A rainbow treasure hunt

rainbow beads

Max helped me set up a rainbow treasure hunt for Ruby’s 5th birthday party.

We like to keep our birthday parties fairly simple, with a couple of games, some mostly healthy food and time to simply play.

rainbow yarn

For our rainbow treasure hunt we used:

treasure for the rainbow treasure hunt

We placed the wooden tree stump to the side of the lawn. Then we tied a ball of yarn to each nail and ran it out into the garden.

One went up the cubby house slide, one went into the sandpit, one went to the mud kitchen and so on until they were all used up.

rainbow treasure hunt yarn

At the end of each ball of yarn was a bowl of beads, the same colour as the yarn. The yellow yarn leading to the yellow beads and so on.

rainbow treasure hunt

The rainbow treasure hunt was a nice way to ‘break the ice’ at the party since some of the children didn’t know each other.

It was lovely to watch them happily ran along the yarn lengths to find the treasure at the end!

searching for treasure

Once they had found all the treasure I gave them string to make a rainbow necklace.


The string was a little tricky to thread, so the parents mostly ended up making the necklaces.

If I was to do it again, I would sticky tape an end so the children could more easily thread the beads on.

making rainbow necklace

The children took their pretty rainbow necklaces home instead of a party bag *smile*

The other game we played at Ruby’s party was pass the parcel, with pretty gems inside. And otherwise the children played.

rainbow necklace

For more birthday party inspiration you can see Max’ 6th birthday party here and Ruby’s last party here.

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Blessings, Kelly







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  • Reply Anna July 4, 2016 at 11:27 pm

    That is so sweet. Simple and colourful and good idea about the gems in the pass the parcel :-). I love your blog – beautiful photos and so colourful and uplifting. Keep up the good work!

    • Reply Kelly July 5, 2016 at 4:21 pm

      thanks so much Anna. The gems are always loved and treasured!

  • Reply Kate Lloyd July 6, 2016 at 5:48 pm

    Oh Kelly, you do things so well and so beautifully. I love that they were the gifts that children got to take home. I’m going to remember this one.

  • Reply Alison B July 7, 2016 at 1:18 pm

    I love all things rainbow and this idea is just beautiful. I could imagine the kids excitedly following the string and I love that the ending is an alternative to a traditional party bag.

  • Reply Naomi Odlin July 10, 2016 at 2:27 am

    What a lovely idea for a party! I can definitely see myself using this in the future when my little one is older.

    • Reply Kelly July 11, 2016 at 1:57 pm

      It was a fun and simple activity, great for ‘breaking the ice’ at the party 🙂

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