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Toddler treasure hunt – fundraising idea

I prepared a scavenger hunt for N’s party back in May which we didn’t use, but obviously have treasure hunts and the like on my mind, as when N’s nursery school were looking for fund raising ideas, I put a treasure hunt forward. It was obviously something a bit different for them, and everyone was really excited about it.

Last Sunday was the date, and luckily (after some very dubious weather on the Saturday), it was a beautiful day. I had been in charge of doing the treasure hunt sheets. I decided on a photo style hunt, where we had photos of places in the village that people had to find, and then mark on the map route where they’d spotted them. As I don’t know the village itself that well, it was a bit of a team effort, with the chair of the committee taking photos for me, me pulling it together and then having to check I’d got the order right.

The idea was to charge a nominal fee for children to do the treasure hunt, and they’d get a small prize for completing it. Alongside that, and to encourage more of the village along, we did a village bakery…well posh coffee and cakes. So the night before I was baking having changed my mind from a lemon cake (I wanted to do Nigella’s lemon and polenta cake but realised it doesn’t look pretty, and really needs a fork to eat it!), to Nigella’s Guinness gingerbread.

set up for the treasure hunt

We decorated the village hall with bunting (yes, my trusty handmade bunting was put to good use again), gorgeous flowers picked from one of the committee’s garden in glasses vases. With a couple of tables of cakes, a good coffee machine, it was really lovely for people to sit, relax and eat.

treasure hunt welcome
sweet pea flowers
white allum flowers

With the weather being nice, there was a good number of families doing the treasure hunt. In fact so many that we ran out of prize medals. Oops. Note for next time, always get more than you think as they’ll always get used again another time. Luckily no one was too worried about that as there were cakes to be had. Lots of people commented how nice a walk it was, and a lovely idea to do something a bit different with the children. So all good feedback.

N went and did the treasure hunt with his best friend L and his family. Luckily N always seems to behave well with others, so it sounded like they had a lovely time spotting all the photos. Knowing N, he probably told them all about driving the combine or tractor as one path took them right by where he’s been taken to see the men working!

toddler friends

For him it was lovely to spend time out of nursery with his friend (think he grabbed himself a surrogate dad for the morning!), and for me I loved being involved with other people from the village and getting to know parents with children who’ll be at school with N (hopefully). Living just outside the village, we don’t tend to get that involved, and I’m not usually dropping off or picking up with the other parents, so it was great to have time to chat and get to know them.

N was very proud of his medal, although I think the cake topped his favourite thing on the day.

excited about his winning medal

We made the money we needed to for the fundraising, and it went down a treat. So if you’re looking for a fundraising idea, it’s definitely worth thinking about.

I love gingerbread, and it was one of the first people were buying, so definitely a good traybake for events and afternoon tea.

guinness gingerbread
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  1. This sounds like such a great idea, well done for pulling it together! It looks like a fab way to meet people from the village too. We have recently moved to a small village so now I have my thinking cap on!! #magicmoments

    1. Ooh definitely get involved with something. Ours does a lot of BBQs and fetes and things, but I never hear about them as we don’t get the free village leaflet as we’re outside the village. At least being involved in nursery school means I can do things like this

  2. A very nice idea indeed! Treasure hunt always makes kids go excited as I saw this game played in the library before. Kids are just interested in clues and finding the answer =) #countrykids

  3. Such a great community event and a chance to get to know some of villagers and parents. I’m not surprised the treasure hunt went down well – it sounded like lots of fun. Thanks for linking up and sharing your sunny fun with Country Kids.

    1. Thanks for stopping by Fiona. It was a lovely event, and I was very relieved it went well, as I’d proposed it as an idea. Went down well, and raised what we needed which is always good.

    1. It was really helped by the weather. I think everything was hoping, and we were lucky it was a beautiful day. Thanks for stopping by

  4. Sounds like a good day was had by all, gingerbread looks yummy too! I organised a photo treasure hunt once before and I think I had just as much fun creating it as those who did it. #countrykids

    1. I think you can get quite hooked on doing them. Although this was a little confusing, as I didn’t know the whole route they’d done for the photos they’d taken. Definitely good fun though – and rewarding to see everyone enjoy it.
      Thanks for stopping by

  5. Loving the deep pinkness (is that a word?) of the sweet peas and the gingerbread looks delicious! Looks like everyone had fun. We have done a treasure hunt in our village and it’s a great way for everyone to be out and about. #countrykids

    1. They’re definitely good fun, and good for team working as well. Our school/nursery fund raising’s aways been a bit dependent on large events like fetes, sales, getting Joules/Boden sales etc, but actually this was probably a lot less hassle and work for everyone (although getting printing done was the hardest – can’t really do it at my work now as I’m at a company that’s all about reducing waste, so had to do a bit of negotiating in Staples. Colour printing is not cheap)

  6. Well done! Wonderful idea for an event and it raised the funs too. I’m taking note of the cake suggestion. I bet you all put your feet up afterwards. #CountryKids

    1. Definitely try the cake if you like gingerbread. It was so moist with the sour cream and guinness, without being too sticky. Delicious!

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