Since the movie “The Pirates of the Caribbean” came out, my son has been obsessed with finding treasures and pretending to be like Captain Jack Sparrow. He wanted his very own pirates kit complete with the treasure map. So, I made him an eye patch and made him a treasure map. To make the treasure map more fun, I actually buried a treasure. This treasure was a toy that he had wanted for a long time. Here is how you can create a treasure map for your own child.
a white piece of typing paper
a used tea bag
1. Go out into the yard and count a series of steps.
2. When you hit a landmark or something of interest draw a symbol on the white paper.
3. Repeat step 2 as many times as possible.
4. Find a spot to have the red “X”. This is where you will bury the treasure if that is what you wish.
5. Trace over the treasure map in pen or permanent marker. This is so the landmarks do not fade when you antique it.
6. Take the tea bag and wet it. Gently rub the tea bag over the paper. Repeat as many times as you want until the desired results of the antique map are acquired. Let dry overnight.
7. Once the paper has dried, gently rip along the edges of the map. Once that is completed wad up the map, straighten out, and then repeat.
8. Soak the waded piece of paper in water for a few minutes with the tea bag. Take the paper out and straighten out and let dry. This will be a brittle piece of paper but it will make your child’s day.
9. Roll the map up and tie a ribbon (or a piece of yarn) around the map. Then watch as your child finds their treasure.
Making this treasure map takes about 2 days to make but it is well worth the time because it will allow your child’s imagination run wild.