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Gold Rush Game


Children love to dig for treasure, and this game is perfect for an Old West-themed birthday party.


  • River stones
  • Gold spray paint
  • Marker
  • Muslin bags
  • Dollar stamp, optional
  • Aluminum pie pans
  • Awl
  • Sand box


  1. Step 1

    Spray-paint river stones in gold to create nuggets.

  2. Step 2

    Use a marker to draw numbers on each nugget. These numbers will correspond to the number on the prize bags. Number as many stones as you have prize bags.

  3. Step 3

    To make prize bags, use a marker or stamp to place a dollar sign and number on each muslin bag.

  4. Step 4

    Use an awl to cut holes in disposable pie pans to create sifting tools.

  5. Step 5

    Hide the nuggets in a sandbox and place the sifting tools on the sand. A cactus cutout is the perfect place to hang prize bags for this kids' game.

The Martha Stewart Show, May 2006