I love to set up treasure hunts because it’s awesome and fun. But did you know you can actually use them to help kids work on social skills?
What social skills can a kid work on by doing a treasure hunt?
It’s a great way to work on picking up on clues around us. It’s also wonderful practice for kids to work cooperatively, take turns, and problem solve.
Why do kids need to be able to pick up on social clues?
Kids need to practice picking up on clues from others in different social scenarios. For instance, they need to be able to pick up on the social rules for playgrounds and at recess. They need to understand that they shouldn’t walk through a basketball game or cut the line in a four square game. What are the social rules for swings? Where do you wait for your turn to go on the swings?
It’s also helpful for kids to be able to pick up on clues in school. If all the kids in class are sitting quietly working in their math book, your child would benefit from picking up on those clues, take out their math book, look at the board for page numbers and start working.
My kids often ask me to set up treasure hunts for them, so I created a printable treasure hunt to make set up easier and quicker. While they were doing homework, I wrote in the specific spots where to find the clues – on clue #1, I wrote the location of clue #2, on clue #2, I wrote the location of clue #3, etc. Then I hung the clues all over the house and set up a treasure to find at the end. In order to make it easier to locate a clue, I also put a color hint on the clue.