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Mining for Gold

by Trish Kuffner, author of The Preschooler's Busy Book

Bury some nuggets in the backyard, make a treasure map, and let your child go prospecting.


  • Small rocks
  • Gold or silver spray paint


  1. Spray some small rocks with gold or silver spray paint to resemble gold or silver nuggets.
  2. Bury the nuggets in the dirt in your yard or sandbox, give your child a shovel, and have her dig for buried treasure.
  3. Give younger children some directions, like cold or hot, so they don't get too frustrated.
  4. Give older children a treasure map to follow.