I collect coins that are in my pockets at the end of each day, and eventually count and roll them. When our children were fairly young, I’d keep the pennies in a big brass antique-looking container that looked like a large squat goblet with an over-sized bowl.
Rather than occasionally count and roll the pennies, Beloved and I found a fun and educational way to deal with all of them. We asked our three young children if they’d like to go on a Treasure Hunt, and they all responded with an enthusiastic “YES!!”
So we told them we’d hidden a treasure along with a whole bunch of clues to help them to try to find it. We said we’d give the first clue to them after they agreed to some simple rules:
“Some clues are for Little Sister, some are for Younger Brother, and some were for Older Brother. Whoever the question is for must be given a few minutes to answer the question without help or hints, and if after that time the others can begin giving hints until the clue is found.” They all agreed.
The clues were spread throughout our house and front and back yards, and they varied in level of difficulty for each child, and in some cases we tried to include clues to which only one of the children would know the answer.Clues might be along these lines:
Where you found the old bird’s nest last month.
Where you keep the leather thing you catch balls with.
Between pages 22 and 23 of Dad’s favorite book (or the book that Mom is reading.)
Underneath something that gives us light in the living room.
Wrapped around the thing we mash potatoes with.
In the pocket of your favorite shirt.
Wrapped around the handle of something we dig SMALL holes with.
It’s red and you get pulled in it.
We then provided a single clue which would lead them to another clue and so on through about 20 clues, and only the last one would lead them to the Treasure of the brass container full of pennies.
It was fun for us to come up with the clues and then watch our children work together to answer all the clues.
The kids loved the game and enjoyed dividing up their booty when at last they found their treasure.