Unlike in years past, this year I came up with a fun activity for the children at the party in plenty of time to prepare.
The hunt began with a collection bag containing the first clue:
To begin your treasure quest,
find the airplane with the name of each guest.
Follow the picture clues from there.
(Help from a grown-up is perfectly fair!)
In the clip of each plane was a simple photograph of the garden gnome which the children had to find in his hiding place under a tree.
The gnome's clue read:
Take a mushroom and under the cap
is the next clue which you need to unwrap
(The mushrooms were made of clipped branches of the hedge laurel in our front yard and felted sweater rounds with needle felted spots.)
Inside the stem of the mushrooms was a simple photograph of the scarecrow hidden behind the rose bushes.
The scarecrow's clue read:
One tossing ring is for you.
This picture clue is too!
(The toss rings are heavy wooden rings with various ribbons attached...great for fancy flights.)
The photo on the scarecrow's clue was of the treasure chest (hidden under a nearby table.)
Inside the chest read:
Congratulations, your hunt is done
Choose a crown and go have more fun!
The bags, in the end, were filled with the little planes, the mushrooms, the wood & ribbon toss rings and the felted crowns. Really, it wasn't nearly as much work as one might think :)