What Makes a Treasure?

Sharing my bliss balls this week, I got to wondering about treasure. We often think of treasure as something that is expensive, rare, or difficult to get. It tends to be something physical that we want to hold on to and guard. Many books, for example Herbert and Harry by Pamela Allen and Hidden Treasures: Rainbow Fish and Friends by Gail Donovan, explore the concept of treasure and whether treasure could be more intangible, an experience. Cooking is a fun activity you could use to open the discussion with your family or class. I tend to think of special treats, especially when we can share them with loved ones, as little treasures. I asked myself, if this didn’t take me long and wasn’t expensive, can it still be a special treasure? After or during some play time/cooking time, here are some ways you could open up the discussion or push it forward. Click here for my three-ingredient vegan, gluten-free bliss balls – kid-friendly and quick.

  • What are some things you call treasure? Why are they special to you?
  • How can we know if something is a treasure?
  • Does a treasure have to be useful?
  • Could something be treasure to one person but not to someone else? Can you give some examples?
  • What do we do when we have or find treasure?
  • Can something ugly be treasure?
  • Is there a difference between a special treat and a treasure?
  • Can you make your own treasure, or do you have to find it or buy it? Why?
  • Does a treasure become more or less valuable if you have to work hard for it?
  • Do we appreciate things more or less depending on how much we had to work or how much money we had to spend? Why do you think this might be?
  • Is something more or less special if someone you care about gave it to you? Why or why not?

Please share you and your tamariki’s* ideas below!

*children’s

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