Do you share our dream of a world in which children, youngsters, and adults alike are all truly connected to each other, looking at the world around them with a sparkle in their eyes? Then you are game for Treasure Hunters! This treasure of a game is finding its way to families, schools and practices at an incredible rate. The card game feels lighthearted and playful, yet opens the door to the deepest conversations and insights.
The treasures stimulate your self-confidence, enlarge your selfinsight and help you to recognize the hidden gems within yourself and others – now and forever.
The chores are divided into themes that embrace life. They give you more self-insight, enjoyment, spontaneity and let you
pause for a moment to appreciate all the extra-ordinary things of everyday life.
Love: Experience love for yourself and for others
Treasures: Excavate your treasure and that of others
Wishes and dreams: Send beautiful wishes and dreams out into the world
Here and now: Pause and reflect
Fantasy: Experience the power of imagination
Enjoy: Give attention to the small special things in life
Rules of the game
In general, treasure cards with two keys are best understood by players aged nine and above. When a card holds only one key, it is also suitable for players below that age.
- Each player receives five random treasure cards and places them face up in front, starting with the card that suits their personality best and ending with the one that is the least fitting.
- The players decide together who should go first and which direction the game will be played in. For example, the youngest player may begin, or the one with the shortest name, or the person who woke up earliest that morning…
- As a first player you draw a chore card and complete the assignment. Then you draw a treasure card. You decide if the characteristic on that card is best suited to you or to another player, and explain why you think so. If there is no match, the card may also be put back on the bottom of the pile.
- If you keep or receive a new treasure card, you can get rid off a card in front of you that suits your character less. In this way you collect the five treasure cards that describe you best.
You can find a more indepth version of the rules of the game on our website. Besides the traditional, more basic way of playing Treasure Hunters as described above, there are many more ways in which you can play the game. This guide is chock-full of ideas.
Suggested length of play:
- Until all of the chores have been completed (each game, you can choose to use only a limited amount of cards).
- According to an agreed time limit.
- Until all players are happy with the self-image based on their five cards.
In case some players do not entirely agree with the endresult of their cards, you can all choose to extend the game by playing another bonus round. All players take for example three (or more) treasure cards so they can receive, exchange and give one last time.
Suggestions for playing
For all treasure hunters: General suggestions and anchoring tips that everyone can use.
Suggestions for playing
- If the players don’t know each other yet, you can agree to give treasure cards to yourself only. It is also possible to hand out treasures to your fellow players based purely on first impression.
- The players can agree on any set amount of treasure cards to be collected. There can be five, but also less or more than that.
- You can compliment another player by giving him or her a treasure card.
- You can turn the six different themes of the chore cards into six seperate piles, and let the players decide which theme they want to play with.
- You can play the game by drawing the colors or symbols of the six different themes on a big wooden dice. How you throw the dice decides which category you choose your chore card from.
After you have discovered all those beautiful things about yourself, it is nice to find a way to keep them close. So that these treasures really become part of your mind, body and even your life. We call this process ‘anchoring’. After playing, you can anchor your treasures by discussing what you think of your final cards.
- Do you feel like there is a treasure card out there that is totally you, but that is not part of your collection yet?
- Which treasure are you most likely to use in the time ahead?
- Which treasure would you also like to give away to one of your fellow players?
- Is there a treasure card belonging to another player that you think suits your personality as well?
- Which treasure would you like to have a bit more or a bit less of?
You can also:
- Have your treasures written down or drawn on a nice piece of paper for you to keep.
- Make a drawing that fits your current mood and write your treasures next to it.
- Turn everything you have discovered and dug up during your treasure hunt into a moodboard.
- Keep your final set of treasures cards on your nightstand till the next day.
- Surprise another player by sending a postcard with his or her treasures on it.
- Create a DIY postcard, with your treasures on it and a positive note to yourself.
Treasure Hunters as inspiration
- Daily inspiration: draw/pick a treasure card or chore card to serve as an inspiration for the day.
- Reminder: place a specific treasure card or chore card somewhere special, so that it catches your attention frequently.
Do you play Treasure Hunters in your coaching practice, class or other group? We have so many ideas for you! Naturally, you can make extensive use of all the previous suggestions and tips, but we would love to get you going even further by sharing some more specific ideas per setting.
It is truly wonderful to play this game together with your kid(s). You will notice how it deepens and strengthens your connection. Isn’t it nice, when you can let your child know what is so great about him or her? And what an amazing gift it is to hear how your child sees you and the rest of the family. Because the game is all build on positive treasure cards and chore cards, playing it makes everybody happy. The questions, tasks and rules of the game are such that every child from the age of seven can play the whole game. We even dare to say that, after a few goes, nearly all children older than ten can play the game amongst each other, without supervision. All of the anchoring tips and suggestions for playing as mentioned in the ‘for all treasure hunters’ section are easily applied at home.
Coaching practice, schoolcounseller, play therapists, Emotional Literacy Support Assistant, Learning Mentor, Emotional Well being, Behaviour Lead or other forms of one-on-one counselling
To keep things simple, we have chosen to use the words’ coach’ and ‘coachee’ in this section. But you can also read ‘counsellor’ and ‘client’, or ‘counsellor’ and ‘child’. When we talk about one-on-one counselling, we refer to individual forms of counselling such as remedial teaching, speech therapy, nutritional advice, in-school support, psychologists, pedagogues, and children and adolescent therapists.
The ‘standard’ way of playing Treasure Hunters is already perfect, both as an introduction and further along the coaching or counseling trajectory. Your professional skills enable you to dive deep into the answers given, and provide you with a playful and informal way to get to know your coachee.
- You can let the coachee be the only one to draw, pick and complete cards.
- As a coach you can play along by drawing only chore cards, no treasure cards.
- You can create a special place on the table where your coachee can put those treasure cards that he or she would like to develop.
- You can select a certain category of chore cards in advance that you would like to explore with your coachee.
- The parents can play along, so that you gain insight into family dynamics.
- You can play the game with brothers and sisters, so that you gain additional insight into family dynamics.
- You can let fictional characters join the game by giving them a tangible shape (e.g. a doll, wooden pawn etc.) and hand these a set of treasure cards as well.
- You can make a pre-selection of those chore cards and/or treasure cards that support the objective of the trajectory.
- You can let your coachee draw a treasure card and ask him or her if the characteristic fits their personality.
- You can ‘befriend’ treasures amongst each other, by investigating if there is a certain treasure card that the coachee would like in his or her collection, that can be combined with one that is.
- The excavated treasures can be used in a practical and solutionoriented way, by focusing on that one treasure that is most likely to help your coachee reach his or her desired goals.
In class (and for trainings)
Treasure Hunters is a fantastic game to play in class or during group trainings! Even in between things, when you only have like fifteen spare minutes. Because the game is so positive, it is bound to strengthen and deepen the communal bond.
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You can play Treasure Hunters by following the traditional rules and splitting up the group in smaller sections, but you can also use the method below for larger groups (up to 30 players). Please visit our website to find an extensive suggestion on how to play the entire game with the entire group. We advise you and your group to start exploring Treasure Hunters in an easy manner, which you can do as follows:
- Make a pre-selection of chore cards and treasure cards based on age, interest or theme.
With the treasure cards
- Treasure of the day/week: Each day or each week, work with one specific treasure card and focus on that personality trait within yourself or the other. What is it? How does it show? When can you use it? When did you use it?
- You can let parents choose a treasure for their child as well, for instance via social media, by photographing five treasure cards and asking the parents which one they find the most characteristic of their child.
With the chore cards
- Chore card of the day: Draw a chore card and ask the question not only to the child, but also to yourself. Elaborate on it together. Get back to it during the day.
- You can have the children discuss any amount of chore cards in smaller groups, and let everyone answer the questions given on the cards.
In the circle
Choose five treasure cards that you find comprehensible for your group of kids. In order to enlarge their vocabulary you could also pick four simple cards and one that is more difficult. Make sure that you choose really different ones at least. Name a treasure and have the children in your group explain what it means to them. This practice is excellent for the verbal language skills of the children, and also interesting for you to hear how they interpret the treasure.
- ‘Stand up if you are good at… (call the treasure card).’
- ‘Point your finger at someone who is really good at… (call the treasure card).’
- ‘Stand up if you still have problems with… (call the treasure card).’ This practice helps the children to develop a realistic self-image and lets them know that is is perfectly fine to have things that you are not very good at.
- Finally, let each child pick the one treasure that describes his or her personality best.
Pedagogical tips for playing with groups of children
- Play the game swiftly, so that all children stay motivated and are most likely to respond from their intuition.
- Focus only on the positive.
- At times you can boost the game, for instance by naming a child whom you think has not received enough treasures yet.
For toddlers and young children
Treasure Hunters can be played even with toddlers and young children, by applying suggestions from the sections ‘With the treasure cards’, ‘With the chore cards’ and ‘In the circle’. In addition, we give you some extra suggestions for this specific target group below. Have a look at the treasure cards that hold only one key to see which ones you find appropriate for your group. Do the same with the chore cards should you want to use them. Because toddlers generally cannot read and have short memory spans, it is recommended to play the game with only two or three treasure cards.
- Together, you can look for images of someone showing a specific treasure.
- You can (have the children) look for the image of an animal particularly good at a specific treasure.
- The children can enact a certain treasure in their doll corner.
Youth and adults
Often we, among other treasure hunters and huntresses, have also played the game with youth and adults. Certainly resulting in the same level of group connection. Back and forth, players made the most beautiful and touching discoveries. So go ahead and feel free to play the game with friends, loved ones, adult clients or colleagues at work.
- Make a pre-selection of chore cards based on age, interest or coaching purpose. You can still use all the treasure cards. For teenagers it can be slightly more important to have an appropriate selection of chore cards than for adults.
- You can also play Treasure Hunters directed at a specific terrain of life, for instance by exploring treasures you have at work, home, or school. This allows you to collect your treasures with a clear focus.
- Treasure Hunters can be used as a great tool for intervision. Already, many coaches, teachers and educational teams are working with the game for this particular purpose. In fact, you can use the game in any team.
- Treasure Hunters can be used in youth groups, training weeks and as a support for vocational or educational aptitude tests. You can make a pre-selection of chore cards that fit your reasons for using Treasure Hunters.