Sunday, April 5, 2015

Easter Egg Treasure Hunt

I got up at 3:30 Easter morning to prep for the day, including getting what has become an annual treasure hunt ready. It started with an egg hunt, but each of 34 plastic eggs contained candy, money, or a clue and they were valued in that reverse order. I never thought 1) candy could hold so little value or 2) that the girls would voluntarily decide to pool the found money and divide it. (I was impressed!)

The "clues" in the eggs were a combination of things: instructions for the actual hunt, the first clue, and decoder information. The first clue said, "on your birthday, you get this," which led them to the birthday cake. The clue under the cake cover said, "gymnastics during a storm," which led to the book we are reading, "Cartwheeling During Thunderstorms." Inside that book cover was a riddle, "young I am tall, old I am short, I love to glow, breath is my foe." After some deliberation and searching, they found the next clue in a candle holder. That one was written backwards and said, "rorrim" (or "mirror,") which led to one inside the bathroom mirror written in mirror writing that said, "Unlimited, Together We're..." It took K no time to locate the Wicked CD and the clue there was an instruction: "go outside. Walk around house. Don't jump." They found the next clue under the neighbor's trampoline and it said, "camping in luxury," which took them without much deliberation to the Playmobile camper. That clue took them outside again, telling them to "follow porch to the corner, then take a rest;" the clue was under the footrest on the porch. That clue said, "look for an ace, the clue's in that place," which led them to the playing cards. That clue had to be deciphered with the code and when readable, told them to put all of the found clues together and unscramble the letters on each of them. That led them to "mom's shoes" and the treasure I'd been hiding under my sweatshirt all week.

Fun one! I'm always afraid I'll miss a step or put the wrong clue in the wrong place or get them out of order, but all went well. I'm thinking that some version of this might make learning math more fun. Maybe a treasure map with labeled numbers, each indicating where a clue is hidden, but needing to solve a math problem correctly to find the right number. Hmmm... more planning to come! (I'd actually hoped to make this one more Easter themed, maybe answering biblical questions about Christ's Passion or the disciples, but I didn't give myself enough time. Next year!)
Clues laid out in the early hours of the morning

Eggs packed with clues, candy, and cash (coins)

Decoding together .  The only real flaw is my bad handwriting, which takes great decoding skills!  :-)

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