Arrr! It’s time for a treasure hunt!


Get your little pirates ready for an afternoon of treasure hunting. We are going to make a treasure map, complete with an X to mark the spot.

This map is a good one for 4- 7 years old. If you want to add a degree of difficulty have your child map out their room, or your backyard, or even your local park! This would be great fun for a birthday party. You could hide the “treasure” (presents) and have the child has to search them out. You could even have the guests create their own treasure maps to take home with them.

Things you will need…

  • Rusty Pickle’s Dead Man’s Chest paper
  • Karen Foster’s Pirate rub ons
  • Cat’s eye chalk for distressing
  • Spray bottle
  • Glue stick
  • toilet paper roll

Cut out a 7.75 x 7.75″ square of the paper making sure to keep the corner with the words “treasure map”. Using your spray bottle filled with water, squirt the paper once or twice. Wad the paper up in a ball and then flatten out and set aside to dry.

While that is drying, let’s go ahead and make the map holder. Measure your toilet paper roll and cut from the paper left overs a piece that will fit all the way around. Then take your toilet paper roll and apply glue stick to one side and begin to wrap your paper around it, applying glue stick as you go.  With the other scrap piece of paper, you are going to cut a 1 1/2″ stripe that will go all the way around your roll. We are going to be using the opposite side of the paper for this piece. Cut out the skull and crossbones from the rub on sheets and apply the rub on to the middle of your 1 1/2″ strip. Glue the strip around the middle of your roll.

Your treasure map should be dry by now. It will have some nice wrinkles that will catch the chalks well. Using your cat’s eye chalk, rub gentle over the surface of the map. Only the areas with wrinkles will catch the color. This gives it an additional distressed look.

Carefully cut out the pirate ship, trail and x from the sheet of rub ons. You will now decide where your treasure is hidden and add the x to the right spot. Gently apply the rub ons to your treasure map.

We also added the treasure chest and the jewel rub ons to ours so we knew for what we were searching.

Roll up the map and place inside the map holder. Hand off to your little pirates and let them loose in the back yard. Let them know that they have to split any treasure found with you!

Happy hunting,



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