Fun Easter Egg Hunt for Math Loving Kids

Make Your Easter Egg Hunt a Math Challenge

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Put a new spin on the traditional Easter egg hunt for your kid who loves math. This is a fun math game that challenges your math whiz to solve a new problem before they can find the next egg the Easter Bunny has hidden in the house.

The Easter Egg Math Game

Rather than just hiding colored eggs for your child to find, hide plastic eggs filled with math problems. If solved correctly, each egg will lead to the next problem.

There are a few ways to begin and end your Easter egg hunt:

  • Put the first egg in the Easter basket and have the last problem lead to a simple gift (like a math game).
  • Start with the first egg by itself and have the last problem lead to where the Easter Bunny hid the Easter basket.

A Year-Round Math Game

This is a fun activity for kids even if you don't celebrate Easter and can be done any time of the year. For example, this can be a fun way to give your child their birthday present. Use any kind of small and empty container to hold the clues.

If your child is verbally gifted, use the reading version of the egg hunt.

How to Set Up the Math Easter Egg Hunt

Step 1: Decide how many problems your child should solve

Too many problems can make the game tedious. Too few may not be challenging enough.

You might also start with easier problems and make them a little harder as they go on. Don't make them too hard, though!

You don't want your child getting frustrated, you want her to have fun.

Step 2: Make a list of places to hide the eggs

The plastic eggs should not be hidden where a child could easily spot them without the clues. Forget the typical egg hunting spots like behind a photo on the living room table. Instead, think of more hidden places like inside the refrigerator or dishwasher.

  • The hiding places can be anywhere in the house, not just the living or family room, where the Easter Bunny is most likely to visit. 
  • Older children will enjoy branching out, but younger children might do better with the clues confined to smaller areas.
  • Make the list of places about three times longer than the number of problems your child will need to solve. Not every location will actually have an egg hidden there. (See step 3.)

Step 3: Write out the problems

The problems you write should have multiple choice answers and each answer will take the child to a different location.

Example: "What is 3 X 6?" 

  • A) 12 - inside the refrigerator
  • B) 18 - inside the bread drawer
  • C) 15 - underneath the sofa

Write the problems on little slips of paper. Make sure the paper is large enough so your child can read it easily but small enough to fit inside the plastic egg.

Step 4: Create and fill out a chart

Once you have all the problems and answers written out, draw a table on a sheet of paper (or use a spreadsheet on your computer) with three columns and as many rows needed for the number of problems you will have. 

  • In the first column, write down the row number. Start with the number "1." 
  • The second column is for the math problem to be placed in that egg.
  • The third column is for the hiding place the problem leads to (and where the second egg will be placed).

Continue filling out the chart so you can easily see where each problem leads. This lets you know where to place each egg. 

If the 3 X 6 problem is in the first egg, your first line in the chart would look like this:

13x6inside the bread drawer

'Egg 2' is the one to be placed in the bread drawer. The second line of the chart would be for 'Egg 2' and the second problem. 

Note: The locations for the wrong answers should not have eggs in them!

Step 5: Number the eggs

Count the number of eggs needed. Remember that you will have one less egg than math problems because the last problem leads not to an egg, but to a surprise!

  • Write numbers on the eggs to make it easier to hide the eggs in the right order.
  • The numbers will correspond to the numbers on your chart.
  • The numbers can be very small since only you need to see them.

Step 6: Put the clues in the eggs

Following your chart: fold each piece of paper and place it into the corresponding egg.

Make sure that you put the right clue in the right egg! Clue number one goes in 'Egg 1' and so on.

Step 7: Hide the eggs

Again, following the chart, place the eggs in the proper hiding places.

'Egg 1' will be out in the open since it contains the first hint. Put it in the Easter basket if you leave one out for your child to see on Easter morning or leave it where it can be seen easily.

Remember that 'Egg 1' is not the egg the child finds first, but the one that contains the first clue. 'Egg 2' is placed where that first clue leads.

Step 8: Hide the surprise

The last hint leads to the surprise. A math book or math game would be good choices, but it can be anything your child would like.

  • If your child likes puzzles, it can be a new puzzle.
  • If your child likes movies, it can be a DVD.

It doesn't have to be an expensive surprise and it can even be the Easter basket itself!

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