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Catholic Activity: Treasure Hunt


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Treasure hunt that is especially ideal for large New Year's Eve parties with children.


And then there is the treasure hunt. Everyone gets a list of objects that have been placed in plain sight in the Christmas Room. After it has been explained to the guests that the object of the game is to locate all of the "treasures" as quickly as possible and note them down on one's own list, and after the rule has been stressed that nothing can be touched, the signal to "Go" is given. This was last year's list, which by chance I kept:

a cherry (on top of lampshade) an olive (on a branch of the Christmas tree) dry noodles (woven into wicker chair) soap (on piano key) an egg (in a light socket, instead of a bulb) lump of sugar (on ceiling light) toothbrush (over picture frame) clothes pin (on lampshade) picture of "Mother Trapp" (pasted on book jacket) 2-cent stamp (on pink book jacket, in bookshelf) onion (on window sill) "Cheerios" (in carving of chest)
In the margin of my list I had scribbled, "Funny, how blind people are!"

The time given to find the treasures was twenty minutes. And out of fifty-four participants, only three found every item!

Activity Source: Around the Year with the Trapp Family by Maria Augusta Trapp, Pantheon Books Inc., New York, New York, 1955