“Look in a box on Cameron’s bed,” Cameron read from the pink construction paper heart he held. He sounded out each word (I helped with look), and then read the whole sentence again smoothly. He gave me a ‘really, I should do this?’ glance, then trotted off down the hall to his room, his head tilted just enough to show he was puzzled. “There’s a box,” he exclaimed, and quickly dug out the heart I’d set inside. This one was orange. “Another one!” The game was on, and he loved it.
Here, he decided to throw in his own rule: hints are read on the comfy chair. Excellent, adds to the running back and forth! I’d strategically hidden the clues so they were never in the same room, thinking to maximize energy expenditure along with the reading exercise.
Absently he handed me the first heart, and set to reading the next one.
Look in a cup in the tub.
Look in a mug on the desk.
Look under bunny.
Look in the book on Mama’s bed.
Look on top of the TV.
Look in a mitt in Cameron’s basket.
Look under the lamp on the desk.
Look in a pocket in Cameron’s jacket.
Look in the red hat on mama’s bed.
Each colourful heart-hint he took back to the comfy chair, and slowly sounded out most words, though some he knows by sight now. He knew there was a treat at the end, so each hint had him running!
Oh, the joy when he reached into that red hat and found not another hint, but a kinder egg. Mama wasn’t kidding – it was a treasure hunt!