Easter Egg Scavenger Hunt

Easter Egg Scavenger Hunt

Add some excitement to Easter day with a brand new version of the classic egg hunt. Instead of simply playing hide and seek with the eggs, try a guided family scavenger hunt. It will give your child a chance to practice following directions (every parent’s dream!), problem solve, and build critical thinking skills. Design the scavenger hunt as a family, or ask older siblings to prepare one for their younger brothers and sisters.

This hunt employs words, drawings, photographs, and more to create clues that will take your child around the house or outside into the family yard. Make a map that lists the steps to finding each egg, and then help your little one to search for her Easter prizes!

What You Need:

  • Construction paper
  • Markers
  • Pictures or photographs
  • Easter eggs (plastic or real eggs of your choosing)
  • Easter basket

What You Do:

  1. Prepare for the Easter egg scavenger hunt by coming up with sneaky hiding spots. The hunt may occur inside or out, depending on the weather. You will need to decide on the setting first, in order to create the clues. If you are using plastic eggs you may hide them beforehand. For real (hard-boiled) Easter eggs, wait until just before the hunt is to begin.
  2. Create a simple map of the scavenger hunt area. Encourage your child to help with the map (without knowing the exact hiding places). Use a large sheet of construction paper and markers to draw specific landmarks such as a swing set, tree, or furniture.
  3. After your child has drawn the map of your house or yard, draw arrows for directions to follow and number the hiding areas. For example, if the first egg is hidden behind the shed, write a “1” there. Next, place an arrow in the direction that she should travel in order to find the next prize.
  4. Create clues. Draw pictures of various household landmarks or take photographs of the hiding places. Number these in order on the back. If you have several children, make a whole bunch of different clues.
  5. Let the scavenger hunt begin! Give her the map and show her the first clue. She should take her Easter basket to the starting point and begin the hunt. She will go from clue to clue, collecting eggs at each hiding place.
  6. End the hunt with a fun surprise, such as a chocolate egg or special toy prize.

Add an Easter day twist by asking your child to create an egg scavenger hunt just for you! After she has finished her own hunt, have her set up a new one that you can try. Encourage her to draw another map and create new clues.

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Paper Easter Eggs

Paper Easter Eggs

Want to decorate eggs for Easter without all the mess? Try making an Easter egg collage instead! Preschoolers love paper and glue crafts, and all that drawing and cutting is a great way to strengthen little hands for better fine motor skills. Sneak in a lesson on shape recognition for an extra bit of learning.

What You Need:

  • Several sheets of construction paper in different colors
  • Scissors
  • White glue or glue stick
  • Marker or crayon
  • Glitter (optional)

What You Do:

  1. Ask your child to draw a large egg-shaped oval on a sheet of construction paper and cut it out.
  2. Glue the oval onto another sheet of construction paper of a different color.
  3. Have your child draw and cut out shapes from the remaining construction paper in different sizes and colors. Try making geometric shapes such as circles, squares, or triangles or free-form, organic shapes like clouds or amoebas.
  4. Help him create his collage by arranging the paper shapes in a pattern or random design on the egg. Have him name the shapes as he goes along.
  5. Once his collage is laid out, help your child glue the shapes down.
  6. If you’re using glitter, have your child make designs on his egg with glue and sprinkle glitter on top. Tilt the collage and shake to remove the excess glitter.
  7. Set the collage aside to dry.
  8. Once it’s dry, display it on the wall and enjoy!

Try making more egg collages using different colors, shapes, patterns, and lines. Hang them up around the house to get your home ready for Easter.

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Easter Lamb

Easter Lamb

Funny bunnies and cute chicks are very popular at Easter. Why not mix things up with an Easter lamb? Have your preschooler lend a hand when it comes to the Easter decorations by making this adorable popcorn lamb. The good news is that she won’t empty out your bag of cotton balls. However, your little lamb may cause snack cravings!

What You Need:

  • Popcorn
  • Hot air popper or microwave
  • Bowl
  • White paper plate
  • Glue
  • Black construction paper
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Tape
  • Googly eye

What You Do:

  1. Help your preschooler use the hot air popper or microwave to pop the popcorn. Be sure to make a little more than you think you will need since there will almost certainly be some snacking taking place. Let the popcorn cool while you complete steps 2–4.
  2. Cover your work area so that it is easy to clean up after using the glue.
  3. On the black construction paper, show your child how to draw two rectangular lamb legs and an oblong lamb head.
  4. Cut these pieces out and tape or glue them to the plate.
  5. Help your child glue the googly eye in place on the lamb’s face.
  6. Now it’s time to cover the lamb’s body with popcorn. Help your child add glue to a small area and have him cover the glue with popcorn. Repeat until the lamb is covered with popcorn.
  7. Let the glue set while you take the leftover popcorn to a good snacking spot.
  8. When you are done snacking, turn the lamb over to see what falls off. Reglue these pieces of popcorn and let dry.
  9. Hang in a safe place. You don’t want your pets snacking on the Easter lamb!

You could continue the project by creating a whole flock of sheep to accompany your lamb. If you want some variety, use dessert plates for the bodies of smaller lambs.

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