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May 18 - Treasure Hunt

As an experiment this time, I'm going to try and let the pictures do most of the talking for this Action Figure Epic Treasure Hunt.

The kids read clue #1, with figures (as instructed)

The kids read clue #1, with figures (as instructed)

Clue #1 led the kids to... the air conditioner!

Clue #1 led the kids to... the air conditioner!

I had planted Bane at the air conditioner, so they found him there, where we had them battle.

When they had defeated Bane, I gave them a little slip of paper I had in my pocket. This was a twist that surprised them. Here's what it said:

A little rebus to keep their brains sharp

A little rebus to keep their brains sharp

Batman checking the bananas for the next clue

Batman checking the bananas for the next clue

He eventually found the clue under the banana hanger

He eventually found the clue under the banana hanger

Clue #3 led the kids to the shoeshine box we use to store the hand-drawn notes my wife puts into their lunchboxes every day. It took them a bit to get it, but they got there on their own.

Clue #3 led the kids to the shoeshine box we use to store the hand-drawn notes my wife puts into their lunchboxes every day. It took them a bit to get it, but they got there on their own.

I tried to get better photos of the fights between Batman, Robin, and the villains, but it was a surprisingly hard shot to get since I had to be controlling the villains as well as photographing everything. They mostly came out looking like this.

I tried to get better photos of the fights between Batman, Robin, and the villains, but it was a surprisingly hard shot to get since I had to be controlling the villains as well as photographing everything. They mostly came out looking like this.

Once again, pulled this note out of my pocket for them after Ivy was defeated. I thought this might be more difficult, but Zephyr got this immediately. I suppose its the only flower in the house at the moment.

Once again, pulled this note out of my pocket for them after Ivy was defeated. I thought this might be more difficult, but Zephyr got this immediately. I suppose its the only flower in the house at the moment.

Reading clue #5

Reading clue #5

Clue #5 led to the humidifier, after a quick discussion about states of matter and how water vapor in the air is called humidity. It also serves as their night light, hence the "bright" clue.

Clue #5 led to the humidifier, after a quick discussion about states of matter and how water vapor in the air is called humidity. It also serves as their night light, hence the "bright" clue.

Lyric got this one, and was generally just really into this treasure hunt all the way through.

Lyric got this one, and was generally just really into this treasure hunt all the way through.

Clue #7, which was in the toy shopping cart. It let to a red helmet hanging off of an umbrella stand in the living room.

Clue #7, which was in the toy shopping cart. It let to a red helmet hanging off of an umbrella stand in the living room.

The kids found the Joker in the red helmet, and I delivered my final pocket note.

This led to a clue I had taped to a red phone on the kitchen counter. I thought it would be hiding in plain sight, but it was too obvious... I had to tell them not to open it when they found it as they were finding clue #3. But now they ran to it right away.

This led to a clue I had taped to a red phone on the kitchen counter. I thought it would be hiding in plain sight, but it was too obvious... I had to tell them not to open it when they found it as they were finding clue #3. But now they ran to it right away.

I was pretty happy with this way of using letters to spell out a message. Mildly challenging for Zephyr, but still fun. He figured it out.

I was pretty happy with this way of using letters to spell out a message. Mildly challenging for Zephyr, but still fun. He figured it out.

Lyric took off for their room like a bolt.

Justice League figures with cool armor! Sweet!

Just one last thing to say: this is kind of an excellent summation ofwhy I'm doing this whole morning activity thing. I can tell that this exactly what they want. Giving them an opportunity to play toys with their Dad while engaging some intellectual curiosity solving puzzles and winning a toy at the end is pretty much making their fantasies into a reality. Isn't that something you want to do for your kids? You have the opportunity to make that happen, it just takes a little planning and effort.