colored pencils in a circle enticing viewer to try a first day of school supply treasure hunt

First Day of School Supply Treasure Hunt

Starting up the school year should be an exciting time! As homeschool moms, we can set the tone of having a good attitude and a delight in learning so our children also fall in love with learning. When my children were little and just starting kindergarten and pre-school, I wanted them to have a pleasurable experience with the idea of education. While learning requires a lot of work, it also can and should be enjoyable for especially young students. To get my children excited, I made a treasure hunt for them on the first day of school to find their new supplies and books. We have continued the tradition over the years! How about starting with a little fun with a first day of school supply treasure hunt?

colored pencils in a circle enticing viewer to try a first day of school supply treasure hunt

Do you want to try it? Here are my clues for my First Day of School Supply Treasure Hunt!

Start by hiding Supply #1 in Location #1 with Clue #2 sticking out of it. Then hide Supply #2 in Location #2 with Clue #3 sticking out of it. Follow this procedure for the rest of the clues – Clue #4 goes with Supply #3 in Location #3, etc. I hide the supplies the night before school starts after the children go to bed. You will just want to make sure you are not using the oven, tub, or dryer first thing in the morning, and you may want to hide the supplies that go in the refrigerator after breakfast.

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Clue #1:

Let’s go on a hunt to find
Your school supplies this year!
Your first clue is to visit
A place that’s not far.
Go to the place where your shoes are.

Location #1:

Where the child keeps his/her shoes.

Supply #1:

Bible – with Clue #2 sticking out

little boy reading a Holy Bible he found in his first day of school supply treasure hunt

Clue #2:

Now that you’ve found the most important book,
You’ll need to learn to read it.
If you go to the place where you cook,
You’ll find the tools to read it.

Location #2:

Oven

Supply #2:

Younger student: phonics curriculum – with Clue #3 sticking out
Older student: devotional or Bible commentary

Clue #3:

Now find another warm place
Where clothes can get dry,
And you’ll find more help for (reading) (or replace with another subject – foreign language, etc.)
In which you’ll soon fly!

Location #3:

Dryer

Supply #3:

Reading books (or other subject books) – with Clue #4 sticking out

Clue #4:

For fuel for your memory,
Go to the place that is cold and full of good eats,
For it is there
You will find more school treats.

Location #4:

Refrigerator

Supply #4:

Flashcards / Memory work cards – with Clue #5 sticking out

Clue #5:

Now you’ll need to learn to write,
You’ll make progress for sure.
So go to a place that’s tight –
Look behind Mom’s closet door.

Location #5:

Mom’s closet

Supply #5:

Younger student: handwriting book – with Clue #6 sticking out
Older student: writing curriculum

Notebook, sharpener and sharpened pencil found in a first day of school supply scavenger hunt

Clue #6:

With what will you write?
Oh! Rub-adub-dub!
Don’t be in a fright!
Go check the tub!

Location #6:

Bathtub

Supply #6:

Pencil box / pencils / pens / colored pencils / colored pens / erasers / pencil sharpener – with Clue #7 sticking out

Clue #7:

Now to grow in counting and other math things,
Go to the place where you like to swing.

Location #7:

Patio swing

Supply #7:

Math curriculum / manipulatives – with Clue #8 sticking out

Math supplies found in a first day of school supply treasure hunt

Clue #8:

Oh dear, time is running out!
Get there before Dad’s clock let’s out a shout!

Location #8:

Dad’s alarm clock

Supply #8:

Younger student: Time book – learn to tell time – with Clue #9 sticking out
Older student: History books / curriculum

Clue #9:

And for work on all subjects at your own pace
Look in the fireplace!

Location #9:

Fireplace

Supply #9:

Younger student: Activity books (can be just for fun) – with Clue #10 sticking out
Older student: Electives

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Clue #10:

Where do you sit and watch TV?
Oh, please hurry and go see.

Location #10:

Couch

Supply #10:

DVD – this could be a subject where you watch videos (math, logic, foreign language) or a fun video as a surprise – with Clue #11 sticking out

Clue #11:

Now you have found tools to learn and grow,
Let’s pray to God that it won’t be slow
Before your light for him begins to glow.

Variation on Clue #11:

You did it! You found your supplies!
Now for God’s glory arise
And do your best; learn all you can!
Become a woman or man
After God’s heart, growing in knowledge,
Understanding and wisdom!
We love you!

Sit down and take time to pray together for your school year.

Let the learning begin!

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