Play doesn’t have to be elaborate or complicated to be fun and rewarding for both our Little Pnuts and ourselves. Sometimes the simplest of activities are the biggest winners. This leprechaun treasure hunt is an example of that. My Little Pnuts would do this activity over and over again and it couldn’t be easier to set up and execute.
What You Will Need:
- Plastic cold coins (available this time of year at your local dollar store, craft store, or party store)
- A good imagination
- A few hiding places
Have your Little Pnut wait for you in another room (like their bedroom) while you hide gold coins all over the house.
Hunt for Gold
Help your Little Pnut hunt for the gold coins! Use clues like hot and cold if they need a little extra help.
It’s that simple! I promise, your Little Pnut will have loads of fun and their imagination might even kick in a little bit. My Little Pnuts even spied a few “leprechauns” around the house when we were hunting for gold.
Try a few variations of your treasure hunt: Hide the gold coins in mounds of play dough for a quiet time version of this activity or take your hunt outside if weather allows. For a little extra learning have your Little Pnut count the coins after they have collected them. Hide a different number of coins each time and tell your Little Pnut how many you hid so they know how many they need to find.
This activities focuses on the following Developmental Milestones for your Little Pnuts: Imaginative Play, Creative Play & Co-operative Play
—Jennifer Haas, founder of Plain Vanilla Mom.
What You Will Need
- Ice cubes or an ice block (we made ours by freezing water in a plastic butter container)
- Colored water (we used diluted liquid watercolors, but food coloring also works great)
- Medicine droppers or pipettes
- *Optional – light table (see our DIY light table for how to make your own) Light Box Fun
Set Up & Play
Set up is simple – place your ice or ice block on a tray (use a clear one if you plan to use the light table). Provide containers of colored water and salt for your Little Pnut to experiment with. Our Little Pnuts enjoy squirting the water on the ice with pipettes and watching the colors mix on the tray. Sprinkling salt on the ice will cause it to melt quickly where the salt touches it, creating beautiful patterns. Our Little Pnuts love this activity and yours will, too! Using a light table kicks up the fun one more notch – place your clear tray on top of your light table (wrap the light table in plastic to protect it) and watch the colors mix and swirl.
This activities focuses on the following Developmental Milestones for your Little Pnuts:
Fine Motor Development, Language Development, Focus and Concentration, Sensory Exploration, Problem Solving
—Stephanie Haass, Little Pnuts Early Childhood Activities Expert & Blogger, founder of www.two-daloo.com