Camping Treasure Map 0 comments

Sep 12, 2012 | ,
A couple of weeks ago when we were on our camping trip, I got the chance to do a little Treasure Hunt for the kids. This was no ordinary treasure hunt — this was a hunt for some homemade ice cream!
The map and clues were made ahead of time using nothing more than a brown paper bag and some basic art supplies. Using a satellite image of the campground as a guide, I hand-drew the map using a fine-point Sharpie. I added some color using tray watercolors, then burned the edges of the paper using a lighter to give it an antique/treasure map feel. I waited until we got to the campsite before I added any details, including trees, small buildings and the ‘Xs.’

When the time finally came, it wasn’t too hard to hide the map — they had been digging in the river bank all day trying to tunnel out a cavern. So when they weren’t looking, I simply buried the bottle nearby…and waited for them to discover it.

The clue locations were marked on the treasure map with an ‘X.’ Each of the 7 numbered clues included the name of just one ingredient needed to make the ice cream. After all 7 clues were found, the pieces had to be put together like a puzzle. I let them tape the pieces together once they got it figured out. The directions to make the ice cream were cleverly written on the back side of the clues. The kids weren’t able to read all of the directions until the all clues were found and the puzzle put together.

I had everything set up and ready to go for when they returned with the ingredients and directions. They were each able to make their own bag of vanilla ice cream!

Ice Cream in a Bag
1 gallon Ziploc bag
1 pint Ziploc bag
6 tablespoons rock salt
1 cup milk or half & half
2 tablespoons sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla

  1. Fill large plastic bag halfway with ice. Add rock salt.
  2. Fill the small plastic bag with milk, sugar and vanilla. Seal the bag.
  3. Put small bag inside of large bag. Seal carefully.
  4. Shake for 5-10 minutes.
  5. Wipe salt and ice off top of small bag. Open carefully and enjoy. Aaarrgh!

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