‘Unbored Treasure Hunt’ Sparks Imagination and Creativity

We are a game loving family and we cannot resist a new find. Today, I’m going to tell you about a new favorite game in our closet: Unbored Treasure Hunt.

But first, a word about boredom.

There are two words that, when repeated incessantly, can drive a parent to the breaking point: I’m bored. Yet, if we allow our children to wallow in their boredom long enough, it is my experience that they usually stumble into something fantastic. My children are their most creative, most imaginative, most happy after whining about boredom.

And yet, there are some days when I just cannot take the whining about boredom. Maybe I didn’t get enough sleep or have a headache, maybe a child is under the weather, maybe the weather itself is the issue. Whatever the reason, some days I cannot bear to listen to the “I’m bored” broken record.

I like to have something hidden away for these occasions. Something I can pull out to get a few hours of peace. This something might be a book or a game or an art project… something that will encourage imagination and creativity and, at the same time, provide mama with a moment.

Do you do the same?

Today, I am sharing the latest tool in my arsenal.

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Encourage Imagination and Creativity with Unbored Treasure Hunt

Are you familiar with the book Unbored Games? It is now a series and it is fantastic. Let me tell you, this little book has saved my bacon countless times over the years. I pack it on vacation in case we get a rainy day, I’ve used it on long car rides, I’ve pulled it out on sick days, I’ve given it as a gift time and time again.

Somehow, I didn’t know that MindWare Toys now carries two games based on the book Unbored Games. When I first heard about MindWare Toy’s Unbored Treasure HuntI had to check it out.

A peek inside Unbored Treasure Hunt

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This box houses oodles of fun for kids. In Unbored Treasure Hunt, children will tap into their imagination and creativity as they create their very own treasure hunt. The kit includes a field guide sure to inspire your children. The guide walks children through the steps needed to create their own treasure hunt, including how to create secret clues and codes! The kit also includes 25 clue cards, 12 envelopes, graph paper, a compass, and a penlight.

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Together, your children will decorate a treasure box, fill it with loot, and hide it in a secret location. This game can be played outdoors or indoors. The first time my kids played, they played outdoors in our backyard and surrounding woods. We have since played it indoors on rainy days.

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What this mom likes about Unbored Treasure Hunt

Here’s what I love about this kit:

  • It inspires creativity and imagination.
  • Children are required to work together.
  • The kit can be used with multiple ages and any number of children.
  • On the surface, it may seem like all fun and games, but hiding a treasure and coming up with clues and code and arranging them in the proper sequence is a big job for kids and it involves a lot of problem-solving, teamwork, and learning.

And here’s the icing on the cake…

The first day my children used this kit, they played it outside for three and a half hours!

It’s safe to say that Unbored Treasure Hunt has earned a place in our overflowing game closet. In fact, we enjoyed it so much that we checked out the other Unbored kit on the market.

If you like Unbored Treasure Hunt

… you’ll want to check out MindWare Toy’s Unbored Disguises because it is hilarious. This photo says it all:

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Now, it’s your turn. Tell me: How do you encourage imagination and creativity at home? Share here!

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Cait is a school psychologist, mom to three amazing children, and an unexpected homeschooler. She loves nature, good books, board games, strong coffee, and dancing in her kitchen. You can read about all of these things and more at My Little Poppies. Cait co-hosts The Homeschool Sisters Podcast. She is a contributing writer for Simple Homeschool and her work has also appeared on The Huffington Post, The Mighty, and Scary Mommy. You can find her on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, Instagram and G+.