Floating Treasure Hunt

 
Floating Treasure Hunt


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Preparation:

Ask all of the guests to bring goggles, water wings, or floating devices to the party. Make sure to provide extras. If you don't have enough for everyone, divide up the group and take turns playing this game. Purchase small floatable toys that are waterproof. Plastic toys work great!


At the Party:

Since the children are just learning to swim, there may be some guests who aren't comfortable in the deep end of the pool. For that reason, this game should be played in the shallow end of the pool.

  1. Line up the children at one end of the pool and make sure their water wings and goggles are on securely.
  2. Throw favor items that can float into the shallow end of the pool.
  3. When you say "go," the treasure hunt begins and children will have to swim, float, and wade to get the most items.
  4. The child with the most treasure wins a prize!
  5. The rest of the treasure is divided among the rest of the party guests to take home.


Variation 1: For older children, drop weighted items like coins, golf balls, and small, sinkable toys into the bottom of the pool. When you say go, all of the kids will dive into the water and try to collect as many items as possible. The player who collects the most items, wins.

Variation 2: Divide the group into teams. The team with the most items, wins.