Creating a fun treasure map with kids can be an exciting and interactive activity that ignites their imagination and sense of adventure. Make this interactive pirate treasure map, and embark on a creative journey with us. Begin by sketching out a map that includes landmarks, such as trees, rocks, and a marked X for the treasure’s location. And after creating this fun craft, have an adventure at home using these treasure hunt clues for kids.
- Peel & Stick foam sheets (blue for our water)
- Cork Roll
- Wood craft match sticks (flag pole)
- Binder clips (to use as stands for our pirate stickers)
- Pirate stickers
- Palm tree stickers
- Jewels dimensional stickers (treasure)
- Skull and bones stickers
- Self-adhesive felt (in a variety of colors) Note: I added a link but we bought ours individually, it did not come in a package, so I’m not sure if this is the same brand. I loved using this because we did not have to deal with messiness of glue.
- Play dough
- Brown paint
- Paint brush
- Egg carton
We then peeled four self-adhesive blue foam sheets to our cork roll to make our ocean.
Then we cut it out.
We were going to stick the “X” on the large island but at the last second we decided to cut out another mini island out of a lighter green felt (we didn’t have anymore of the dark green) and put the treasure on the small island.
We also cut out a couple mountains using brown self-adhesive felt to add to our island.
The kids added their pirate flag next to one of the mountains. And then started to make a trail to find their way to the treasure by cutting out small rectangular pieces of black self-adhesive felt.
We then cut out two egg carton cups and painted it brown to make our pirate ship.
While we were waiting for our pirate ships to dry, I took our pirate stickers and stuck it to the sticky side of the black self-adhesive felt and cut it out. This was just to help make our pirates extra sturdy for play.
I made the pirate flags using the black-adhesive felt and the skull and bones stickers. I used craft match sticks for the flag pole, but a skewer might work just as well.
Our pirates easily fit into our pirate ships.
The kids enjoyed playing with their interactive treasure map.
Here’s what our pirate treasure map looks like all completed.
Disclosure: For this post I was provided with a gift card to Jo-Ann fabric and craft stores to purchase the supplies