Easter Egg Hunt
An idea using maps and plans
Use maps to hide and search for Easter eggs.
What you need
maps and plans resource trolley or a large sheet of paper and writing tools
six plastic Easter eggs (available from discount shops at Easter)
large number tiles numbered 1-6: hopscotch floor tiles are ideal
six small bowls
blank floor plan of your setting’s outdoor area
What you do
Number the eggs 1-6 clearly with a marker pen. Older children could do this themselves.
Provide a blank floor plan of your outdoor area. Work with the children to mark any permanent features onto it.
Make an Easter egg scoreboard: Involve the children in ordering large number tiles to correspond with the number of eggs. Stand the number tiles up against an outside wall with a small plastic bowl in front of each tile to put the eggs in. The bowls could also be numbered 1-6 to aid number matching and recognition.
Divide the children into two groups: ‘The Hiders’ and ‘The Seekers’:
Talk about good places to hide the eggs.
Once you have decided, draw and number egg shapes on your map to indicate where the eggs will be hidden.
Go outside and hide the eggs accordingly. Remember to take the map with you!
Once the eggs are hidden pass the map on to the Seekers or display it outside.
Go outside and search for the eggs. Encourage the children to use the map to help find them.
Return the eggs to the Easter egg scoreboard, matching them to the numbered tiles.
Repeat the activity in a later session, changing the groups so that all the children have an opportunity to find the eggs.
Ready for more?
Adapt this activity for other celebrations. At Christmas hide ‘presents’, i.e. boxes wrapped in Christmas paper and numbered. For Eid, hide Eid cookies wrapped in paper bundles with a numbered gift tag.
Use the ideas in ‘Outdoor action track map’ to plan, set up and map a challenging egg and spoon obstacle course!
Look, listen and note
Good control and co-ordination
Work as part of a group
Everyday objects and shapes
Places, objects and materials
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