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Homeschooling with Treasure Trails


Turn a walk into an outdoor learning adventure


Finding outdoor educational activities which are fun, engaging and specific to your local area can be tough. Creating your own local Treasure Hunt is also time-consuming – trust us, our Trail Writers know just how long it takes to put together a great Trail! 

Good news – we’ve done all the work for you! Read on to find out why your local Treasure Trail is an amazing resource for anyone homeschooling or providing learning from home. PLUS, we’ve put together some great ideas for before, during and after your Trail for a full-blown learning adventure!


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10 reasons why a Treasure Trail is an awesome homeschooling resource 


  1. A Treasure Trail gets you and the kids outdoors and active in the fresh air – even the most reluctant walker won’t realise they’ve gone two miles by the end of it!
  2. Exploring outdoors reduces screen time – the Trails take you back to basics with pen and paper.
  3. Trails provide a real-life, engaging reason for reading – you’ve got to read those sneaky Clues carefully to solve them. 
  4. The adventures are sure to spark young imaginations with fun themes and backstories to engage with.
  5. The Trails allow children to work at their own pace – they’re entirely self-guided and can be done in your own time, so you can let your child take the lead and step in as and when they need help.
  6. A Trail adventure can flexibly fit into your timetable, whether you want to do it all in one go or split it up across several days.
  7. The Trailing activities tick off at least five areas of the curriculum: Literacy, Maths, Geography, History and P.E.
  8. Exploring with a Trail inspires an interest in the local area and encourages children to love where they live.
  9. A Treasure Trail provides a great starting point for lots of unique educational projects (see below).
  10. They’re a ready-made resource, so less prep for you! 
  11. Ok, so we’ve got one more – did we mention they’re great fun?


Some tips for how to use your local Trail


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Your Trail adventure will either be a treasure hunt, spy mission or detective mystery, depending on your location. If you have a few different themes to choose from in your local area, get the kids to try this quiz to see what type of adventurer they are and help you decide which Trail to choose.



Before your adventure


Before you set off in search of the Clues, get yourselves into the mood and prepare to immerse yourselves in your chosen theme. For younger kids, download our mini club packs for Mini Explorers, Mini Detectives and Mini Secret Agents.

For older kids, ask them to develop some ideas about how they should act on their top-secret mission, curious case or perilous quest. Some pre-Trail reading could come in handy to make sure they’re fully prepared for the task ahead.

If they’re training to be intrepid explorers, How I Became a Pirate (Melinda Long, 2003) and The Explorer (Katherine Rundell, 2018) will spark excitement for their expedition.

Slippery spies will be able to brush up on some vital skills with The Official Spy’s Handbook, while Harriet the Spy (Louise Fitzhugh, 1964) and Spy School (Stuart Gibbs, 2013) will get the young operatives ready for the task ahead.

Finally, budding detectives should bury their heads into The Case of the Missing Moonstone (Jordan Stratford, 2016) or Murder Most Unladylike (Robin Stevens, 2016) to prepare for their upcoming case.


Reading for inspiration


Now that the pre-Trail reading is underway, scan through the Trail beforehand and see if there are any maths sums or other topics that you could brush up on before the Trail. For example, some Trails include Roman Numeral decoders that you can do some pre-practice with. 

TIP: Make your risk assessment part of your learning plan. All Trails follow publicly accessible lanes, paths and pavements, with warnings within the Trail for other potential hazards. Remind your children of road safety and safety by water or other hazards, and that staying safe is more important than rushing to solve a Clue.  


During your adventure


Ready to make a move? Make sure you’re prepared and have everything you need – information on parking, toilets and places to stock up on snacks are included within the Trails where available.

Ensure you’ve all read the back story and are ready to really immerse yourselves in your roles as Secret Agents, Detectives or Explorers.

Now, go and crack those sneaky Clues! 


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More benefits of Treasure Trailing

More good news – just a little bit of exercise has all sorts of physical and mental health benefits to keep those young bodies and minds in tip tip condition and ready for more learning:



After your adventure


Post-Trail ideas


  • Write a mission report, case report, or quest debrief. Record what you encountered along the way and the twisting tales you unveiled. You could even tap into your art skills to make them look like proper report documents.
  • What happened next? Use creative writing skills to decide what happened to the treasure, criminal or enemy agents after you finished your assignment. Was the crook apprehended? Did the treasure reach its rightful owners? Has the evil genius escaped your clutches?
  • Write a review of the adventure. What did you like best or least? You could turn it into a diary entry, create a scrapbook page of your day, or write it by hand as a letter to send to a friend or family member.
  • Try conducting a self-assessment. How did you do? Would you make a good Detective, Secret Agent or Explorer? Which were the hardest Clues and the easiest? What were you good at and bad at – do you need to brush up on any skills? Would you do differently on your next Trail? 


Post-Trail projects


  • Follow up on some of the local history or other learning points you discovered along the Trail. Let the kids pick things they want to find out more about and get researching. 
  • Draw a map of the route you followed on the Trail. Annotate it with new discoveries you made and interesting features.
  • Take up a Trail Writing project and plan a Trail around your local neighbourhood. Write the story, plan the route, set the clues and then test it on other local homeschoolers or families. 



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Don’t have a Trail near you but still want to get involved? Check out the Hidden Treasure area of our website for free puzzles and ideas. Plus, sign up to our mailing list for new puzzles straight to your inbox! 


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Happy Trailing!

TT Towers

15th January 2021

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Trail Training Part II


Your 14-Day Well-being and Mindfulness Challenge


As budding Detectives, intrepid Explorers and top Secret Agents, we all know that we need to be on top of our game in order to do our best work out in the field. But at this time of year, with shorter days and the year not off to the best of starts, we could all do with a bit of oomph to help us operate at full capacity! 

The good news is, we’re here to help you get in tip-top shape, mentally and physically, for your next adventure! You’ve oiled your cogs with our Brain Training Challenge (Missed it? Don’t worry, you can still start here and do it alongside). 

Next up is our 14-day Well-Being and Mindfulness Challenge! Choose 14 things to do over the next two weeks and try and do one a day to give you a daily boost and prepare you for seeking and solving Clues! 


How will it prepare you?


Exercise and mindfulness activities are a brilliant way to get your neurotransmitters going, with the release of morale-increasing endorphins, mood-boosting serotonin and a dash of dopamine for alertness.

That feel-good feeling you get after completing a well-being challenge? That’s your neurotransmitters hard at work! Not only do endorphins improve your mood, but they also decrease your sensitivity to stress and main too, while serotonin is brilliant for promoting learning and memory.




So, doing something enjoyable, relaxing or new can help you feel refreshed, re-energised and motivated. It can even help change your perspective or mindset – great practise for looking at a tricky Clue from a different angle.

What’s more, taking time out to simply ‘be’ in the present and focus on being aware of yourself and your surroundings not only gives you a break from thoughts of things gone by or future worries but is also great preparation for immersing yourselves in the here and now of your next case, mission or expedition.  


What to do…


Everyone’s different when it comes to what they think will challenge them and give them a boost of positivity. So, there are 20 different challenges to choose from – simply pick out 14 that you want to do, can do and feel will most benefit you.

Record your achievements by crossing them off the challenge sheet below, or make your own 14-Day Well-Being and Mindfulness Journal so that you can see how well you’ve done and how much progress you’ve made! 


14-Day Well-being and mindfulness challenge



Don’t forget to keep us updated on your progress too! Share your photos with us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram – we’ll be picking our favourites, so you might be rewarded!


All done?


You’re sure to be in the right frame of mind to crack the case, complete the mission or track down that treasure! Get choosing your next adventure and keep a lookout for our Trail Training Part III – Let’s Get Physical coming soon! 


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14th January 2021

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