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How to Make a Treasure Hunt Map of Your Yard

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Kids love treasure hunts. They also love anything related to pirates. Today I want to share with you a fun way to make a pirate treasure hunt map for your kids using Google maps.

  How to make a pirate treasure map of your yard with Google maps

Grab a fun book to pair this activity with:  The Usborne Official Pirate’s Handbook written by Captain indigo Stormface (a.k.a. Sam Taplin). It is a funny book that teaches kids how to be a pirate, anyhow not to be a pirate!

It teaches about all kinds of things like the ship, the flags, how they fight, how they talk, and more. It also teaches about some of the false myths we have of pirates, like walking the plank and wooden legs.  My son loves reading this book. Official Pirate's Handbook

Inspired by this book we wanted to show you a fun pirate treasure hunt related activity that we have done a few times at our house.

How to Make a Pirate Treasure Hunt Map of Your Yard:

Go to Google maps and take a screenshot of your house in the satellite view.

google maps image for treasure hunt map


Then use an image of a grid with coordinates and overlay it on top of the image. You can use my image below. It is a PNG image with a transparent background. This means it can easily overlay another image with the background still showing through.

You can easily create this in any photo editing program or app. I like to use PicMonkey for making my images. But any image editing program will work!

Just overlay a grid image over your picture you are using. I changed my grid to white when I made it in PicMonkey so it would show up better.

treasure hunt map of yard

I use this map to hide clues for my kids. I give them puzzles that they have to figure out that lead them to the coordinates. At each coordinate I hide a clue around the yard. At the end, like every great treasure hunt, there is some sort of little treasure for them to discover (I usually hide a treat or something for them.

Treasure Hunt Clue Ideas:

Hide clues in the mailbox, in a favorite climbing tree, under the front door mat, on the swing set, on a light, under a rock, under a patio chair or table, etc…


My kids really love doing this. Now that I know how easy it is to put together, I though I would share it with you guys so you can make your own pirate treasure hunt maps!  It is a fun way to get kids exploring and active in the summertime, too!!


Pirate Treasure Hunt Map of Your Yard

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  1. A treasure hunt would be a great activity for the end of summer, thanks for the inspiration!

    Thank you for helping to bring a spoonful of reading fun to the Poppins Book Nook this month!

  2. Argh! Me maties would be lovin’ the Pirate Stories for Little Children! Our reading theme for the school year is BOOKS ARE A TREASURE featuring pirates!

  3. What a brilliant idea! This would be great for anywhere else too, we have a big reserve near our house so I could always make a Treasure Map of that area. Thanks for sharing something that my boys will love to do!

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