Treasure Excavation

Treasure Excavation

What You'll Need:

  • Paper Rocks (crumbled pieces of paper)
  • A large box
  • A small shovel or a spoon
  • Several small prizes (i.e. small toys and/or candy)


Put all of the rocks in the box, followed by all of the prizes. Mix everything up until the prizes are "buried."

At the Party:
  1. One at a time, each child will have a chance to dig for a prize.
  2. Set a time limit of 30 to 60 seconds.
  3. Explain that the children may only use the shovel-not their hands-to move the rocks and pick up prizes.
  4. When you say "Go," a child starts excavating until he/she gets a prize or until time runs out.
  5. If a child doesn't find a prize within the time limit, let him/her go again after everyone else has had a turn.
  6. You may wish to let the child dig without a time limit the second time around.
  7. Cycle through until every guest has a prize!

Note: The birthday child probably wouldn't mind digging through the rocks to find whatever prizes are left after the party is over!

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