Learn Through Play with Educational Treasure Hunts
Nothing is quite as motivating as a quest!
Venture forth on a quest for STEM!
Our educational, children's treasure hunts are designed for indoor or outdoor use and they are perfect for busy parents, as all of the resources are provided. They are quick to print off and set up and you can choose from a wide range of topics, to suit your child's interests. Just ten minutes of preparation, for an hour or two of screen-free fun that will stimulate your child's natural curiosity and imagination!
One day they could be a pirate, sailing the seen seas, practicing their navigation skills, while another day, they could be a mad scientist traveling back through geologic time!
At The Treasure Hunt Builder, we are firm believers in learning through fun because play improves attention and retention. Our ready-to-print, engaging treasure hunts focus on STEM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) so your child can engage in screen-free play, while developing their conceptual understanding of STEM at the same time.
These educational, adventure quests are great for home-ed parents, for after-school clubs and camps, and as exciting activities for children to do on the weekends too. They can be completed indoors or outdoors. You can even use the Treasure Hunt Builder to create your own treasure hunts, tailored to your child's interests and customized to their learning goals.
How is play important for development?
- “Play usually enhances curiosity, which facilitates memory and learning. [sic] Children who were in active play for 1 hour per day were better able to think creatively and multitask. Randomized trials of physical play in 7- to 9-year-olds revealed enhanced attentional inhibition, cognitive flexibility, and brain functioning that were indicative of enhanced executive control [sic]. Children have been shown to discover causal mechanisms more quickly when they drive their learning as opposed to when adults display solutions for them,” according to The American Academy of Pediatrics. 1
- “The ingredients of play are precisely the ones that fuel learning: in addition to promoting low anxiety, play provides opportunities for novel experiences, active engagement, and learning from peers and adults,” according to the Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University. 2
1Yogman, Michael, et al. “The Power of Play: A Pediatric Role in Enhancing Development in Young Children.” Publications.aap.org, American Academy of Pediatrics, Volume 142, Issue 3, page. 6, Sept. 2018, https://doi.org/10.1542/peds.2018-2058.
2 “Early Childhood Innovation Spotlight: Learning through Play.” Learning Through Play: Using Games and Play Coaching to Improve Executive Function, Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University, 1 June 2018, https://developingchild.harvard.edu/innovation-application/innovation-in-action/learning-through-play/
What parents and teachers are saying about it...
I printed this out for my 6 year old and we had a pirate-themed blast! Thank you for an evening of educational fun!
My daughter absolutely loved the treasure hunt!!!! This is such a clever way to encourage math in young kids. It captivated her for the whole morning, and when she finished it, she thanked me for setting it up (I repeat - she thanked me for setting up this math activity!!) and asked me if we could do it again. Wow!
Thanks so much! The kids are so excited to try these out. We did the preschool math treasure hunt from the Winter Hygge bundle, and they LOVED it. They've been begging me to make another hunt ever since. I'll let you know how they go!
My students enjoyed using this resource it helped them to have a better understanding.
Great treasure hunt for a variety of ages!
I used this with in conjunction with other puzzles and the students had a blast. Thanks!
Lovely kit can't wait to do this with my boys at weekend. Thank You
Fun! Bought for a visit with my niece. Loved it.
Great activities for kids! These will be great for entertaining our daughter on hikes.
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