Easter is nearly upon us and as you know kids love chocolate and therefore Easter. This year why not celebrate the coming of summer by mixing-up your usual lessons with some exciting and educational variations on the classic usual Easter Egg Hunt.
For any Egg Hunt you will of course need the eggs and for that these plastic eggs can be a great help.
Literacy Easter Egg Hunt
Taking place in the classroom or outside in the playground this alphabet-based Easter Egg Hunt is a great way to get your class practicing phonics.
First you need to fill your eggs with prizes, write a letter on each one and create a list of hiding places, pertaining to each letter of the alphabet – you can leave out any you have trouble thinking of (like X, Y and Z). You can either use the names of the places as the clues, draw picture of them or create new clues, depending on how well you think your class will do. It could be necessary to do all three with so you can give them more hints about where they might be hidden.
Ideas for Hiding Places
A = Artwork
B = Bench
C = Chair
D = Desk
E = Easter Display
F = Filing Cabinet
G = Games Cupboard
H = Hat Stand
I = ICT Room
You can then separate your class into a few groups and give each group a different clue to start off their hunt. After they find each egg get them to return them to you so you can check on progress and make sure they found the right one, you can then give them the next clue.
At the end of the activity you can get the class to work together to put their letters in the correct alphabetical order.
Numeracy Easter Egg Hunt
A simple arithmetic egg hunt, this activity can be made as simple or difficult as you like depending on the ability level of your class.
Take the eggs and fill them with written maths questions, number puzzles and questions about maths - you can make them as simple or difficult as you want. You will need at least 30 and the more the better, you can even use questions from worksheets they did earlier in the week if you think your class might struggle a bit.
You will also need to bring some prizes in, don’t put them inside the eggs as you will need to keep them on your person.
Once all the eggs are filled with questions, hide them around the classroom or outside in the playground, don’t make it too tricky to see them as there are no clues to give them tips for where they are hidden.
Name a number that is larger than 12 and smaller than 15
‘3 X 4 = ?’
If there are 6 eggs and you eat 2 for breakfast how many are left?
10 X ? = 20’
Write these numbers in order starting with highest: 10, 6, 5, 7, 2, 8, 4, 3, 12, 1, 9, 11.
5 + 12 = ?
150 / 2 = 75
What is the next number in this sequence 14, 16, 18, 20, 22, ?
When you are ready, split your class up into teams. The more teams the less time it will take, so you can decide how much time you have on the day.
Then, send them off to find the eggs and tell them to come and find you once they have found an egg.
They then need to tell you the answer to their question in order to claim their prize.
Ideas for Prizes
Not all these will fit inside the plastic eggs, but there are some good ideas for prizes that are healthier than the usual chocolates and sweets. However, chocolate isn’t great for kids and with the extra sugar comes the sugar crash later on in the day.
- Raisons and dried fruit.
- Small toys.
- Fruit juice.
- Homemade origami objects.