Treasure hunts are so much fun! But toddlers are not always able to solve the clues for hunts that are created for older kids. Here is an easy treasure hunt for toddlers that I created for my youngest after she saw the Treasure Hunt episode on Peppa Pig.
Peppa Pig Treasure Hunt
My daughter is a big fan of Peppa Pig and loves the Treasure Hunt episode.
Just like in the show, the children were supposed to find a treasure of ‘Chocolate Gold Coins’ but I altered the ‘map’ and gave her pictorial clues instead. The Treasure Hunt was a part of activities at her 3rd Peppa Pig Birthday party.
Clues That Toddlers Can Recognize
My oldest, now 12, is a little artist and I was lucky to have her on hand to help. A toddler can easily recognize pictures of things around her. So we made the clues based on objects that were are very dear to her and that she could easily find on her own. You can look for easy to recognize toys and places in your home that carry a special meaning for your child.
Clue # 1 – Peppa Pig’s House
I handed the first clue to the birthday girl which was a picture of the Pig Family house. I had created the Peppa Pig house from cardboard for the party decor which she immediately recognized.
Other kids at her birthday party helped point it out to her that there was an arrow pointing to the door. So the door is where she would find the second clue!
Clue # 2 – Staircase
On opening the ‘door’ of the house, the kids found the 2nd clue as you can see below. It is a picture of the staircase in my house leading up to the rooftop terrace.
Clue # 3 – The Play Tent
On one of the steps, the kids found the next clue – a picture my daughter can recognize very easily!
It is that of her Play Tent. She calls it her Tree House because Peppa has one too.
So the birthday girl led all the guests to a covered section of our terrace where the tent is kept.
And sure enough – they found the next clue in there!
Clue # 4 – The Tricycle
The final clue inside the play tent had a picture of the birthday girl’s tricycle!
Upon a little inspection, the treasure was found hidden inside the ‘boot’!
Chocolate Gold Coins!
The older girls – Big Sis’s friends – who had come to ‘help out’ just like Peppa and her friends do at Emily Elephant’s brother’s birthday party, helped distribute the treasure evenly among all the kids.
An Easy Treasure Hunt is a Great Idea!
The birthday girl can simply not get over the Treasure Hunt experience and keeps talking about it weeks after the birthday party. All the other kids thought it was a great idea too!
Full marks for Big Sis for those realistic drawings (you can see more of her work here) but if you don’t have someone like her around, you can always cut pictures from books or take pictures of the objects and print them out using color printer. You can also keep the activity entirely indoors for a hot or a rainy day.
Toddlers will love being able to solve the easy clues on their own and enjoy the activity immensely. I hope my treasure hunt gives you ideas about creating your own!