The Treasure Hunt of Love –
This Valentine’s tradition combines the fun of a scavenger hunt/treasure hunt with the sweetness of showing love and appreciation. The best part is the child love’s tank is filled while praising character qualities instead of “talents.”
Last year, I had so much fun brainstorming this treasure hunt when I did this. You can make it as easy or complicated as you choose. Cut four or five hearts out of red or pink construction paper, label them 1 to 5 on the backside, and write a clue on the front that describes something you love about the recipient, but at the same time, leads them to a spot where they will find the next clue.
“I love your cheerfulness in the morning, even before you have had your breakfast. I love when you choose joy, so choose it now and find Clue #2.”
“I admire the diligence you showed in order to get an A in Chemistry. Where is the last place you left your Chemistry book?”
“You have such a big, kind heart when you help your little brother pick up his puzzles .” (The clue may be then hidden where you store the puzzles.)
“Your great attitude and sportsmanship at basketball games make the whole family proud of you.” (Clue might be with his basketball jersey.)
The first clue can be hidden under a pillow, placed on the breakfast plate or taped to the bathroom mirror. Of course, the last clue of the treasure hunt leads them to a present or a treat you have prepared for them.
One year, I made up a corny poetic clue for each “station.” The kids had to figure it out before they headed on to the next destination, and “no,” I don’t think you want to hear it…although it did rhyme quite nicely, thank you (And I admit, one of the things they had to do in order to get the next clue was to scrub the toilet…hee hee.)
You know if wouldn’t be my family if there hadn’t been some bedlam; the cat and the dog both wanted in on the Valentine’s Day treasure hunt. Yes, the dog got the “treasure.” Right out of my daughter’s hand.