Wednesday, May 18, 2011

The Morse Code Treasure Hunt, part II

Wow...sorry it took me so long to continue this post!  Sometimes life gets in the way, right?!?

I decided on a TREE theme for Connor's treasure hunt.  (A shout out to Andrea for giving me the idea to BRANCH out and re-use my Money Origami post!)

Using the Morse Code cheat sheet (below), I typed two messages using dots and dashes (with a "/" between words and four spaces between letters).  The clues would lead him to two different trees.



I started by giving him an envelope with the cheat sheet and the first clue.  This clue says:


Birthday wishes for a TREEmendous kid!

Clue #1:

Thanks to sunshine and April showers,
I'll soon bloom with pretty, pink flowers!

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TREE was the important clue...this brought him to my flowering crab tree (which still hasn't flowered yet!).  He found the next clue which said:


I was once sturdy and strong,
until oak wilt came along!


At the dead tree, he found his birthday card (filled with a TREEmendous amount of money, of course)!


I'm going to go out on a LIMB here and say that this is a fun treasure hunt for older kids (or adults), try it!


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7 comments:

  1. I have been waiting and waiting to see how this went! Fun! I bet it took you a while to type up the morse code clues, huh! Really a fun idea....it is actually kind of sneaky school too! Love it!

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  2. What a fun idea! I love the money folded like a tree:)

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  3. How fun, Karen. You're right about older kids enjoying this idea. I may just have to try it out. :)

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  4. fantastic idea Karen- I have a birthday boy to plan for in June! I'll let you know how it goes-

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  5. Hi Karen! I have used this idea (sort of) with each of my 4 boys. It was always for their birthday gift, and never on a similar birthday, but it had to be for a gift they had specifically asked for, and (probably) assumed they were going to get. In other words, the treasure hunt may have actually trumped the gift. Anyway, I used index cards, made up poems (4 liners) that gave them clues. I had them running all over the neighborhood, with the cooperation of the neighbors. I also made a hat (balloon-trimmed and crepe paper, or something equally amazing) that was their "hunter hat". It just gave another layer to the game. Fun Fun Fun!

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  6. Thanks for sharing, that does sound like fun...especially the "hunter hat"! 😃

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  7. Hmm - I guess I can't use emojis because it turned my smiley face into two question marks...now I know. :-)

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