Parents | Raising readers & learners.

Home of Parent & Child Magazine

Treasure Maps

Invite your child to bury an imaginary treasure, then make a simple map and provide clues to its location.
 

Learning Benefits

Hover over each Learning Benefit below for a detailed explanation.
Spatial Reasoning
Math

What you need:

  • paper 
  • pencil 
  • small item to "bury" (optional)

What to do:

  1. Decide on a secret location in which to "bury" your treasure. If possible, you may wish to actually hide a small prize in that location.
  2. Create a treasure map that shows how to travel from a starting point (such as the front door) to the buried treasure. This map can provide clues to the treasure's location such as "Go 5 steps towards the backyard" or "Turn left at the kitchen table."
  3. Can someone use the map to find the treasure? The map could be given to a parent, a sibling, or a friend. Alternatively, two children could make maps and exchange them.

Learning benefits:

  • writing 
  • map skills
  From Every-Day-of-the-School-Year Math Problems by Marcia Miller
and Martin Lee 
(Scholastic Professional Books)

 

The Reading Toolkit