TARGET GROUPS

For everyone

Treasure Hunters can be used in many different situations and settings. Playing the game is stimulating and effective for all ages: children, youngsters and adults alike. It can be played one-on-one but also in groups. Please scroll down for further information per setting.

It can be used as a party game, but it also has coaching, therapeutic, stimulating and preventive value. Besides, even without any coaching experience you can play the game just fine.

At home

Officially, the game is designed for children between the ages of seven to seventeen. But if you are a bit younger, or a lot older, no problem! You’ll love it anyway. The questions, chores and rules are such that every child from the age of seven can play the whole game. We even dare to say that, after a few goes, nearly all children older than ten can play the game amongst each other, without supervision.

It is truly wonderful to play this game together with your kid(s). You will notice how it deepens and strengthens your connection. Isn’t it nice, when you can let your child know what is so great about him or her? And the good thing about Treasure Hunters is that you also discover other characteristics besides the ones you already knew. On top of that, hearing how your child sees you and the rest of the family is an amazing gift. Because the game is all build on positive treasure cards and chore cards, playing it makes everybody happy.

We, as adults, have also played the game with people of our own age and older. And despite the fact that these players were not exactly part of the targeted group, it certainly resulted in the same level of group connection. Back and forth, players made the most beautiful and touching discoveries.

In your coaching practice

The ‘standard’ way of playing Treasure Hunters is already perfect to use in your coaching practice - both as an introduction and further along the coaching or counseling trajectory. You will find that your professional skills enable you to dive deep into the answers given, so that you can quickly get to know your coachee in a playful and informal way.

One of the most successful ingredients of the game is how lighthearted and playful it feels, while at the same time offering the most beautiful open conversations and insights.

You can…

Let the coachee be the only one to draw, pick and complete cards.

Play along as a coach by drawing only chore cards, no treasure cards.

As a coach you could also draw treasure cards and hand them to your coachee if you think they suit his or her personality.

Create a special place on the table where your coachee can put those treasure cards that he or she would like to develop.

Make a pre-selection of a certain category of chore cards that you would like to explore with your coachee

Have the parents play along, so that you gain insight into family dynamics

Have brothers and sisters join the game, so that you gain additional insight into family dynamics.

 

Let fictional characters join the game by giving them a tangible shape (e.g. a doll, wooden pawn etc.) and handing them a set of treasure cards as well.

One-on-one counseling

One of the most successful ingredients of the game is how lighthearted and playful it feels, while at the same time offering the most beautiful open conversations and insights.

Treasure Hunters is used for many different forms of one-on-one counseling, such as: remedial teaching, (ortho-) pedagogics, play therapy, speech therapy, integrative therapy, child psychology, psychomotor therapy, and for other children and adolescent professionals. But the game is also successfully deployed within the educational system, such as with school counseling or in-school support.

If you play Treasure Hunters with a client/student, you can join the game for instance by also taking and completing chore cards.

Treasure Hunters can also be successfully used for smaller groups, for instance as part of a training.

You can make a pre-selection of certain chore and/or treasure cards.

You can play the game using only one specific category of chore cards.

You can let your client/student take a treasure card and ask him or her if it suits their personality.

The excavated treasures can be used in a practical and solution-oriented way, for instance by focusing on that one treasure that is most likely to help your client/student reach his or her desired goals.

In class

Treasure Hunters is a fantastic game to play in class or during group trainings! Even in between things, when you only have fifteen minutes to spare. Because the players get to know each other, it will certainly strengthen and deepen the communal bond.

Because the game only focuses on positive treats, it will greatly enhance constructive group dynamics.

You can play Treasure Hunters in its original format by splitting the group up in smaller sections, but you can also use the method below for larger groups (up to 30 players). Please find an extensive suggestion on how to play the entire game with the entire group at the bottom of this page. We advise you and your group to start exploring Treasure Hunters in an easy manner, which you can do as follows:

Please start with reading our pedagogical tips for playing with groups of children:

Play the game swiftly, so that all children stay motivated and are most likely to respond from their intuition.

Focus only on the positive.

At times you can boost the game, for instance by naming a child whom you think has not received enough treasures yet.

And then…. let the game begin!

Make a pre-selection of chore cards and treasure cards based on age, interest or theme.

Make a pre-selection of chore cards and treasure cards based on age, interest or theme.

 

 
With the treasure cards:

With the treasure cards:
Treasure of the day/week: Each day or each week, work with one specific treasure card and focus on that personality trait within yourself or the other. What is it? How does it show? When can you use it? When did you use it?

 

Parents can use social media to choose another treasure for their child.

   
With the chore cards
   

Chore card of the day: Draw a chore card and ask that question not only to the child, but also to yourself. Elaborate on it together. Come back to it during the day.

 

You can have the children discuss any amount of chore cards in smaller groups, and let everyone answer the questions given on the cards.

In the circle

Choose five treasure cards that you find comprehensible for your group of kids. In order to enlarge their vocabulary you could also pick four simple cards and one that is more difficult. Make sure that you choose really different ones at least. Name a treasure and have the children in your group explain what it means to them. This practice is excellent for the verbal language skills of the children, and also interesting for you to hear how they interpret the treasure.

Finally, let each child pick the one treasure that describes his or her personality best.

‘Stand up if you are good at… (call the treasure card).’

 

 

‘Point your finger at someone who is really good at… (call the treasure card).’

‘Stand up if you still have problems with… (call the treasure card).’ This practice helps the children to develop a realistic self-image and lets them know that is is perfectly fine to have things that you are not very good at.

And finally: choose the treasure the describes you the best

How to play the whole game with the whole group

Put all the names in one pot

 

 

Give each child two treasure cards

Let that child take a chore card

Let those four children complete the given chore

 

And finally, have all four children take two new treasure cards and hand each of those to the child that it fits the best. The two children that receive a new treasure card, hand in one that is already in their collection so that everyone in the group still has a total of two cards.

 

For the children it is best if everyone gets to complete a chore card at least once. By having four children play with the same card, this is certainly manageable. You will see how beautiful the connections become! It is also possible to let each child have more than two treasure cards, just remember that you only have a total of 107 treasure cards to divide.

You can also chose to give treasure cards only to children in their own group, or boys to girls etc. If you are a treasure-hunting teacher, we would love to hear about your favorite game methods!

For toddlers

Can you go on a treasure hunt even with toddlers and very young children? You bet! Have a look at the treasure cards holding only one key to see which ones you think your toddlers will understand. Have the same critical look at the chore cards. Most of them will probably be appropriate, but in the end you know your toddler or children in class best.

A few extra suggestions on how to play with the treasure cards for this target group.

Together, you can look for images of someone using or displaying a specific treasure.

 

You can (have the children) look for the image of an animal particularly good at a specific treasure.

The children can enact a certain treasure in their doll corner.