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Treasure Maps

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

Learning Benefits

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Spatial Reasoning

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


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