their surroundings and discovering new things.  Finding things will allow your child to build their observation and language skills.  They will also have a chance to sort and count, which are important maths skills.

 What do I need?

  • Basket (or another type of container)

 How do I do it?

  1. Tell your child they will be going on a colour treasure hunt!
  2. Before you leave home, ask your child the colour they’d like to look for. (Older children might choose two colours.) You could decide how many things you’d like to find – which might depend on the colour your child has chosen!
  3. Now off you go on your hunt! Head outside to your yard or on a walk around your neighbourhood, and start the search. Put items in your basket as you go.
  4. When you have finished collecting, choose a flat space outside or inside and spread your things out. See if your child can sort them into groups – such as big things or small things, smooth things or bumpy things…
  5. Count how many things you have collected and talk about how you went. Did you get as many as you wanted? Was it hard to find things all the same colour?

No-one knows your child better than you.  So, choose and/or adapt ideas here to best suit you and your child. Remember it’s the talking and time spent together that matters most.

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