Engagement,  Math

How to Do a Math Easter Egg Hunt

Math Easter Egg Hunt

Okay, y’all know how much I love seasonal activities! Hands down one of my favorite holiday activities is a math Easter egg hunt. I’m a big fan of scavenger hunt-type games to begin with, so of course I had to come up with a math version to celebrate Easter.

Math Easter egg hunts are literally SO easy to do! I’ll walk you through step by step how to set it up and run the hunt. It’s such a fun activity that your students are sure to love!

Since most teachers will not physically be in the classroom before Easter due to Coronavirus, I will also run through how to use the digital version of my Easter egg hunts at the end of this post. Skip to the end if that’s what you’re here for!

Setting Up Your Math Easter Egg Hunt

First, you’ll need to create some math problems for your students to answer. This could be as simple as cutting up problems from an old worksheet, or writing them on tiny slips of paper. Just make sure that each problem can fit inside an Easter egg!

Math Easter Egg Hunts for elementary students

You’ll also want to make sure that each problem is numbered and that you have an answer key so you can check student work. Students will need a recording sheet as well to write down their answers.

Once you’ve got all that, simply stick one problem in each Easter egg, and hide them around the room! You can choose to actually hide them or hide them in plain sight. Just remember to be clear with your students on any parts of the room that are off-limits for searching!

how to set up a math Easter egg hunt

Pro tip: To streamline the search process, you might consider writing the number of each problem on the outside of the egg, as well. I’ll explain why in the next section!

Easter Egg Hunt Math Game

Now, you’re ready to start your math Easter egg hunt! I highly recommend setting a time limit. I like picking one of these fun Easter timers and projecting it on my wall to add a little more holiday fun.

Easter classroom timers

When the timer starts, students will start their search. When they find an Easter egg, they will bring it back to their table, open it, and solve the problem. Then, they will record their answer with the corresponding number on their answer sheet. If the problem is #19, they will write the answer next to #19 on their answer sheet. Then, they will put the egg back where they found it and continue searching.

The game continues until time is up or all students have answered all questions. At this point, you can choose to take up the answer sheets and grade them or go over the answers as a class. I do the latter.

An Important Note

When doing your math Easter egg hunt, I recommend writing the question number on the outside of the egg as well as on the inside. The reason for this is because the eggs do not always get put back right where they were found, and it can become difficult for students to know which ones they’ve already answered.

This can result in students being unable to find the last couple problems they are still missing due to constantly opening eggs they’ve already done. Including the number on the outside of the egg eliminates the need to open every single egg looking for the one they need.

I’ve learned this from experience! If your students are meticulous and put everything back exactly where they found it, it won’t be as much of an issue. But, something tells me that isn’t the situation for most of us. 🙂

Math Easter Egg Hunts on TpT

Eliminate the prep work of finding or making questions with my ready made math Easter egg hunts! Choose from 8 different topics – or mix and match with the bundle! Egg hunts include 32 pre-made questions that fit perfectly inside Easter eggs, a recording sheet, and answer key. Each set is only $1.00 – or save 30% and get all 8 for just $5.60!

Click the image below to view Easter egg hunts.

Math Easter Egg Hunts on TpT

Digital Math Easter Egg Hunts

Due to the outbreak of Covid-19, most teachers will not be returning to the classroom before Easter. I wanted teachers to still benefit from these Easter egg hunts (and spread a little Easter cheer to their students), so I recently added a digital version of the egg hunts to my TpT products.

The digital product is included with the print version and is compatible with Google Classroom. To see how it works, check out this video:

What are your favorite Easter activities for math? Share them with me in the comments!

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