Hidden Treasure {Colossians Family Time #3}

I don’t know what it is about treasure hunts, but our kids LOVE them-

Maybe it’s the yearning in each one of our hearts for that special most precious treasure.

Maybe it’s the desire God gives us to keep seeking and searching until we find it.

There is no greater treasure that I want my children to long for, seek, search, and find- than CHRIST.
“In whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.” (Colossians 2:3)

And that’s what this week’s family {Bible} time is all about. :)

Hidden Treasures- Family Time
Colossians Family {Bible} Time #3

*Before you begin, prepare a “treasure chest” (any box or container will work).
Fill the “treasure chest” with Bible verses about wisdom and knowledge (Prov. 2:6, 3:13, 8:11, 9:10, 16:16… are a few examples; and make sure to have at least one paper with Colossians 2:2-3 on it). I found some colorful play money to write the verses on, but that’s completely optional. I also hid a little cross in the treasure chest. Then, hide the “treasure chest.”

*Make a map that will guide your children to the “treasure!” (Mine was NOT fancy at all… just a few quick squares and rectangles to show where furniture would be, with a big red “X” where the treasure was hidden… but I could see how you could really get into this!)

*Give them the map, and have them work together to find the treasure.
(Have older kids??? Make them find the treasure in the dark, have them find different pieces of the map before they can find the treasure, have the “map reader” guide his/her blindfolded family members to the treasure, etc.)

*When they find it, open it up and (when the cheering dies down) read the verses! (You could also have a yummy snack hiding there as well.)

hidden treasure
*Finish by reading Colossians 1:24-2:5 (highlighting Col. 2:2-3), and talk about how fun it was to search for the treasure, but how much GREATER it is to seek and find the treasures of wisdom and knowledge hidden in CHRIST. Christ is who we should seek most of all!

*Pray- “Thank You, God, for sending Christ and for making a way for us to know Your incredible wisdom and knowledge. Amen.”

*Repeat… this time allow your children to hide the “treasure” and make the “treasure map!”

Read More…
Colossians Family {Bible} Times
Family Time- Seek Me and Find Me
Family Time- Your Word is a Lamp


  1. Your blog means so much to me. I used to leave more comments in the past, but we moved three months ago and have been so busy. My husband accepted a non-paying (at the time) pastoral position in a small town, what a faith walk it has been. Your encouraging posts and transparency about your struggles through this life season has been instrumental in helping walk this out. My daughter loves treasure hunts too, I have called her my “treasure” since she was a baby. Will definitely be giving this a try. Would you please pray for me? My 9mo. Old baby boy has pertussis and I get my results back next week. We believe we caught it early on with him but it is an ugly illness. We know it is an attack from the enemy, but we also know our God is stronger. When we are on the frontlines we will face these things, but we are not alone. I often pray for you and your family as I know many others do. We are not alone, we are the body of Christ united. Thank you for all you do.

    • Shelley, I’m so blessed by your words, and so happy to hear from you again. Thank you for your kind prayers. I am praying for you also, and that precious boy of yours, as well as your family! Thank you for your kindness. I hope you enjoy your treasure hunt! :)
      Have a blessed day!

  2. I love this idea! You make it sound so simple to set up, I believe I will have to re-create this for my 3 and 5 yr old. Thanks for the idea :)

    • Thanks, Ginger. It really was very simple. I hope your 3 and 5 year old’s enjoy the treasure hunt as much as my kids did. :)
      Have a great day!

  3. Such a neat idea! I know my girls would love this, and I’ve never done anything like it with them before. A great Biblical link, too.

  4. kari jane smith says:

    Thank you so much. I used your treasure hunt idea today with my class of Kindergarten-4th graders. We are studying Colossians as a church, I teach the children’s lesson, and this was perfect for today’s lesson… after each child read the verse from the treasure box, I told them to tuck the treasure into their pocket and read it often. I also hid a cross made of metal spikes that usually hangs on my office wall. This cross created a powerful opportunity to discuss that Jesus suffered for us because He loves us. We are his treasure and he is our treasure! Christ is all in all!
    kari jane—children’s ministry director @ trinity fellowship church—richardson, TX