Fairy Treasure Hunt
Every few weeks for the past two years, my five-year-old has brought tiny little paper Dixie cups of sequins home from preschool. I was a little perplexed by the origins of the treasure until about a month ago when I was volunteering in my son's classroom.
It was reaching the end of "free play" time, and things were getting a little chaotic when I observed their teacher strolling quietly through their playground area, dropping little handfuls of sequins behind her, along the pathways and in the sand box.
The effect was amazing; one child noticed some sequins sparkling in the sunlight, and announced "treasure!" The rest of the kids grabbed cups and began diligently picking the sequins up off the ground with their little fingers. The whole group quieted down, focusing intently on the task at hand.
Once again, I was inspired by and in awe of the wisdom of preschool teachers--and so excited to take this little tip home with me!
How We Did It
Just last week, we were doing some kid-testing on projects for Kiwi Crate. As we were wrapping up, I thought I'd try out the Fairy Treasure trick. I strolled through the front yard (see pic below), dropping the Fairy Treasure behind me.
Then, after I distributed baggies (instead of cups--that's what we had on hand), it was off to the races!
The kids were totally mesmerized--it was remarkable! We played the game again and again, and it never seemed to get old (for them, at least ). Sometimes, the kids tried to get as many as possible. Other times, they were selective about the shape or color they were collecting.
It was a great way to engage them in independent play...and for them to practice their sharing and bartering skills as they displayed and swapped their treasures.
I've invested in a few bags of sequins to keep on hand for those times when we have a bunch of kids over (or just when my own kids are going a little stir-crazy), and I'm looking for a way to entertain the kiddos for a bit.
The experience is magical for them--and the 10-15 minutes of silent play is pretty magical for me.