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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.

Of course, it’s vital that you’re limbered up for your adventure. Try these themed, fun workouts to get ready!

 

Dart about, daring detectives!

 

 

Be swift and sneaky, slippery spies!

 

 

Get prepared for anything, intrepid explorers!

 

 

Once your young adventurers are energised, 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. 

 

 

Stay active with Treasure Trails 2021

 


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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10 things you CAN do with kids in any Tier

 

Are you wondering how to keep the kids entertained with the current restrictions? Whatever Tier, Alert Level or Level you are in across the UK, don’t worry, there’s still plenty of cool things to do with kids in any Tier that you CAN do locally in your household group. You can even get friends involved by challenging them to do the same activity and see who does the best!  

Whether you’re sticking indoors or venturing outdoors, we’ve got you covered. Here are 10 suggestions for stay local outdoors and stay-at-home friendly activities to keep those minds and bodies active: 

 


Get Out There with a Treasure Trail

 

 

There’s plenty of excitement and adventure that can be found right on your doorstep, and you can discover it all on a Treasure Trail! Whether you’re a budding detective, intrepid explorer or slippery spy, a Treasure Trail is the perfect family activity no matter the weather. All you need is a sense of adventure, a curious mind and your local Trail. Not heard of us before? Watch the video above to learn everything you need to know!

 

 

Stay safe – check our top tips for safe and responsible Trailing here.

 


Find a foraged feast

 

Blackberry Picking - foraging for kids

 

Foraging might seem like something for the summer and autumn months, but there are so many tasty treats out there waiting to be plucked during winter. So whether you want to get some chestnuts roasting away or get hold of those last blackberries for a gorgeous apple and blackberry crumble, there will be something out there to fuel your feast! Our friends at the Woodland Trust have some great lists of what can be foraged each month of the year, as well as guidelines on best foraging practise. Take a peek and see what else you could gather this winter.

 


Get cosy

 

Get Cosy - indoor evening fun

 

You know those grey winter days where you just want to snuggle up under a blanket and laze the day away? Do it! Put your phone down, grab your PJs, whip up some hot chocolate and snacks and get cosy with the whole family for an evening of movie marathons or board games or whatever you choose! Enjoy the feel-good feeling of cosy, quality family time. You could even make a whole event of it by baking your favourite treats or choosing a theme for your films.

 


Build your own board game

 

family board games - family activities in any tier

 

Having a board game night is a great opportunity to spend time with the family away from screens. But, there’s only so many times you can play Monopoly or Cluedo before it gets a little repetitive. If you’re itching to play a new game and let your imaginations run wild, then challenge yourselves to create a brand-new board game! All you need is an idea of a game style and craft materials to build your board and pieces – you could even use existing game boards if you wanted! Plus, once it’s all done, you can have a fab time testing the game with a great sense of pride for what you’ve achieved. You can find a helpful step by step guide for creating your own board games here.

 


Make sock puppets

 

make a sock puppet - activities for kids in any tier

 

If you’re down to the last scraps in your craft box, then don’t worry – you don’t need much to create some fantastic sock puppets! An ideal rainy-day activity to keep the kids entertained and their imaginations sparked for hours on end. All they need is some old socks, some googly eyes and whatever decorations they fancy – the possibilities are endless! For some ideas and a little bit of know-how, check out this list of instructions on how to make basic sock puppets.

 


Dance the night away

 

fancy dress disco - evening activities for kids

 

We’ve missed out on a lot of parties over the last year, from birthdays to wedding receptions, but you’ve got all you need to dance the night away right in your front room! Have yourselves a lounge disco by making some space, blasting your favourite tunes and going wild. Mix it up with some fancy dress, karaoke or a good old dance off to really get some laughs going.

 


Conduct a science experiment

 

Science Experiment - indoor activities for kids

 

Science doesn’t have to just be a subject that kids learn at school – it can be a super fun subject to study right in your own home. There are plenty of science experiments that your kids can conduct indoors or in your garden (some with a little supervision), and they don’t always have to be messy. Take a peek at these fantastic experiments and try one out for an afternoon of laughs and learning. They might be so intriguing that even you want to join in!

 


Go wildlife spotting

 

wildlife hunt - get out there and spot your local living things

 

Squirrels and hedgehogs have gone into hibernation, but there are still tonnes of animals out and about. Get out and explore your hometown to see what wildlife can be discovered. Live near the sea? Get out on a weekend expedition and scout around the rock pools to see what can be discovered – you can find some fab tips here. Or, why not try your hand at bug hunting or bird spotting? You might be surprised by the weird and wonderful creatures you spot in just a short time wandering around the wild areas near you.

 


Scout around on a scavenger hunt

 

scavenger hunt - activities for kids in any tier

 

Treasure Trails may be the best way to explore your local area, but true treasure seekers don’t even need to leave their backyard to have an adventure! Set up a scavenger hunt around your home and garden to keep the kids entertained as they search for items to collect. You could be specific with your list – a feather, a petal, a pair of socks – or you could really encourage them to use their imagination through a sensory list – something smooth, something spiky, something pink.

 


Get creative with nature art

 

nature art - activities for kids in any tier

 

Next time you go out on a walk in your local area, get your kids to take a bucket or box with them and fill it with lots of things they find on the ground – sticks, stones, fallen leaves or rogue petals. When they get home, challenge them to create a picture on a piece of paper or a sculpture in the garden using the materials they’ve found. You could task them with a specific subject – a person, a house, an animal – or give them free rein to be creative. It’s a great way to get in touch with nature and keep the kid’s minds actives.

 


Are you ready to explore?

 

Come rain or shine, a Treasure Trail is a great way to get outside for some fresh air and entertainment for the whole family!  

Grab your local Trail and gather your household; get out there on your daily walk (with a twist) and delve into some family fun to brighten up the grey, wintery days. You never know what hidden gems and twisting tales you may uncover!

 

 

Get Out There with Treasure Trails

 


Get social

 

We hope you’ll be able to give one or two of our 10 things to do with kids a go whatever Tier you’re in. Don’t forget to check out the Treasure Trails Facebook page, or find us on Twitter and Instagram! Follow us for regular Trailing antics, weekly puzzles and lots of exploration inspiration! PLUS – share your adventures with us – we always love to see them!

 


23rd December 2020

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