Even after all of these years it still amazes me that kids learn better if they are having fun. I don’t remember having much fun while in school, lol
This company makes treasure hunting easy for parents and fun for kids! Each of the hunts that The kids and I reviewed, were PDFs that I downloaded.
This makes it incredibly simple to use. All that is needed is a computer, home printer and your time. A wonderfully fun way to spend time “doing school”.
Once I downloaded them from the company, all I had to do was open and print. Once printed, set up was incredibly simple! Cut the clues (12 total clues), there are 2 clues per page, hide the clues in the correct areas, call the kids and get started. Each hunt set up time was approximately 8-10 minutes. Easy peasy!
My boys, Isaiah (13 year old) and Joseph (6 year old) were my reviewers for the Baseball Treasure Hunt and Ana (10 year old) was my reviewer for Multiplication Dragon Treasure Hunt.
Some of the treasure hunts can be done by little ones as young as 4 years old. The others can be coordinated as group or team effort with the teenagers.
The Multiplication Dragon Treasure Hunt was a longer hunt for Ana, because she had to sit and work each 5x multiplication problem before she could get to the next clue. As the mama and teacher though, I really enjoyed watching her work on the problems because she was exercising her math skills and she wasn’t even focused on it, therefore learning without extra strain or stress.
The clues for the 5x multiplication were not all about figuring out the problems though. Ana had to work through problems, then she had to use the answers as a decoder to fill in the blanks. She also had to read each clue, work math problems or use mirror reading. I liked that her reading skills were utilized along with her math skills.
She needed help on the first few clues because she just wasn’t getting her brain wrapped around the exact “how to” of the hunt. But only after a few helpful hints from me, she was on a roll and finished the hunt without any more assistance.
She got a kick out of where some of the clues were hidden. Her favorite (and grossest, lol) was the dishwasher! It was funny because the dishwasher was half loaded with to be washed dishes! Her most stressful clue was the one that was hidden behind the bathroom mirror. Mind you, it was easily seen, but there was a few tense moments as she wasn’t seeing it as easily as the previous clues.
Once she made her way through the hunt though she as pleasantly surprised to figure out that the prize was in our mailbox. With a small token received of two small candy mints and one quarter, it was deemed “fun” and she said she would like to do more! Score for the home team!
The Multiplication Dragon Treasure Hunt is a set of five hunts that focus on the multiplication for 2x through 6x. It costs $30.00 for the set of five downloadable PDFs.
Since Isaiah is older and I knew he wouldn’t have any issues with reading, completing the problems, I had him work more as a helper with Joseph in the Baseball Treasure Hunt.
Isaiah read the clues out loud to Joseph, then the boys would work together to figure out the answers. I have to tell you, I was very proud of Isaiah as he helped his little brother work the clues and most of the time let him “find” the next one. Proud mama moment for me, lol.
The boys had to work some addition and subtraction problems on some of the clues. One of the clues was basic math, so Joseph was able to help get the answers and then help decode the answer to the next clue’s hiding place.
They also had to use mirror reading in this hunt too and Joseph had fun running around the house as he ran down the clues. In this baseball hunt there is baseball lingo and you will need a baseball bat for one of the clues.
With Isaiah helping Joseph by reading the words, Joseph was able to quickly figure out where the clues would be found. He was really good at looking at the images that showed you where to find the next clue. One of them took him less than 5 seconds to figure out. Even Isaiah was surprised how quickly Joseph figured it out!
I asked Isaiah if he wanted to do a hunt by himself and he said, “That’s okay. I don’t mind helping Joe.” My take on that was that because he helped Joseph, he saw the math involved and knew it would be too easy for him. Which is fine, became it gave him the opportunity to be a helper instead of running rough shod over his brother just so he could win the hunt.
Joseph and Isaiah found their prize and there was only a moment of displeasure (totally my fault!) due to the nature of the prize. My little Joe wanted the small mints (like Ana’s) instead of the cookies I gave to him and his brother. So, Isaiah let Joseph have the quarters and Isaiah ate the small cookies himself. Now I know for next time that the prizes should be the same, lol.
The Baseball Treasure Hunt is one hunt that is for a downloadable PDF and the cost is $5.99.
I can see how much fun these would be in a classroom environment. The math calculations and the competition would be great fun. Due to the various ages here at home, it was simpler for me to break up the hunts so that there was little to no arguing amongst siblings.
Again, I was very pleased how my teenager handled the helping and I see that as a wonderful way for other teens to help younger siblings! Not much grumbling because I removed the actual competition, so the boys especially had to work as a team. Which turned out to be an advantage for us.
My kids had fun using the hunts and we appreciate the fact that we will be able to use them more than once due to the fact that they are PDFs.
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