Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Treasure Hunt and Hula

Yesterday, I wanted to see if Marguerite could already do treasure hunts, so I made her cut/tear out rectangles of blue art paper for me to draw clues on. When I was done with the clues, I told her that we were supposed to find  pieces of paper that would show us where to find her prize (I had a dilemma about this - the only thing I could offer as a prize was a bag of chocolate covered raisins and almonds. I didn't really want to give candy, but I thought we could just consider it a special treat.). I gave her the first clue and she identified the drawing as that of the fridge. We have three refrigerators in the kitchen (Mom has two - only one is plugged in; the other functions as a storage cabinet, lol. I have no idea if she has plans of getting rid of it - and I added ours when we moved here), but Marguerite spotted the blue paper right away. She immediately got the hang of the game. The only problem she encountered wasn't really her fault. She identified one of the clues as her carseat, but it was actually the recliner, so I had to tell her what it was really supposed to be. The prize was with her Aunt Chip's pink bear, but instead of going for the bag of candy, she grabbed the stuffed toy in a bear hug and said, "Teddy Bear is my prize!". She didn't care about the candy at all. She knew Pink Bear was Aunt Chip's so that wasn't a problem. However, she wanted to have another go, so I shuffled the clues and arranged them for another round of hunt. I did it two more times before I got tired of it and Marguerite decided to continue her own version of the game, which consisted of picking up a clue and pretending to find the object in the drawing ("There's the TV!"). The activity occupied her for about an hour.


Clues

After that, we had a round of hula dancing. Mom and I watched Marguerite dance "He Melo No Lilo", "Little Grass Shack in Kealakekua, Hawai'i" and "Pearly Shells". The picture below is weird because I decided to fiddle around with Photoshop (which I don't really know how to operate) and I think I ended up going with the Waterpaper filter(?). Whatever it was, this is the result.

9 comments:

The Kano said...

I think the fact that the activity kept your daughter occupied for an hour shows how interesting the activity was for her. Mother and daughter are very imaginative!

spinninglovelydays said...

Thanks, Dave. Children often find the most unexpected things interesting. The main draw for Marguerite was the search itself.:)

EihdraG said...

Great idea to spend and bond with kids... You just gave me a tip for my hyper active boy! Thanks :)

swirlyagelessmind said...

I think you should put a ribbon or something on the prize next time so she wouldn't get confused. Anyway, Midge was so cute running around the house...you should have another one on her birthday and we could put all our gifts for her in one pile...she'll go crazy!

spinninglovelydays said...

@EihdraG: Glad you liked the idea. Thanks for stopping by. :)

@Chip: That's definitely an idea. :)

Sharkbytes said...

What a great game. Never thought of being able to do this with a child before they could read.

I did something similar for Christmas a couple of years, but my boys didn't think it was fun.

Silvergirl said...

your child is definitely smart :)

spinninglovelydays said...

That's what I thought too. I can't even remember where the flash of inspiration came from! :)

spinninglovelydays said...

Thanks, Silvergirl. :)