Easter Egg Hunt

The above video was recorded with a 4 year old online English student in Japan.

At Easter it is the tradition in many western countries to hold an egg hunt, whereby children use clues to search a playing space to find Easter eggs. In our experience this is not only a fun activity for the children, and a chance to practice the English that they have learned, but also conveniently the game is very versatile and can easily be adapted to suit the different English levels and ages of classes.

There are many ways to conduct an Easter egg hunt. In our own classes, we have even had students rush around the school grounds with small handheld tablets, finding and scanning QR codes that link to images or message clues to the whereabout of the next clue location, but for teachers who may need to be prepared for both online and offline Easter-themed party lessons we include here instructions to an Easter egg hunt that can be conducted in either case.

Preparation time : Will depend on how many levels of clues teachers are planning to prepare, and how much teachers care about the aesthetics of their hunt, but for our own classes we tend to be very particular about how the materials look and preparation can take about 5 hours to prepare the map, the clues and the playing space.

Age group : Best played by students aged between 4 and 12

Materials :

  • A map of the layout of the playing space with a variety of Easter-themed vocabulary indicating places with the space

  • Clues left at the indicated places of the map, whose answer lead students to the next clue location, or a prize.

Number of players : Works just as well in private classes, as in larger groups

Objective : To reach the goal (we like to leave easter craft materials at the goal, so there is a clear prize).

Instructions for Preparation:

Before class draw or prepare a map of the space where the Easter egg hunt will take place. Teachers will also need to prepare clues to be placed at different locations around the playing space. Consideration should be made of the level and age of the students before clues are made. In the video above the child is 4 years old, so the clues have been designed to suit his age group. For teachers of older age groups, clues should be made more difficult. In our experience, for kindergarten children clues that require identifying images work well, for elementary school students, simple sentence clues are a good challenge, and when students hit junior high school age, brain teasers are especially fun hints. Below are a few examples of clues which have worked well in differently aged classes (though teachers will most likely need to help, depending on the level of the class).

For elementary school students :

  1. It is a plant. It has leaves. It is the same color as the sun. What is it? (Answer : A yellow tulip)
  2. It is an animal. It is cute. It looks like a cloud. What is it? (Answer : sheep)
  3. It is delicious. It is sweet. It has cocoa. It is brown. What is it? (Answer : Chocolate)
  4. It has leaves. It is beautiful. It is the same color as a tomato. What is it? (Answer : A red rose)
  5. It is hard. There is an animal inside. I sometimes eat it. What is it? (Answer : An egg)
  6. It eats carrots. It can jump. It has long ears. What is it? (Answer : A rabbit)
  7. I can put my eggs in this. It is the same color as chocolate. What is it? (Answer : An Easter basket)
  8. This is an animal. It is yellow and it is in an egg. What is it? (Answer : A chick / chicken)

For junior high school students :

  1. What do farmers plant that rhymes with weeds? (Answer : seeds)
  2. How many letters are in "the alphabet"? (Answer : 11 T - H - E - A - L - P - H - A - B - E - T)
  3. As I was going to St. Ives, I met a man with seven wives, Each wife had seven sacks, Each sack had seven cats, Each cat had seven kits: Kits, cats, sacks, and wives, How many people were going to St. Ives? (Answer : 1, only I was going )
  4. Which letter of the alphabet has the most water? (Answer : C, pronounced sea.)
  5. What are the next two letters in this?  J, F, M, A, M, J, _ , _ (Answer : J, A. They are the first letters of the months of the year.)
  6. What does this say?  HIGH HIGH HIGH HIGH HIGH (Answer : High five.)
  7. A woman and 9 friends are under ONE umbrella. But nobody gets wet. Why? (Answer : It isn't raining)
  8. What is the next number?  25, 24, 22, 19, 15, … (Answer : 10. The numbers are being subtracted in the order of 1,2,3,4,5)

Once clues have been made, they must be placed around the playing space. Answers to clues should lead to locations of the map, just as they do in the video.

Ideally the last clue should lead students to a goal, which can be a prize, or in our own classes leads students to the materials needed to make the craft. After all preparations are done, and the teacher has double checked that the clues follow correctly, the activity is ready to begin.