Treasure Hunts

7 May

Treasure hunt resources are very versatile, with great advantages such as pupil engagement, reduced photocopying, easy differentiation, and pair work.

There is a wide range of ready prepared and differentiated treasure hunts available to download for free on our resource shop here and Laura Rees-Hughes has a good collection here.  All you need to do is download, print the resource, laminate and slice. These cards are then stuck up around the learning area for pupils to hunt down.

Here is a screen shot of just two cards from a higher level GCSE treasure hunt.  The amber cards represent the easier route, and the green would be the higher or more challenging route.

There are a number of ways to run a treasure hunt;


Post the cards around the room or outside or any space really! Pupils work in pairs and work either on the amber route or the green route. They can be given starting points or simply start on the card nearest to their seat. Pupils then answer the question at the bottom of the card, when they have the answer they then move around the room until they find the card with that answer on. The activity is over when a pair get back to the card they started on therefore have completed the route.

Follow Me

This is possible for the treasure hunts that do not include a diagram. Each pupil has a card and reads the question, the person with the answer states the answer and then reads the next question. Again this activity is complete when we return to the card you started with.

Card Sort

With the cards printed and laminated pupils work in groups to sort the cards into a loop. This is great for group discussion and I used it as part of a revision carousel.


The cards are easily differentiated with most having two levels of difficulty, you can add as many levels of difficulty you require for the class. In addition it is good to set a challenge for gifted pupils to create a treasure hunt for the rest of the class to complete as a plenary or starter activity.

Collect a Joke

Combine this idea with collect a joke by adding a word of the joke punch line to each answer, pupils collect the words as the go. This just adds an extra dimension.

We hope your class and yourself enjoy the ideas and if you have any more ideas we’ve not thought of we would love to hear them. Get in touch @numberloving and check out our free and premium resources in our TES NumberLoving Store.

6 Responses to “Treasure Hunts”

  1. Alex Crookes (@alexcrookes) June 23, 2012 at 9:57 am #

    I love your treasure hunt resources – do you have a template for the cards so I can create my own?


    • Laura Rees-Hughes June 23, 2012 at 11:25 am #

      Yes of course, if you let me know your email I will send it. Thanks for reading the blog! Laura & Sharon


      • rjones378 December 23, 2012 at 4:53 pm #

        I love these too, a teacher at our school even sticks one on her back and walks round without telling students! Please may I also get a copy of the template?


  2. anothermathsteacher November 29, 2013 at 11:33 am #

    If there is any chance of the template, I’d appreciate it too. My classes get really engaged with these. Thank you.



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