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Treasure Hunt Fun!

Age Range
3-9 yrs
Setup Time
15-20 minutes (could be more based on number of items used!
Setup Location
Indoor / Outdoor

Using descriptive words in sentences provides students with practice to try out new vocabulary words. When students use new words in sentences, they are more likely to remember their meanings and the appropriate contexts in which to use them. Learning new words helps them to master new subject matter more quickly and solidifies their understanding of it. Reading and understanding more difficult texts and speech will be easier for children who have a good grasp of descriptive language.

Children who cannot use descriptive words effectively in a sentence face difficulties in making themselves clearly understood. Using and manipulating descriptive words is a skill that children need in everyday life, but also at school. As adults, descriptive language is important at work, such as in writing instructions. Adjectives and adverbs allow children’s speech and writing to be precise and specific, leaving little room for guessing as to what they mean.

This activity encourages your child to practice using descriptive language and he will have fun doing it!


  1. Hide things around the house and have your child find them

  2. Try giving only descriptive clues. For example, if you hide something under the couch say "the treasure is under something we can sit on. It is big and fluffy"

Note: The purpose is to indirectly teach your child about "description"

Disclaimer: This presents an overview of child development. It is important to keep in mind that the time frames presented are averages and some children may achieve various developmental milestones earlier or later than the average but still be within the normal range of development. This information is presented to help parents understand, at a high level, what to expect from their child. Any questions/concerns you may have about your child’s development should be shared with your doctor.