Treasure Hunt Preschool STEAM Activity

Practice fine motor skills with your little kids while learning about nursery rhymes with this quick & easy Treasure Hunt Preschool STEAM Activity! You’re definitely going to want to check it out!

collage of preschool treasure hunt images with text: Treasure Hunt STEAM StationToday’s nursery rhyme was Old King Cole and we had a blast with this Treasure Hunt Preschool STEAM Activity! I loved watching my kiddos work together and dig for gems.

toddler looking at pretend treasure in sensory bin
This investigation station was so quick & easy to put together! We grabbed a pack of pretend gems from the dollar store and tossed them into our sensory bin full of kinetic sand. I gave each of them a spoon and added some tongs too!

child digging for treasure in sensory bin
Not surprisingly they spent quite a while exploring. They took turns digging for gems and baby girl even practiced her fine motor skills while putting the gems that her brother uncovered into another container.

small jewels in sand
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A huge thanks to Experience Early Learning (formerly Mother Goose Time) for providing us with their Experience Preschool curriculum for free in exchange for sharing our honest and authentic stories resulting from our personal experiences. It’s been such a huge blessing to us! As always, my opinions on awesome stuff for little kids are 100% my own.

toddler holding small jewel in one hand and spoon in the other
Keep in mind that all preschoolers do things in their own time and on their own terms. What one is ready for, another might not be. Please use your best mama judgement when planning activities for your little kids.

This month we were thrilled to receive one of the Little Goose Toddler Teacher Guidebooks too!

children digging for small gems in treasure hunt sensory bin
This is a rhyme about a merry or happy king. “Old Kind Cole” is a good rhyme to help children discuss different emotions and practice demonstrating facial expressions. 

toddler digging for gems in sensory bin
Treasure Hunt Investigation Station

Set Up

  • Set out a tub with sand, jewels or other shiny objects.
  • Invite children to dig with a variety of tools, e.g., slotted spoons, tongs, cups.

toddler putting small gems in metal pan
Big Questions

  • Where would you look for treasure?
  • If you found some treasure, where would you hide it?
  • What would you want to find inside a treasure box?
  • Have you ever found something special.

toddler digging for small gems in treasure hunt sensory bin
We’ve been trying to get to this particular activity for over a week now. Needless to say, we kept getting side-tracked.

preschooler digging for jewels in sensory bin
We finally ended up doing the Treasure Hunt Investigation Station together this morning along with the other activities that we had planned.

child using hands to dig for treasure in sensory bin
Keep in mind that if you’re putting together a treasure hunt STEAM station for your little kids, you’ll want to use treasures that are the right size for the ages of your kiddos.

child making sand pie in metal pan with small jewels
Look for something that’s large enough that it’s not a choking hazard if you’re doing this activity with toddlers who still put things into their mouths.

child placing small jewels around the edge of metal pan
Don’t forget to check back if you’re interested in seeing what we’re up to with our Nursery Rhymes theme from Experience Early Learning (formerly Mother Goose Time). And if you missed this year’s preschool homeschool space post, you can check it out here.

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collage of preschool treasure hunt images with text: Treasure Hunt STEAM Station