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The Mathematical Easter Egg Hunt – Whole Class Game

PDF | 11 pages|Grades: 2 - Lower - 6

A differentiated whole class Easter egg hunt.

This whole class game is perfect for a fun afternoon in the lead up to Easter. Students find the hidden eggs, solve number sentences and determine the code words.

An Easter Hunt … Now Featuring Maths!

Uh oh! The Easter Bunny’s eggs have all been turned to paper with numbers all over them! The only way to get them turned back into chocolate is to find all of them listed on your worksheets, solve the mathematical number sentences correctly and figure out the code words. Good luck!

This fun end-of-term activity will keep your students engaged during this time when it can be tricky to keep them focused.

Cut out the 24 Easter eggs and place them around the room or a particular spot in the playground. Hide them in positions where it might be tricky to find but still possible. Ensure your students understand that when they find an egg to leave it in place.

Simultaneous Differentiation

The three worksheets that are included in this resource allow you to differentiate the activity based on the abilities of your students. Each worksheet uses the same Easter eggs that are hidden around the classroom, the only difference is the way the numbers are ordered and the operations that are used. This way you can have all students playing the game at the same time, at their own level.

There are symbols in the top-right corner of each worksheet that allow you to quickly determine which to give your students and the worksheet they are working on when they are completing the activity. They are listed below in order of complexity.

  • Triangle
    • Students should be able to complete simple addition and subtraction number sentences.
  • Circle
    • Students should be able to complete simple addition, subtraction and multiplication problems.
  • Trapezium

Crack the Codes (Not the Eggs!)

Once the students have solved the number sentences correctly, provide them with a cipher. There are three versions that you can provide to your students. You may want to start by giving them the hardest one first, that way you can always provide them additional hints by giving them the more complete versions.

You can print multiple ciphers for your students to use or just display them digitally using pages 6, 7 and 8.

  National Curriculum Curriculum alignment

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Emily Salmon

Wow love this idea! I am definitely going to be using it for my sister. Also I am training to be a primary teacher and start my placement tomorrow so I’m looking for new ideas!

Emily Salmon · Mar 17th, 2021

Paul (Teach Starter)

Thanks for your lovely feedback, Emily! Good luck on your first day of prac!

Paul (Teach Starter) · Mar 17th, 2021

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