Treasure hunt!!! My second grader had so much fun creating her own map and then using it for a super silly backyard treasure hunt! Such a fun way to build map skills for kids. We talked about landmarks, worked on labeling and practiced map making all in one great activity!

Build map skills with this super fun DIY backyard treasure hunt.

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Materials for the Backyard Map Making Treasure Hunt

  • Paper
  • Writing Utensils

When I first told Jaida that we were going to make a map, she wasn’t exactly thrilled.

That may be an understatement…

She thought that meant that she needed to include every possible detail about our yard and house.

So, I clarified and we agreed that she could just choose the more generic things like the road, the big tree in front, the driveway, garage, etc.

She has a great tendency to be a perfectionist.

In the end she drew a fabulous map (which I didn’t get a clear picture of because we were having too much fun…)

Build map skills with this super fun DIY backyard treasure hunt.

She even included the not-so-secret Secret Hideout in the backyard. And she included landmarks like the front stoop.

Build map skills with this super fun DIY backyard treasure hunt.

After she was finished drawing we decided to have a treasure hunt.

Only she wanted to hide the treasure.

And find the treasure.

Not quite sure how that works…

Build map skills with this super fun DIY backyard treasure hunt.

She had a blast following her map to find where she had hidden her treasures.

Which happened to be black pom poms.

Build map skills with this super fun DIY backyard treasure hunt.

Then she decided to hide them again, so that her older sisters could test out her treasure map.

She must have done a terrific job because they found all the treasures!

Jaida really loved working on map skills with this activity because it involved drawing, which she would do all day long if I would let her.

We also worked on spelling by labeling the various parts of the map.

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Kim Staten is a mother of four children ages 20, 19, 16, and 12. Kim has taught at the preschool, kindergarten and early elementary levels for 16 years. With extensive experience working with special needs children, including her own children with special needs (Rett Syndrome, autism, anxiety, and ADHD), she creates hands-on curricula and activities that are great for working with children of all abilities in the classroom and at home. Hands-on, accessible activities are her passion. 

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