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Every year we have lots of fun with our grandchildren at our annual Easter Egg hunt held on our back lawn. The kids enjoy it and look forward to it. However, last year I realized that the kids were getting too big to truly enjoy opening little plastic eggs with little candies and trinkets inside. I decided to create something new. The kids had a great time and when it was over I thought an adapted version of my new math egg hunt could be used for classroom fun.
I created a new Easter Egg hunt based on luck but was engaging and lots of fun. The eggs were stuffed with numbers. Just for fun, the numbers over 10 were printed in yellow to be recognized as having a higher point value. Here are the sheets of numbers waiting to be cut and stuffed into the eggs.
Each kid got a sheet with 16 numbers. The kids had to choose 12 numbers, to match the number of eggs in a carton--one dozen eggs. These are the only numbers they would get credit for finding. Their chosen numbers were written in the bunny ears. ***Challenge for selecting numbers---Of course, lower numbers are worth less, but there were more of them in the eggs, so the chance of finding lower numbers was greater.
Then the kids ran around the yard looking in the garden, on benches, in flower pots, in window boxes, etc. until they were sure they had found all of the eggs.
Each child was given an egg carton with the 12 numbers they chose--one number in each section.
When they opened the eggs there was a number inside from 5-20. Then they sorted the numbers from the eggs into the egg cartons. If they had chosen the number in the beginning they were awarded that number of points. If the number in their egg was not on their list, it was discarded. We computed one number at a time, starting with 20 and working our way down to 5. "How many 20s do you have? How many points is that?" Then the next child was asked, "How many 20s do you have? How many points is that?"
Next the numbers had to be tallied. It was interesting to see the 9-year-old who "doesn't like math" adding those points--all of a sudden interested. "I found five 9s. That's 45 points." The 1st grade twins had no problem concluding "I found three 10s. That's 30 points." Finally, the 9-year-old used a calculator to add the total number of points for each of them.
Slightly larger eggs were stuffed with a $$$$ to create 1st, 2nd and 3rd place prizes.
And, of course, they each received a present from their grandparents. Here they are holding the prize eggs. That was my hunt for my grandchildren. It was lots of fun because they enjoyed the steps of the process and there was suspense to see who would win. Shockingly, the older one liked doing the computing. Everyone was very happy!
HERE'S AN IDEA TO ADAPT THE MATH EGG HUNT FOR A CLASSROOM ACTIVITY:
- Gather enough plastic eggs for each kid in your class to find at least 3 eggs. (You decide the number). To be safe, be sure to make a few extra eggs. Occasionally, 1 or 2 eggs are never found!
- Stuff the eggs with numbers the kids can add on their ability level.
- Enlist someone to help you "hide" the eggs on the playground just before your hunt.
- Arrange kids in groups of 5 or 6 and send in a general direction so as not to have them run over each other. There is no need to rush or push or fight. Everyone gets to collect just 3 eggs and there are plenty for everyone. It is a game of luck! No one know which eggs have the "big numbers."
- Tell kids when they have found 3 eggs, they should return to you.
- When all of the eggs have been collected, and you return to the classroom, the kids add their numbers. The 3 kids with the highest totals win 1st, 2nd and 3rd place prizes presented in larger eggs or envelopes--or whatever you create. Prizes can be dollar store finds or homework certificates.
If you try the math Easter Egg hunt, let me know how it works for you. Have fun! Happy Easter! Happy Spring! Before you leave to go to the next blog, be sure to check out my freebie created especially for you--participants of this blog hop!
SPRING INTO LEARNING
12 task cards are included in this math resource that will be free for the duration of the blog hop.
Math skills are reinforced while using task cards to play a Scoot activity or a Kaboom game. Skills reinforced are:
-addition and subtraction of multi digit numbers
-multiplication and division of multi-digit numbers by a one-digit number
-using symbols for less than, greater than and equal to
Can be used in small groups, whole groups and math centers.
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