I read on a message board that had posted my link that one mom was disappointed that I don’t have more non-art activities, so here you go! This is St. Patrick’s Day gold hunt is mess-free, fun, and so easy to make more challenging for older children, or easy as pie for the little guys. My son and I played this from the time he got up from nap until dinner was on the table. I have a feeling we’ll be playing it tomorrow too! Oh and if there is something specific you would like to see us try- let me know I am always open to new things.
- Gather your materials. To set up your St. Patrick’s Day gold hunt, you will need some play coins, a marker, and a green piece of paper. *For really little guys instead of the paper you can just use a change purse and simply have them hunt for the coins.
- Trace the coins on the paper
- Fill in the numbers, we are doing 10 coins but customize this for your child, more or less whatever works. Make it challenging but not impossible. Having the numbers offers up different options for how to play. You can simply hunt for the coins, and then place them on the numbers. You can hunt for them, then have your child specifically put them on the number you designate. I tried both and my son liked to choose which numbers to pop the coin on, then count them and start over.
- Hide the gold. Can you see it in my picture? Make it obvious at first. With little guys, make sure it’s in plain view. The goal isn’t to be a better hider than they are a finder. It’s for them to find them feel pride in it, then tag on a little math too!
- Go searching for the lucky gold.
- Count your gold, and then start again!
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