Tuesday, March 11, 2008

St. Patrick's Day Treasure Hunt

Here's a fun scripture study time activity to do on St. Patrick's Day with your kids. My kids love these picture treasure hunts and run from one location to the next so fast that I always wish it weren't over so quickly! Even the youngest ones can participate because they do not have to read to know where to go next. Give it a try and let me know how it works!


Collect about 8 to 10 pictures of household objects/locations (i.e., the dryer, doorbell, pillow, television, bathroom sink, etc.) from the internet or by using your digital camera. Make sure one picture is of the scriptures. Print out the pictures and glue them to shamrocks. Number the back of each shamrock lightly for reference purposes and make a list of each place by number. Make sure the shamrock with the picture of the scriptures is the last number on the list.

The night before St. Patrick's Day (or early that morning) leave shamrock number 1 out as the starting point of the treasure hunt; you may want to place it prominently at the breakfast table to catch your children's attention. The picture on shamrock 1 will serve as a clue as to where the kids will go for their next shamrock in the treasure hunt. "Hide" shamrock 2 in the location depicted on shamrock 1 (not too hard to see if your children are preschool age). Hide shamrock 3 in the location depicted on shamrock 2. Use your list to help you remember where each location is to hide them. Continue hiding all of the remaining shamrocks in this manner until all of the clues are in place. The last clue should direct the children to the scriptures.

Place a picture of a pot of gold in the scriptures as a bookmark in Proverbs 2:3-5. This will serve as the treasure, which you will read together and then briefly discuss.

When scripture time comes, announce that today you will be searching for treasure. Show them the first clue and help them follow it to the next clue location as shown in the picture. Soon they will be sprinting from clue to clue until they have reached the scriptures. When you are done reading the treasure, reward the kids with a fun treat or an extra big hug as a reward for being such great treasure hunters!

Happy treasure hunting!

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