I drew a map of our living room, my drawing skills leave much to be desired, but at least my little girl could tell what the map was (you know, after I pointed a few things out). After drawing it, I burned the edges to give it that map feel.
Lu, made this cute treasure box out of a pencil box and silver vinyl cut with a Silhouette. The treasure box was filled with chocolate coins, jewels and necklaces. I found extra gold coins at Hobby Lobby in the party section and plastic diamonds (like the kind you scatter on a table) in the wedding section.
We gave her the map and briefly explained how to read it and then told her to find the X.
I made the X out of red scrapbook paper and then we put the X on top of our rug, so that she would have to “dig” to find the treasure.
She found the x and started “digging.”
After finding the treasure box, she walked around for the next few days telling everybody she was a real life pirate. We love this treasure box, in fact it is still one of our most played with toys.