Birthday Parties For Children



Age Level: 5 and up

Number of Players: 2 or more

What is Needed: clues in envelopes, hidden ahead of time (picture clues for nonreaders, printed clues for readers)

Type of Game: competitive or noncompetitive

Location: inside or outside


Start by telling the birthday child to look in a certain place for a clue inside an envelope. The envelope has his or her name on it. When found, it is opened by the birthday child. The clue directs all the children to another spot, where another envelope is found with another child's name on it. That child opens it. This clue directs everyone to another spot, and so on. The last clue directs the children to the treasure: a box of goodies that the birthday child opens and shares with all. Suggested treasures are lollipops, raisins, gifts, paperback books, treat bags, or bags of potato chips.


Divide the children into two teams with different clues in different spots but leading to the same treasure. The team that finds it first wins, but there are enough goodies inside to share with everyone.

Treasure Hunt Illustration


Text © Jean Marzollo, Illustrations © Irene Trivas

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