Try to remember what it was like to be a child. Do you remember going on an Easter egg hunt when you were younger? Do you remember the feeling of “discovering” what candy you had in your bag after Halloween and eating it all? Do you have fond memories of the thrill of receiving gifts on Christmas morning?.
Have you ever gotten together with your pals and gone on any kind of “treasure hunting”? You may have heard a tale about a hidden chest that contained the stolen money from a bank robbery. It may have been a prize from pirates. Or the Lost Dutchman Mine, which was the case in my search.
Treasure hunts are a lot of fun for children. They delight in finding new things. They get a thrill out of uncovering a secret. Why not take advantage of that natural drive and curiosity and offer them the chance to develop their creativity, devotion to purpose, critical thinking abilities, and feeling of resolve by having them participate in treasure hunting?
It is important to tailor both the sort of treasure they are searching for as well as the style of hunting to their ages and interests. It is possible to foster in younger children the desire to participate in family activities by disguising a “treasure” comprised of treats, toys, and other little items in various parts of the home.
The discovery of a beginning clue in an antique book that leads to more clues buried around the home and, finally, to the location of the cache is really exciting.
On a trip with the family to a local park or picnic area, one option is to provide older children with their own metal detector to use throughout the trip. When they are old enough, supply a few books and periodicals that have accounts of “actual” riches that have been lost or buried near your house, and devise a plan for your family to “go after it.”
Once they have caught the treasure hunting bug, you will notice that they will be much more interested in planning and preparing for the next outing, and less likely to be “idle,” which, as we all know, can lead to some activities that are “less than desirable.” Once they have the bug, you will see that they will be much more interested in planning and preparing for the next outing.
Treasure hunting, on the other hand, is not limited to the search for just misplaced or buried artifacts. Gold panning (or nugget shooting, or sniping, or mossing, or sluicing, or high banking, or dredging), bottle hunting, rock hounding, or even just walking around old ghost towns can spark that sense of curiosity and wonder that can develop into a life-long passion for “the hunt.” [Citation needed] [Citation needed] [Citation needed] [Citation needed] [Citation needed] [Citation needed]
How do we get things rolling? Make it clear that you are interested. You should have a few books lying around that include tales and activities related to treasure seeking, and you should be reading one of those books right now. Ask them whether they have ever heard of a “treasure” that is located in the area. Inquire if any of their other friends have ever mentioned it.
Request that they read the article and see if they arrive at any of the same conclusions that you have. Begin making plans to seek it on your own, and include them in the process of making those preparations. They are more likely to get interested in something themselves if you show them that you are interested in it.
And that brings us to the point.
Encourage them to come up with their own ideas and come up with their own motivation to “go for it.” Make sure that your first trip is one that they will remember fondly by giving them something to take away with them, even if it’s as simple as stopping for burgers and shakes on the way back.
Discuss “the next time” as well as the things you will do differently in order to get closer to locating it. Instill in your audience a sense of eager expectation for the “next adventure.” Treasure hunting, in all of its guises, is an excellent activity for families to engage in together since it has the potential to create memories that will last a lifetime.
And who knows, maybe you’re bringing up the next Mel Fischer, who may one day unearth a long-lost treasure trove filled with enormous riches. Who knows? There is no moment more suitable than the present to get started.