Coding 1: Robot Pirate Captain Binary


Only someone who can talk to robots can help the infamous pirate, Captain Binary, understand the coded clues!

  • Indoor Treasure Hunt
  • Ages 5 – 10


Help the infamous robot pirate, Captain Binary, race to find his treasure. Only someone who can talk to robots will understand the coded clues! This ready-to-go, 10-part treasure hunt is designed for students ages 5 - 10 with no previous coding experience. This indoor treasure hunt is the perfect break from computer-based distance learning, because it gets bodies moving while keeping students' minds engaged as they practice deductive reasoning, following cardinal directions, and introducing coding concepts. On this treasure hunt, students new to coding will learn about moving in set increments, repeating groups of code, conditional statements and forever loops. This activity takes about 1 to 1.5 hours to complete, depending on the student's age and familiarity with coding.



Easy to set up in about 10 minutes, with hiding locations clearly laid out for each clue. Each puzzle leads to a common household item (see below for list).

Purchase includes a 24-page PDF with ten colorful treasure hunt clues, an answer key, a handout review of how to read code, and a handout review of cardinal directions.


TIP: This treasure hunt is perfect for younger students new to coding because it uses cardinal directions to navigate the map. Cardinal directions are absolute--for example, North will always point North no matter which direction they are facing--which makes it very clear which direction they should turn. This allows them to focus just on the new coding concepts introduced. For a more challenging introduction to coding (for older beginners probably 8+ years old), try our other beginner coding treasure hunt which uses relative left and right directions instead. (Left and right are actually a very tricky concept to grasp when coding, because Left and Right change relative to the direction the character is facing on the map!)


To use this treasure hunt you will need a printer, at least 10 pieces of paper (for the 10 clues, or 13 pieces of paper with the supplemental educational material and congratulations page), and the following hiding locations around your home:

  • Keyboard
  • Couch
  • Pillow
  • Shower
  • Chair
  • Microwave
  • Shoe
  • Fork
  • Bookshelf
  • Fire Extinguisher


This treasure hunt is also part of our:


Beginner Coding Treasure Hunt Bundle


This Beginner Coding Bundle includes two educational treasure hunts that follow the storyline of Robot Captain Binary.

Additional information


Treasure Hunt, Pirates, Robots, Cardinal Directions, Programming, Indoor, Coding


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