Wouldn't it be great if....
That's how all great ideas start, right? The ones that turn out to be way harder than you thought they would be?
As 2020 became the year for all of those school-age children stuck at home during the pandemic (including our own!), we knew we needed to find a way to help them burn off some energy after spending hour upon hour in front of their computers. There has to be a way to help them practice what they've learned, while also getting them moving! And that's when memories of my Mom's elaborate treasure hunts from my childhood flooded my brain.
We spent days constructing each treasure hunt, but we just couldn't build them fast enough to satiate our children's thirst for the hunt. Even more frustratingly, we kept trying to generalize the treasure hunts, to ensure they were useful to as many children as possible. But each child is different! They each learn differently, they are each motivated by different goals, quests and subjects. Some are way ahead on addition, but behind on reading, and vice versa. And of course, no one has access to the same clue hiding locations in their home or classroom.
Why not build a tool so that parents and educators, the people who know their children best in the world, can customize these treasure hunts to the themes that would be the most motivating, the subjects they need to practice, with the clue locations to which they have access?