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Treasure Hunt

30 min1 participant

Search the beach for braille bricks in a bin full of rice. Free play with spoons, cups and buried treasure.

Let's play!

  1. Search the beach for 10 treasures buried in the sand.

  2. Place each treasure, one at a time in the bowl.

  3. Play on the beach with cups and spoons: filling, dumping, pouring and transferring.

  4. Hide the treasures again for the next treasure hunter.

How to prepare

  • 10 random bricks

  • 1 bowl

  • 1 large bin filled with sand, rice, semolina, … 

  • Cups and spoons

Hide the 10 bricks in the bin.

Facilitation tips

  • Choose appropriate bin filler, without moisture: some textures are more attractive than others.

  • Offer gloves for those who may have touch aversion.

  • Ensure understanding of filling, dumping, pouring and transferring before the free play session.

Possible variations

  • Change the type or amount of filler material.

  • Change the number of treasures.

  • Add other types of bricks and/or objects and note only LEGO Braille Bricks are treasures.

  • Peer play: children share the bin and cooperate to find the treasures, or one hides, one finds…

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Children will develop these holistic skills

cognitive skills

  • Recognize, classify and sort shapes in 3 dimensions

creative skills

  • Invent a variety of activities with one set of objects

physical skills

  • Locate objects by touch: Randomly find objects
  • Locate objects by touch: Actively reach out to touch objects
  • Locate objects by touch: intentionally search for an object

emotional skills

  • Know the purpose of the activity

social skills

  • Understand, respect and enforce rules and regulations

Did you know?

  • Many children with visual impairment have touch aversion, possible difficulty touching wet, damp, or greasy materials or materials that leave residue on their hands. 

  • Playful experiences are worthwhile in early education because children find them highly engaging-driven by an inner curiosity and enthusiasm, they try harder, persist for longer and think more deeply.

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  • Jackie

    Feb. 15. 2024

    I did this activity with a pair of 3 year olds using duplo blocks. They loved playing in the rice! I used an underbed, approximately 60 quart storage bin that they both could play in at the same time. To extend this activity you could talk about and play sounds that you hear at the beach! Happy Playing!

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