6. Hold a Special Treasure Hunt
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Make an individual treasure hunt for each child.
A treasure or Easter basket of goodies can be at the end of the hunt. Give each child the first clue and say, “This is a clue to follow. You can choose to do the hunt or not. Jesus gives you a choice too. You can choose to follow Him or not. But, if you follow Jesus you will have treasure in heaven. If you follow this clue you will find a treasure today.”
Have them read Matthew 6:19-21 to understand the amazing treasure we can have in heaven: “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”
For younger children who don’t read yet, print photos and cut them into jigsaw puzzles for clues.
For older children try different types of clues such as secret messages, scriptures, and riddles. If this becomes a tradition, older children may want to create clues for younger siblings.
If desired, have little gifts with each new clue. That adds excitement to the hunt and helps children continue when clues seem hard.
If they need a special decoder or idea how to solve a secret code, have it ready to handout. Or hand out an empty basket with the first clue so children can tuck in the little treasures found with each clue solved.
After the hunt talk about the fun of finding a treasure. Then discuss the joy of the treasure of eternal life.
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