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!