Easter egg hunts can teach colour recognition, basic maths problem solving, beginner reading and even fine motor skills.
Here are some tips to incorporate learning into your Easter egg hunt:
1. Each child has their own colour
This way you can ensure that no one hogs all the eggs and you don’t have too many tears if someone misses out. Colour recognition is an important skill to learn too!
2. Set a target
Tell each child how many eggs are hidden in their colour. Ask them how many they’ve found, then ask how many are remaining. This incorporates basic maths skills into the hunt.
3. Make your own baskets
Using (child-friendly) scissors teaches fine motor skills that will be essential for when your child starts school.
4. Make a note of all your hiding places
Melted chocolate down the side of the couch is never a good look, so remember where you hid the eggs! For older children, you could leave a clue attached to each egg—this is great for comprehension and early reading.
5. It doesn’t have to be chocolate
You can buy tiny plastic eggs in different colours. In the eggs, you can put little prizes like toy dinosaurs, etc. Alternatively, hide some letters of the alphabet in each egg—the child then gets a prize that corresponds to that letter.
6. Most importantly, have fun!
It’s all a game. There will always be time to incorporate learning into everyday activities. If your child isn’t into the counting, or making the basket, just roll with it. It’s all about having fun and enjoying spending time together.
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