If you’re looking for an educational AND FUN hands-on learning activity for Easter, look no further! Toddlers, preschoolers, and young elementary age children will love going on this educational Easter egg hunt.
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We love holidays and enjoy celebrating them all month long. I always struggle with getting enough time for Easter because it’s so close to St. Patrick’s Day. So in our house, we decorate for both. My handful of St. Patrick’s Day decorations are thrown in with all of the Easter ones and no one really seems to mind. My girls especially love anything hands-on, so first up on our list was this educational Easter egg hunt. Our Easter decorations haven’t even been up for a day and we’ve already had more egg hunts than I can count.
I love that this Easter egg hunt is educational and provides various learning opportunities. It is incredibly simple, requires very few supplies, is fairly quick and easy to prep, and your kids will ask you to do it again and again. That’s a win in my book!
Benefits Of Scavenger Hunts
There are so many benefits to scavenger hunts. They provide opportunities for children to follow directions and practice propositions. Your children will have to listen to specific directions in order to find their eggs, such as “the egg is to the right of the window.”
They encourage cooperation and teamwork. If you have more than one child, you can encourage them to work together to find all of their eggs, fit the pieces together, and figure out the letter name/sound. Working as a team is one of the most important life skills that helps encourage socialization in children.
Scavenger hunts also allow your children to exercise their body and mind. It helps build problem solving skills through hands-on-learning, which ensures that ch8ildren retain the information longer. It also gets your children to move their bodies. Whether you play this indoors or out, your children will be running, climbing over things, and looking under things.
Educational Easter Egg Hunt
Large or Small Plastic Easter Eggs
Easter Basket or Bucket
How To Set It Up
Remove the puzzle pieces and add one to each plastic egg.
Hide the eggs around the house/yard.
Give your children a basket to put the eggs that they collect in. Once they find an egg, they can begin matching the puzzle pieces together. While they are matching them, I encourage you to have them say the letter name and/or sound out loud. Be sure to help them if they do not know.
Once they’ve collected all 26 letters, their educational Easter egg hunt is complete. And now you can do it again!
This educational Easter egg hunt isn’t limited to just letter puzzles. Fridge magnets fit great inside plastic eggs as well. You can switch it up and use numbers, shapes, or even different colored pom poms so the child can practice their colors.
Take a look around your house and see what you have that will fit inside of your plastic eggs. Your kids will enjoy the different variations and learning opportunities.
You can also hide these fun eggs for your children. I take them apart and hide each piece separately. After they find all of the pieces, they can sit and match them together. Besides watching the joy and excitement from your children, these egg hunts are great opportunities for busy parents to make dinner, catch up on household chores, or get a few precious minutes “alone”. Here’s a list of more non-screen time activities to keep toddlers and preschoolers busy.
If you’re looking for ideas to fill your Easter eggs with, be sure to check out this EPIC list. You will find ideas for everyone in your family, including babies and even adults.