One of our Easter traditions is to embark on an Easter egg treasure hunt. This involves written clues which need to be read and then figured out before the next lot of eggs can be found.
The boys love this activity ... and so do I.
I like the way the Easter Egg Treasure Hunt encouraged the boys to:
- read the clues,
- solve the riddles,
- find the answers
- and then search for eggs.
They needed to draw on so many different skills to complete the task. But more than that - it was so much fun!
The other point is that by adding clues, the Easter egg treasure hunt was more engaging and took longer than a normal egg hunt which involves more running all over the place in a mad dash to find as many eggs as possible.
Creating an Easter Egg Treasure Hunt is very easy to set up.
- Pieces of paper to write the clues on
- A pen
- Eggs - or other objects to search for
- An egg collecting receptacle
Step One: Write the Clues
Here are a couple of the clues we used. Obviously, you can write them in your own style and to match the environment and abilities of the children you are catering for.
Clue No. 1.
I am tall.
I have a box on top of my long pole.
I hold mail left by the mailman.
Clue No. 2.
I am very big.
I have green leaves.
I have a trunk.
I am in the middle of the front yard.
Clue No. 3.
I am very useful.
I hold up all the wet clothes so they can dry.
I have lots of pegs.
Clue No. 8.
I am an outside door.
I am NOT the front door.
I am NOT the garage door.
I am NOT the glass sliding door.
I am the ......................... door.
Step Two: Hide the Clues and the Eggs
The most confusing part of setting this activity up came when I had to place the clues and the eggs around the yard and house. Each clue had to be placed one step ahead. For example, the 2nd clue (about the tree) had to placed in the location the 1st clue sent the boys to (the mailbox).
To help with this, I wrote the correct location to place each clue on the back of the clue itself. This made placing them in the correct place much easier.
Step Three: Issue Egg Receptacles - otherwise known as egg cartons.
At the beginning of the treasure egg hunt, both boys were armed with empty egg cartons. These are really effective in the sense they can be closed so all the eggs, which have been collected, don't fall out in the rush around the place.
We could have ... and probably should have ... expanded this activity by decorating the egg cartons before the treasure egg hunt. The boys could have turned ordinary egg cartons into egg collecting devices but I never thought of this until later.
Never mind ... something to add into the mix for next year's treasure egg hunt.
Step Four: Issue the First Clue
By reading the clue, the boys knew where to go to look for eggs. With each small batch of eggs they located, the boys found the next clue needed to continue the Easter egg treasure hunt.
Step Three: Eat the treasure
... or in the case of one of the boys, give the treasure away and share it with others.
Alternatives to the Easter Egg Treasure Hunt - All Year Round Games
While this treasure hunt is perfect for searching and locating Easter eggs, it would also work perfectly for other times during the year.
The game would be great for:
- language activities (e.g., read clues to locate word cards which then have to be assembled into a sentence before a prize can be received)
- sight word reinforcement - clues lead to sight words which have been written in various places in the environment. Once located, the sight word can be marked off a game card with the objective being to locate and mark off all sight words.
- maths - use clues to locate picture or number cards which then have to be rearranged in order sequence (e.g., highest to lowest numbers/ size, etc.)
The possibilities are endless. I just have to remember to organise this throughout the year as it will definitely be a fantastic way to engage the boys in a learning activity. In fact, I'm sure they'll see it more as a game than a lesson of any sort.
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