Hiding Treats Game for Kids

May 16, 2016

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Around Spring and Summer time my kids almost live outdoors. With the nice temperatures there come water play days, riding bikes or toy cars, blowing bubbles and lots of games. My kids love playing tag, “Red Light, Green Light” and Hide and Seek.  Today I am showing you a game that is similar to Hide and Seek or Easter Egg hunting, but with an even bigger prize at the end, and I like to call this game Hiding Treats.

For this game all you need is some paper or note cards, and an envelope with their names on it, a writing utensil and some prizes you think your children would enjoy. I had some toys stuffed away that I bought here and there and went to Walgreens for the other treat.

I went to my local Walgreens  without the kids (so they wouldn’t see the treats I bought) and came upon the Gum & Mint aisle near the front checkout of the store and found Extra® Gum Spearmint and Extra® Gum Polar Ice®. Once picking these out I was pleased to learn that these new Extra® 35-stick pack gums featured more gum, had durable and recyclable packaging and could easily be shared among my kids (and adults if needed). I liked the “Give Extra, Get Extra” idea to the candy and thought it would be perfect for the game so I grabbed a few packs.

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To prepare for the game I determined that the game would begin outside (weather permitting). I assessed the backyard for places I could possibly hide the toys with Extra® Gum Spearmint and Extra® Gum Polar Ice® new Extra® 35-stick pack gums and set out to work drawing out the specific places I would hide the treats. As you can see in the photo below I selected items that we have plenty of outside: from a bike, tree, car to table. I made sure to pick places for hiding that would be easy to mid-range as we have more trees than anything so I deemed trees as being the hiding place for our oldest child to look around.

 

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Next, I placed these cards in an envelope and labeled my children’s names on top of them.

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Then I set out to hide the treats in their designated locations for the child they corresponded too.

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Hiding at the table was a Queens light up wand and Extra® Gum Spearmint for our Elizabeth.

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Behind one of our trees to the side of our house I hid the Extra® Gum Spearmint and a Anna and Elsa sketch pad for Nevaeh (our oldest).

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For one of our boys, Xander, I hid some binoculars and Extra® Gum Polar Ice® under a tricycle bike.

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Finally I hid some binoculars and Extra® Gum Polar Ice® in a Cozy Coupe Little Tikes car for my other son Max.

Once all the treats were hidden, I explained the rules of the game and handed out the envelopes to the children as labeled and allowed them time to open up their envelopes. I explained what was on their cards to begin their search. I didn’t tell them what they would find or where specifically, but I just explained that there would be surprises or treats.  I offered help in suggesting areas of the yard to look. Because there are so many trees my eldest became frustrated after searching most of them and not finding hers, so I suggested an area of trees to the side of the house for her to look around. With excitement she spotted hers and all frustrations were gone.

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I love their surprise faces and enjoyed watching them find and marvel at their “treats.”

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What games do you like to play with your children? If you don’t have kids what are some games or activities you like to do outside in the Spring and Summer?

 

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  • Tif May 16, 2016 at 12:45 am

    Such a cute idea! And I love the looks on their faces!

    Tif
    http://www.brightonabudget.com

  • Curtis B. Olivarez May 16, 2016 at 5:14 am

    Nice post!

  • Becky @ bybmg May 16, 2016 at 9:49 am

    This is so fun! Anything to get them out and about!!

  • Sarah B May 16, 2016 at 10:48 am

    This is such a cute idea! My mom used to create these huge scavenger hunts for me, and I would love to do that for my daughter but, it’s super time consuming. This is easy and FUN!! And what a special treat! #client