Healthy Kids

Garden treasure hunt

In a world where many play materials are made of brightly coloured plastic, it’s important to get kids attuned to nature’s colours and shapes, and the potential for treasures that are not sparkly or made of artificial materials.

Written by Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Foundation
Image of a curious young female child looking at a red ladybug sitting on a blade of grass.
Treasure hunt list

Nothing beats using your own fresh produce or materials around the house.
If you’re missing a thing or two, tick the items you need to add to your shopping list.

  • Can you find:


What to do

    1. Introduce the treasure hunt.

    2. Discuss parameters and boundaries (the area in which the treasures are to be found).

    3. Provide each child with flash cards or a treasure hunt list, a clipboard, drawing paper and coloured pencils. Explain that they don’t necessarily need to bring each item back at the end of the hunt – they can leave them where they are and write a note, draw a picture or take a photograph to share later.

    4. Encourage children to touch plants and things in the garden, but you might ask them not to pick leaves or buds. As they get more experienced, they learn that gardeners leave buds, flowers and fruit on the plants in order to get more produce.

    5. Send children off to hunt for treasure.

    6. Report back on what they found. Share the results and encourage a sense of wonder and respect for what can be found in the garden!

Written by Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Foundation

The Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Foundation is a not-for-profit charity whose vision is to see children form positive food habits for life. The Foundation provides the inspiration, information, professional development and support for educational institutions to deliver pleasurable food education, in conjunction with educators, partners and the wider community.

Previous article

Fried Rice Lettuce Cups Recipe

Next article

Fancy Greek Easter eggs

Related articles