#52 Treasure Hunt

Treasure Hunt

This is a simple but very effective way to get pupils to get their noses into the books, and to make them use their brain at the same time. It can be used as an induction activity, but can be used for fun or competitive purposes also. Prizes help; they don’t have to be expensive.

The premise is very simple. You set up a trail of clues, where one leads to the next in various sections of your library. They can be in the form of text, audio or visual. They can be extremely boring or very exciting. It depends on the group, and particularly on how much effort you put into thinking it through; also only really recommended for S1/2s. Give it a dummy run before the live event: there’s always something you won’t have thought of!

Don’t make it too easy, but don’t make it impossible either. If you have more than 6 people participating, either ‘stagger’ the starting point, or create 3-4 strands which are all unique. It’s a good idea to create your own materials, and not rely on generic questions. Make the questions relevant to your own library, services and locality and it will be better appreciated.

Simple, but effective.

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