For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16 TNIV
By: Gretchen Speer
A few years ago I was watching John and Kate plus 8 (the early years). In the episode I was watching Kate planned a Valentines Day treasure hunt for her eight kids. As I was watching I couldn’t believe she was able to come up with something that got all of her kids excited, but didn’t require her to leave her home. I turned the TV off and got to work! We have been doing these treasure hunts on Valentines Day ever since. Here is how we do it:
1. Collect the Treasure. Every year my family sends the kids packages for valentines day, and I put them aside. As soon as I start to see V-day stuff at Target in the dollar isle, I grab several things from there. I also like to make an order from Scholastic Book Club a few weeks before so I can put some books in there. This year I put some character socks, chocolates, lips suckers, and books in the treasure box. (Along with everything I had gotten in the mail from my Mom and Granny.)
2. Make a list with your clues, and answers. I took a picture of my list so you could have an example. I think it’s easiest to make a list of all the places you want to hide the clues and then go back and write the clues out. Also, you’ll want to number them. If your kids are younger, make sure to keep the clues simple. The older my kids get, the harder I make it! For the last couple of years, my olders have had to recite John 3:16 to me to get their last clue. It’s always great to encorporate scripture wherever you can! (See list to the right.)
3. Write the clues on heart shaped papers. They don’t have to be hearts, but it adds to the fun! Write the numbers on them too. (I got our clues mixed up one year. Believe me, you want to number them!:) Here are a couple of picture of my hearts:
4. Hide the clues. I usually do this part when the kids are napping and then we do the hunt later in the evening. Because of this, I tape all the clues in completely out of site places. I never tell the kids I’m going to be doing it, and so they don’t look for them before we start.
5. Enjoy the Hunt! If your kids are younger, you will need to help then out a little more. Now that my kids are getting a little older they know what to do and I usually just follow along behind them with the camera!