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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!