Treasure Hunt: A Pirate Devotion

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‘The kingdom of heaven is like hidden treasure in a field. When a man found it, he hid it again. And in his joy, sold everything he had and bought that field.’ Matthew 13:44

Buried treasure? I don’t know about anyone else, but when I hear that I think of pirates! And so does my preschooler. So we had to through a little bit of pirate fun together when learning about this verse. After all no one has more joy in finding buried treasure than a pirate that has been searching the seven seas for who knows how long!

Read

We read Matthew 13:44 and also read the story out of our Jesus Storybook Bible.

Treasure Map

Then we had fun with this. Treasure Map Invitation from Days with Grey.

Treasure Hunt

Finally, we had a super simple scavenger hunt. I simply pulled some favorite books out of our book rotation bin, and put them in a box with a few craft activities, and snacks. Then I hid that box, and the hunt was on.

What you need:

  • Box
  • ‘Treasure’ (can be as simple as fruit snacks from your cupboard and new coloring pages).
  • 4-5 Index cards
  • Envelopes (optional).

What you do:

  1. Fill box with ‘treasure.’
  2. Hide box
  3. Write or draw clues on index cards that will lead your child to the ‘treasure.’ For example: clue 1 can be ‘books.’ Clue 2 will be hidden on your book shelf. Clue 2 could be shoe, so Clue 3 will be hidden in a shoe. And so on and so forth until the last clue leads to the treasure. See the video below for an example of how this may look while playing.

Have Fun

In the end just have fun with it. Focus on connection above perfection. The kingdom of heaven is found in the joy of relationship with God and one another.

What ways have you played through this story? Comment below!

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