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Atreasure huntit can be a golden opportunity to bring children closer to the environment. We often hear about the "economic crisis" and too little is said about the social crisis; atreasure huntcan't fix the situation but, if organizedproperly, it can be very educational. With atreasure huntchildren can be brought closer to nature, respect for the environment or food education.
Games for children can go beyond mere fun, this applies even more to thetreasure hunt. The ideal would beorganize a themed treasure huntGreen in a reserve, in a WWF oasis, in a park, in the garden or anywhere outdoors. If the house is large enough, thetreasure huntcould focus on the importance ofseparate waste collection and recycling but oneoutdoor treasure huntcould give you many more insights.
What can be collected during thehunting?
Children could be asked to collect five carefully hidden litter items, giving each collected material (aluminum, plastic, paper…) a different score. Suggest a color for a freshly picked flower, illustrated brochures of the ecological island of the city, brochures on the nearest oasis ... the list of clues to collect to advance in thetreasure huntit could be this:
- Aluminum waste, paper waste, plastic waste.
- Three brochures that talk about the city where the children live.
- A freshly picked flower
- Something edible that grows on trees or plants
The clues collected could be related totreasures to hunt through a common thread (the thread could also be physical if the children are very young! Maybe putting helium-filled balloons along the path to follow, colored stones or ivy leaves or ribbons ... better the leaves of various plant species so the children begin to familiarize themselves with the local biodiversity!) of the kind "waste -> recycled object", "edible crop -> finished product", "flower -> fragrant essence".
If the children are old enough, during thetreasure huntthey could carry out additional missions and skill tests: with the memory test they may have to learn the days of separate collection described on the brochures, where the nearest landfill is located ... or again, they could take pictures of the largest tree or some cute animal ! Children could also be called upon to immortalize people who embrace different modes of transport and classify the modes into two categories "pollutants "“non-polluting ": it's not that difficult! If thetreasure hunttakes place in the municipal villa it is not difficult to see passers-by, arm vehicles, pedal vehicles, scooters, buses ...
Whoever wants to go big can also involve parents and local shops… in what way? What are the local producers who sell organic or zero-kilometer products? I organized something like this with the help of a beekeeper from Bacoli (Naples) and the children were really happy!