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By Erin Brereton, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Real-world treasure hunts are best for teens or as a family.

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age 2+

Best of both worlds with Parent Supervision

We have been a Geocaching family since 2010. We search on-line for hides near places we're going and take the coordinates of hidden containers with us. We've traveled locally, around the country and in Canada while Geocaching. The social side is wonderful too. Our son knows other children from events we go to every year. We have friends we've met through Geocaching in the USA and Canada. We started when our son was only three. He has learned geography, GPS use, map reading, hiking, introducing himself to someone, staying safe in the woods, fair trading for SWAG (Stuff We All Get, larger containers have items for taking in return for leaving something of equal or greater value), playing outdoors, wildlife, plants and so much more. He can find a geocache faster than most adults. Playing builds confidence and encourages a family to be outside together.

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Geocaching hunts range from simple but exciting challenges to complex problem-solving adventures. Parents may want to remain heavily involved in the chase, instead of letting kids roam on their own; with a little help, the activity can be a good chance to reinforce valuable geography, map reading, and other skills and get your kids excited about exploring the world around them. After entering coordinates into a computer, GPS device, or phone, kids can track down hidden geocache packages, which are ranked by difficulty level and terrain rating. Many just contain a logbook or trinkets; but the contents really aren't the important part. With geocaching, getting there is more than half the fun -- and, as an added bonus, because users are encouraged to replace any items they remove, kids will get a bonus lesson in good citizenship.

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