If you have preschool aged kids that are learning prepositions, then I’ve got the perfect game for you! A treasure hunt. It took us 5 minutes to make the clues, and my 3 and 4.5 year old had so much fun! The inspiration for this came because I wanted a fun way to practice finding things. See, we have noticed when I’ll give my oldest directions to go find something in the house, he wasn’t quite sure what we were asking. Under the coats, over there by the door, below that shelf, you get the idea. So to make it fun here’s a Treasure Hunt that your kids may beg you for often! It’s the perfect interactive preschool activity for a pretty wide range of kids. I’m sure older kids would love it just as much if not more!
What you will need for this preschool activity:
A cheat sheet for you.
I know this may sound stupid but I actually had to look up prepositions really quickly before writing this. It’s been a long time (say middle school?) since I “officially” learned them for the last time! It’s funny how you can use them everyday when speaking and forget what they are actually called. So I’ve made a cheat sheet for you.
Use this list when coming up with where to hide your clues for this preschool activity! Just imagine you are giving your kid instructions to find something and write that down.
How to set it up
I just wrote the instructions that included prepositions on a popsicle stick and tucked each into it’s own envelope. You totally don’t need an envelope but I think it makes each clue a little easier to find and we had them around.
I had the kids go play downstairs for a minute while I hid the clues. Then, I handed them the first envelope with clue and we went around finding all the clues. Having two kids that were both racing around competing made it so I ended up having them take turns. So they would find the clue and open it, and then I’d read it to them and off they’d go. It was a super fun preschool activity and they have been asking for it again and again!
You can see what I wrote on popcicle sticks below.
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The goal of the game
For my kids, it was to find the treasure at the end!
For me, it was to plan something fun for them combining something we needed to work on.
What I really wanted to practice was looking for something in a specific spot. My hope is that this will help them to quickly find something in another room later, like their socks. Or a fresh diaper mom has stashed in the closet up high.
Definitely don’t overthink it, just write clues for ordinary places. For instance, we were trying to get one of my kids to find their shoes the other day at the bottom of the stairs, and one of us had to go down and get them, even though they were right where we said. That’s when I realized we need some preposition help here! So one of my clues said , down the stairs near the garage”.
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Here’s what it looked like!
Finding the clues was the most fun part for them, and it goes fast. They found them all within 5-10 minutes. So if you are really awesome, you could write out more clues than I did.
A tip I thought of after the game ended: To make it last longer and make them run around more, you could plan the clues better than I did. For instance, next time I may alternate an upstairs clue with a downstairs clue each time so they have to go up and down the stairs 5 or 6 times (or back and forth from opposite ends of the house).
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I treated them to candy, but you could obviously do anything else. Some ideas I am thinking of for doing this again since I don’t want to do candy every time would be:
- Getting a special toy set out
- Baking with mom (cause yep, that’s a prize for sure!)
- Something special from the store that could be a snack
- Some paper and pens to draw with
- A show
- Announement to get their shoes on to go to the park
- Getting helmets on to go ride the balance bike (side note: if you have been thinking about getting a balance bike, I cannot recommend one highly enough! We started my son with one at 2 years, and just last week at age 4.5 we took him out to ride his first pedal bike. I was all prepared for skinned knees and falling off…nope. He had it down after about 5 minutes. The balance bike made it so we could skip training wheels, and the transition was easy. I was actually shocked! Sorry for the rant. But really, balance bikes are awesome and this is the one we bought if you want a personal recommendation. And it tires them out like no body’s business!
Our next preschool activity
Today was pouring rain all day, but I think we will do this again outside where the kids have to run around longer to find each clue. I know they would zip all over from one side of the house to the other and I could hide things in the mailbox, under rocks, and inside of bushes. I think it would be a lot harder! Have you done any fun preschool activities lately? I’d love to know because we are in the market for some new ones. Leave a comment below and please share this post if you found it awesome!