Eggs & Basket Easter Set
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There are many traditions that occur around Easter - some based around the religious origins of the festival, others focusing more on social concepts of community culture and family. The 'egg hunt' certainly seems to be one of the most common of these traditions! Each year at Easter time countless children search their homes, gardens and schools for special treats left by the 'Easter Bunny' (or 'Easter bilby'!).
This Eggs and Basket set is the perfect way to capitalise on the benefits of an 'Easter Hunt' while reducing (or removing) the chocolate on offer. This is particularly useful for families or schools with a firm focus on 'healthy eating', or for homes or schools where some children have allergies that preclude them from consuming chocolate. Artificial eggs can replace chocolate entirely in these circumstances. Alternatively, they can just 'space out' the chocolate - for instance, every second 'egg' can be artificial rather than all of them being chocolates.
This set consists of an Easter Basket and matching set of artificial eggs.
The Eggs (set of 6) are styrofoam with an attractive but subtle 'speckled' pattern. Each features a ribbon for hanging (perfect for placing in tricky hiding spots!).
The basket measures 16.5cm x 9.5cm with the highest point of the handle measuring approximately 20cm. It is made of a woven bamboo which has been dyed to appear more festive!
We offer two colour options - Blue Basket with Blue Eggs or Green Basket with Green Eggs.
Easter Egg Hunts don't have to be just about chocolate - there are some great skills that can be gained from a good treasure hunt! These special searches encourage persistence, problem-solving and attention to detail. The inclusion of 'clues' also provides a cognitive challenge within an extremely enjoyable experience!
When I arrange Easter hunts (or other treasure hunts) I start by providing a basket (or bag) containing the first clue. I tend to number all my clues - partly to encourage the child to engage in numeral recognition but also because it helps me keep track of where we're up to! The first clue (in the basket) leads the child to the second clue (which may or may not be accompanied by a prize/egg/token). This second clue leads to the third clue/prize and so on! I tend to conclude the hunt with a larger token or specific 'treasure'.
The type of "clues" provided can based on the child's age and developmental needs.
- Younger toddlers can work with either 'concrete' clues or photographic images. A 'concrete' clue might include something like a pillow from the bed where the egg is hidden. A photographic image can show a real picture of the location of the egg - inspiring the child to recognise and move towards this location.
- Older toddlers and younger pre-schoolers can work with more abstract illustrations. If an egg is hidden along a garden path then instead of needing a photograph of the actual path itself (as we would do with the photographic image for the younger toddler) an illustration of a generic garden path could act as a clue.
- Older pre-schoolers can attempt more 'lateral' illustrations. For instance - an Easter egg hidden inside the fridge might be represented by a clue showing a picture of a carton of milk.
- Older pre-schoolers might also like to try 'initial sounds' clues. If the egg is hidden behind a tree then a child can open a note with the letter 't' printed while the adult encourages a game of 'I-Spy' to find "Something beginning with t...".
- Early readers can try 'sounding out' whole words to indicate where the next egg can be found. Lots of household items are phonetic, so their names are relatively simple for early readers to sound out. For instance - an egg might be hiding in the 's-i-n-k'!
- Confident readers can decipher written descriptive clues about the next location. For instance, an egg hiding under the rose bush might be unveiled through clues that describe it, like "Green leaves, pink flowers, thorny stems".
- Older children can start engaging with more lateral, cryptic clues. A clue reading "My water swirls, but I'm not a storm, I can be cold, or I can be warm..." might lead to an egg hiding in the washing machine!
Please remember to adapt your style of clues - and level of difficulty - according to the needs of the individual child (or the needs of the group dynamic in a classroom setting). The tips above are just suggestions - you can change and adapt as much as you need or let your imagination run wild!
Treasure hunts - whether for Easter or just for fun - do take a little forethought from the adult but they are absolutely worth the effort. Children take such joy from the 'hunting' process and it provides so many physical and cognitive benefits!