Water Play Treasure Hunt Kids Activity at Jennifer Grace Creates

Water Play Treasure Hunt Kids Activity

(This post is part of my Refresh Your Craft & Soul Blog Event – see the beginning HERE!)

When I decided on the theme for this event I knew I wanted to do  water activity for the kids, so I planned out something to keep both of them happy…

Water Play Treasure Hunt Kids Activity at Jennifer Grace Creates

This appealed to Cheeky Boy’s love of pirates and Little Miss’ love of solving puzzles / treasure hunts!

This activity did take a while to put together, but it also kept them amused for a couple of hours, so it was worth it!

Here’s what we did…

I took a photo of one of their toy pirates, then pasted it into Microsoft Publisher to make some messages from him to the kids:

Water Play Treasure Hunt Kids Activity at Jennifer Grace Creates

Each one was rolled up and tied with twine:

Water Play Treasure Hunt Kids Activity at Jennifer Grace Creates

Then I put them into jars with foam numbers stuck on the front, I wanted them to look a bit like they were messages in bottles:

Water Play Treasure Hunt Kids Activity at Jennifer Grace Creates

Task One: Was to build an ocean for the pirate to sail across on his search for treasure. I gave them a tray filled with stones, sea creatures, glass nuggets, shells, and a few seaweedy-looking weeds:

Water Play Treasure Hunt Kids Activity at Jennifer Grace Creates

The kids had fun turning a paddling pool into an ocean, including trying to make an island with the stones and scattering the glass nuggets about as trick treasure:

Water Play Treasure Hunt Kids Activity at Jennifer Grace Creates

I’d seen a paddling pool like this turned into an ocean scene at the Momma’s Fun World blog, and I’d pinned it to remind me what a great idea it was!

Task Two: Next they needed to build a ship for the pirate. I’d piled up a bunch of sticks and I talked to Little Miss about which ones were the best shape. Then we tied them together with twine. She learnt a couple of things – that wood floats (I thought she knew that already) and how to tie a simple knot (she doesn’t normally have the patience to practice this):

Water Play Treasure Hunt Kids Activity at Jennifer Grace Creates

Cheeky boy had wandered off to find his toy boat from the bath while we were tying sticks together, but he soon abandoned it when he came back and saw our handmade boat:

Water Play Treasure Hunt Kids Activity at Jennifer Grace Creates

It was a bit wobbly but it floated!

Task Three: I’ve been wanting to do an ice excavation activity for a while, since reading THIS POST at Crumbums, though that one was on a much larger scale! So task three was to rescue a turtle and a seahorse from an iceberg.

I put the small toys into an old takeaway plastic container and put enough water in to half-cover them. I mixed in a bit of blue food colouring and glitter to make it magical:

Water Play Treasure Hunt Kids Activity at Jennifer Grace Creates

This went in the freezer overnight, then the next day I filled the container to the top, adding more food colouring and glitter again, and put it back in the freezer. You have to do it in two stages like this or the toys just float to the top!

When it came out of the freezer for the task it looked like this:

Water Play Treasure Hunt Kids Activity at Jennifer Grace Creates

I armed the kids with water pistols and they set to work:

Water Play Treasure Hunt Kids Activity at Jennifer Grace Creates

Little Miss loved this challenge (she keeps telling everyone about it) even though she soon got bored of squirting them and kept tapping the ice with the gun instead. I was trying to stop her doing that though as I was worried some ice would fly off into her eye, I might need to get them some goggles before we do this again:

Water Play Treasure Hunt Kids Activity at Jennifer Grace Creates

Task Four: This was a clue with directions to find the treasure. It told them to go South so we talked about where the sun was in the sky and how we could tell which way to go. They found the treasure easily after that:

Water Play Treasure Hunt Kids Activity at Jennifer Grace Creates

And finally they got their reward… we all shared a few sweets:

Water Play Treasure Hunt Kids Activity at Jennifer Grace Creates

Which made them smile a lot!

Be Inspired:

Use pirate or ocean themed products for your next project

Plan a list of activities for some kids or for yourself – scrapbook challenges that must be completed in order?!

Tie a bundle of things together with bakers twine

What do you think, would you like to go treasure hunting?!

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I’ll see you again in an hour!

Jennifer x

P.S. I’m linking this up to the Tuesday Pintorials Linky Party!

28 Comments
  • What a fantastic, original way to spend fun time with the kids.

    June 7, 2014 at 1:04 pm
  • Jennifer, this is brilliant. I now wish mine were small again!! These are the things that children remember when they are growing up and to think you made all the fun for them…great stuff x x

    June 7, 2014 at 1:32 pm
  • Annie
    Reply

    How much fun was this – your kids are lucky to have such a fun Mum! It would be a lovely idea for a kids’ party too :o)

    June 7, 2014 at 2:53 pm
  • mandysea
    Reply

    ha ha! I’m coming to your house to play!!!!
    How fabulous! Both your children are using so many thought provoking and sensory skills while having so much fun…just marvellous

    June 7, 2014 at 3:54 pm
  • This is such a wonderful,well planned activity to do with the kids……I bet you could just change the messages a little bit for another couple of hours of fun. They must have learned so much as well.

    June 7, 2014 at 5:00 pm
  • Frances
    Reply

    They will remember this forever! So well done. I love treasure hunts!

    June 7, 2014 at 5:29 pm
  • I love this treasure hunt. I just wish my kids were small enough to try something like it.

    June 7, 2014 at 5:34 pm
  • What a great idea! I’m actually participating in a photography scavenger hunt this summer – it is FUN to hunt!

    June 7, 2014 at 5:46 pm
  • This is amazing!!! I want to come over and play 🙂

    June 7, 2014 at 6:51 pm
  • Sarah
    Reply

    I can see from the pics how much they loved this and great to see you all enjoying your lovely new garden.

    June 7, 2014 at 8:00 pm
  • eeeekkk this is so darn cute. a really lovely idea xx

    June 7, 2014 at 8:10 pm
  • LOVE this idea, especially with the ice-bergs!

    June 7, 2014 at 8:15 pm
  • barb macaskill
    Reply

    WOW! My grandsons would absolutely love to do this! I am going to get busy and start getting things together so that when they come up again I am ready for them! Thank you so much for sharing this amazing activity! My grandsons will love you for it!

    June 7, 2014 at 8:18 pm
  • such a clever idea looks like you all had a wonderful time

    June 7, 2014 at 8:44 pm
  • This is such a fun idea! I wish my kids were little again!

    June 7, 2014 at 8:46 pm
  • Jen
    Reply

    I’m sure they were over the moon with this one! Fun!

    June 7, 2014 at 10:45 pm
  • Gemma Steele
    Reply

    Such a fun idea! Think id enjoy this as much as the kids 🙂

    June 7, 2014 at 10:53 pm
  • This is so creative! I love it!

    June 8, 2014 at 2:13 am
  • Oh my goodness this was so creative! Such a pleasure to see someone actually using some of their Pins, too, lol 😀 My 2 year old grandson is so into pirates…

    June 8, 2014 at 4:22 am
  • Lindsay
    Reply

    Honestly, this looks like the kind of activity I’d have a blast taking part in with kids! It’s such a creative idea!

    June 8, 2014 at 8:20 am
  • Lol….I bet they loved this!

    June 8, 2014 at 2:12 pm
  • What an amazing Treasure Hunt you devised there and some great scrappable photos

    June 8, 2014 at 4:57 pm
  • Karen Schroeder
    Reply

    Fantastic ideas! Love the clues! I’m starting geocaching so I guess I do look for treasure.

    June 8, 2014 at 7:39 pm
  • That is SUCH a fun project…and so well thought out. Bet the children were delighted.

    June 8, 2014 at 8:46 pm
  • Just BRILLIANT – so inventive, clever,educational and above all FUN!

    June 9, 2014 at 10:45 am
  • Awesome!

    June 9, 2014 at 11:21 am
  • Janet
    Reply

    What a great idea and your kids are adorable!!!

    June 9, 2014 at 1:11 pm
  • Eileen
    Reply

    This is amazing! I love this activity. Thank you for linking it with us! #pintorials

    June 13, 2014 at 11:16 pm

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