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Grocery Bag Treasure Map


A special object
Paper grocery bags
Ribbon cut in 1’ (30 cm) lengths


What to do
1. Divide the children into two groups. Ask the first group to hide a special object (the treasure) in
the classroom while the second group is not looking.
2. Working with the first group, cut down the sides and around the bottom of a paper grocery
bag. Flatten to form a large rectangle. Trim edges and corners to make the bag look like an
authentic map.
3. Invite the children in the first group to draw the classroom, then mark an "x" where the treasure
is hidden. They may need your help with this.
4. Turn the map over. Tape the ribbon about 2" (5 cm) from the edge of the map at the midpoint
of its short side. Roll the map up and tie it closed with the ribbon.
5. Have the children in the first group present the map to the children in the second group. Then
invite the children in the second group to follow the map to find the hidden treasure.
6. If the children enjoy the game, they can switch sides and group two can hide the treasure and
create the map.
More to do
Math: Older children can count paces or measure distances. Hide several treasures and number
their locations, then have the children look for them in sequence.
Book: The GIANT Encyclopedia of Art & Craft Activities for Children 3 to 6
Center: Science/Discovery/Nature
Topic: Maps
Content: Social Studies
Area: Cognitive
Age: Kindergarten
Interaction: Small Group

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