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Easy Outdoor Team Games for Kids


Treasure Map
Make a treasure map to lead your friends to buried treasure.
Make a treasure map to lead your friends to buried treasure.
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Pirates aren't the only ones who make and follow treasure maps. Bury "treasure" in your yard and then create a map for your friends to follow.

Making the map is just as entertaining as looking for the treasure, but it's also fun to watch your friends try to read your map and follow your directions to find the buried treasure.

Get enough people involved to make two teams and trade maps. The first team to uncover the other's treasure is the winner!

What You'll Need

  • Objects to hide (for the treasure)
  • Brown paper
  • Markers and crayons
  • Twine or rubber bands

How to Make a Treasure Map:

Step 1: Choose the treasure to bury (such as a small toy).

Step 2: Hide the treasure in your yard; you can bury it, put it in some bushes, or place it under a rock. If you are digging in your backyard, be sure to ask permission first!

Step 3: Use a piece of brown paper -- part of a paper grocery bag will work -- to create a map of your yard. The map will show where the treasure is hidden.

Step 4: Put a large X on the map where you hid the treasure. Include the number of paces (footsteps) from place to place, such as from an oak tree to large rock to gate to treasure.

Step 5: Roll the map up, and tie it with twine so it looks like a real treasure map. Then give the map to a friend or the other team. Who'll be the first to find the hidden treasure?

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