Instructions and clues are provided for four people, or pairs, so that all are not
looking for the same treasure at the same time. The participants must not take or move treasures that belong to another team. All must agree to follow this rule.
Buy and wrap your treasures before your trip, using a different colored paper for each team. (I used Christmas paper with different colored backgrounds.) Tape the tags provided onto each treasure as you wrap, so that you will be able to hide them in the right places. When you arrive, hide the prizes while the participants are out for a short walk on the beach.
Give each person, or pair, a large beach bag to hold their treasures. The first clue can be taped to an index card which is wrapped in the matching paper so that each one will know which treasures to find. Or, you may wish to hide the first clue in a balloon that is the same color as their treasures. Younger children may want to open each prize as they find them, but our older ones did it as a race and opened everything in the end.
When it's time to go to bed,
This is where you lay your head.
Glue on an index card or...
I love to make your popcorn pop,
And even "beep" you when I stop.
Tape this clue to a small flashlight.
Hide this prize on a pillow of the bed.
If you find that you don't have a corresponding hiding place, such as, the house does not have a microwave, let the players know beforehand to get those prizes in a designated place. Also tell them not to pick up their treasures out of order, or they may not be able to find all their clues and hidden treasures.
Tear off this end of the clues as you hide the treasures.
When you see me, you often stare,
And many times you fix your hair.
Tape this clue to a comb or brush.
Hide this prize in the microwave.
Tape this clue to a pack of pop corn.
I spin and tumble all around,
Until you hear my "buzzing" sound.
Hide this prize at a mirror.
When the room is not very bright,
Turn one on for a little light.
Hide this prize on the clothes dryer.
Tape this clue to a beach towel.
The treasures listed are only examples and you may choose to use any prizes suitable for your age groups. Other ideas might include favorite snack packs, small sand and water toys, sea shell picture frames, sun hats and games.