Get kids reading with an Easter Treasure Hunt!

2017-02-01T14:45:07+00:00April 16th, 2011|Categories: Literacy Activities|2 Comments

As a child, Easter was always one of my favorite holidays. We used to spend it with some great family friends in Massachussetts, who happened to have a huge yard on the edge of a forest.

Our parents used to prepare amazing Easter hunts for us, hiding eggs and chocolates all over the place. The fun seemed to last forever!

Living in Montreal, our Easter Sundays are always terribly unpredictable. It can be spring in full-bloom outside, or we might still have snow. Most of the time, it is somewhere in between, lots of mud, mush and melting snow. So great outdoor Easter hunts are often not possible..

But the indoor hunts always seem to be over before they’ve begun! Despite our cunning hiding tactics… 🙂

A couple of years ago, I decided to make things a little different to have the fun last a bit longer. I set up an Easter Treasure Hunt, where the kids had to read clues in order to find the hidden goodies in the house. Each clue was hidden with a couple of chocolates/eggs that they could put in their baskets before moving on to the next clue.

The final clue gets hidden with their ‘bigger’ chocolates/baskets, as their final reward. They absolutely loved this, and have asked for one every year since.

As an example, here’s our first clue from our first treasure hunt, leading the kids to the dryer, where the Easter Bunny went to dry off:

Want to try it? You can download mine here, and adapt it as you wish!

Easter treasure hunt

I’d love to hear from you if you’ve done anything similar, or would want to try this yourselves!

Happy Easter!

Michelle

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2 Comments

  1. The Book Chook May 16, 2011 at 9:38 am - Reply

     I absolutely love the idea of a treasure hunt with clues to read. Especially the idea of finding some small eggs with a clue! Great way to sneak reading into the fun. 

    • Michelle Skamene May 16, 2011 at 2:06 pm - Reply

       Thanks! They had a great time. I actually took it one step further this year and made 2 different ‘hunts’ for the two different age groups: pre-readers, and readers (we had cousins over). The younger ones had different sorts of puzzle clues (for example, a puzzle they had to piece together which ended up being a picture of the microwave, where the next clue was hidden), and the older ones had the written clues they had to read and solve. It was so much fun!! We still eneded up with too much chocolate, though. We’re still trying to get through it all! 🙂

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