Do you have a little explorer? A little boy or girl who loves to go on nature hunts or take a road trip and check out a new park? Then this is a fun, indoor game to help your child bring out their inner explorer and learn to use a map!
My five year old son and I found ourselves looking for a new fun way to play in our house, so we created a new form of hide and seek that taught him how to draw and use a simple map.
1. First we found the perfect item to hide- a decorated treasure box from the dollar store (you can literally use any item or toy).
2. We each took turns being the "hider" and "seeker" using creative places to hide our treasure and counting to 10 before the other person could seek the treasure!
3. The person who was hiding the item, had to draw a "map" (see photo above that he tried to trick me with 2 Xs!) with lines showing in which direction they should walk, in order to find the treasure. The most important part was the X that marks the spot on the page!
4. Following the lines on the "map" was great to teach direction and which way was left or right!
Challenge each other with new and more difficult places to hid the item or take your game outside for tons of great hiding places!
Don't forget that every explorer needs to have a fun snack for on-the-go!