Letter Treasure Maps

Drew is definitely not a worksheet kid. I love all those cute printable preschool packs, but he does not. If he so much as smells a worksheet, he runs the other way. So I was surprised when he liked this activity so much.

After our R racetrack we read Shiver Me Letters: A Pirate ABC. "'R,' roared the captain. 'R's not enough. We need other letters to help make us tough.'" and so his crew goes looking for all the letters of the alphabet.  Their anchor goes into an A, a B floats by on the bay, and they find a C carved into a cannonball.  The only letter they forget to find is Z, which they discover while they're sleeping that night.  This is a really fun rhyming story and it's lots of fun to look for each letter in the illustrations.
Then I made some "treasure maps".  Obviously, there is no artistic talent required.  Drew followed the path of little r's and big R's to the treasure.  I tried to throw him off with some D's and B's but he made it!!
He liked it so much we had to do a LOT of them!

Update:  Over at Strings, Keys, & Melodies, Tonya made a musical treasure map using colored stickers.  Genius!  You HAVE to go check it out!

Linking to Living Life Intentionally, Shine On Fridays, Sun Scholars, Read Explore Learn, The Kid's Co-op, Tatertots & Jello , Sharing Saturday , I Can Teach My Child, delicateCONSTRUCTION, Adventures in Mommy Land, ABC and 123, Mama Smiles,  Crayon Freckles, Crayon Freckles' Pirate Link Up
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19 comments:

  1. My son will like this! My daughter loves to draw maps too. Visiting from Read, Explore, Learn!

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  2. such a great activity! did it take you forever to make these?

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  3. The book looks wonderful! I love your maps!

    Thank you for linking to Read.Explore.Learn.

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  4. My 7 year old son hates workbooks and worksheets too. He is such a creative learner. I do make him do his math and phonice workbooks anyway for homeschool, but I also try to throw in lots of other creative learning asctivities and games to make his day brighter.

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  5. This looks like so much fun. My kiddos love treasure maps! Can't wait to try it. I found your blog thru the kids co-op. Can't wait to see more.

    www.scribbledoodleanddraw.blogspot.com

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  6. What a cool idea! That is so clever! I'd love to have you share this with our readers for our Fun Stuff Fridays link up! http://www.toysinthedryer.com/2012/02/fun-stuff-fridays-11.html

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  7. What a great idea Lorie!!! I'm going to need to find that book..it has two of the things that my daughter loves.. pirates & letters :) Thanks for sharing this with us at Sharing Saturday. See you next week.

    ~MiaB

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  8. I love this idea. My kids would love this. Thanks for the great idea!!

    I am hosting a Sunday Blog Hop and would love for you to link up your cute blog:>


    http://blissfulanddomestic.blogspot.com/

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  9. This is a great idea! I know my 5 year old would be very into it! Thanks for the idea.

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  10. What a sensational idea! You just gained a new follower on here and a fan on FB! I found you on We Teach!

    Brian
    http://hopkinshoppinblog.blogspot.com/

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  11. What a great letter recognition exercise! Pinned it to my literacy board!

    Thank you for linking up to Learning Laboratory at Mama Smiles =)

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  12. I love this! Plus it's something you could take with you-- like waiting in the doctor's office (we've been there a LOT this winter!)

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  13. What a great idea! Love those treasure maps. My youngest daughter will love doing that. Thanks for sharing your idea.
    Oh and I found you on weteach.
    Tonya
    www.stringskeysandmelodies.blogspot.com

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  14. Those are so simple and cool! I bet they could even be used for older kids who are struggling with learning the differences between certain letters, like d's and b's. You could make a map with just d's and b's, and have them follow the d's, or vice versa!

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  15. What a FUN clever idea!! I shared it with my Facebook readers here: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Living-Life-Intentionally/261252997248957 -
    Thanks for linking up at TGIF - see you tomorrow =-)
    Beth

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  16. Such a fun idea! My boys are into pirates so I'll give this a try and hopefully it will help encourage reading.

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  17. this is so fun! your creativity amazes me! thanks so much for linking up to my party last week!

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  18. I just did a modified version of a letter treasure hunt yesterday (like your post I was hoping for the lazy version but it scaled up quickly) and I went back today to read your whole post (since I had only glanced before). Saw this link and I LOVE this idea even more! My daughter is getting pretty consistent on upper case letters (although the summer haze has definitely taken its toll) but she really needs work on lower case. I am doing this tonight! Thanks! (Mary@sugarsnips.com)

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