Pot-of-Gold Hunt

You will be promoting your child's problem-solving skills while she plays this fun game.

Activity for an individual child

Age group: 30-40 months

Duration of activity: 20 minutes

Materials:

  • Colored construction paper
  • Scissors
  • Masking tape

You will be promoting your child's problem-solving skills while she plays this fun game. If you wish, you can substitute a real treat basket for the paper pot of gold; just be sure to decorate it with plenty of cut-out gold coins!

  1. Cut the following shapes out of construction paper: 20 tiny green feet, 1 brown kettle, 10 small yellow circles, and an arch shape with different colors to form a rainbow.
  2. Tape the yellow circles in the kettle shape to create the pot of gold.
  3. Find a location to "hide" the pot of gold. Place it or tape it anywhere you wish.
  4. Tape the green feet a few feet apart to form a path for your child to follow. Let them wind up the wall or under furniture to finally lead to the pot of gold.
  5. Tell your child about how it is believed that a leprechaun can lead you to a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. Show her the footprints, and encourage her to follow them to the treasure.
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