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When my own children were little one of their favorite Easter activities was egg hunting. One Easter I left a trail of clues all over the house and garden. My two girls had an amazing time reading the clues and searching out the eggs. It was remembering those happy days that led me to designing this fun activity that I hope you will like and perhaps make to use with your own children or grandchildren this Easter.
Card suitable to use in a printer
Clip art, rubber stamps, die cuts or other suitable materials to decorate your clue cards.
Small envelope die, punch or template.
I don’t think I need to go into great detail on how to make these cards as I’m sure you’ll agree that the pictures are self explanatory.
To create my game I used the new Messy Rabbit CD by Joanna Sheen. I chose a different rabbit image for each of the cards and added a rhyming clue. I printed these out and made small envelopes using my Cricut machine to attach to the front. Inside each envelope I put a little card containing the answer to the clue.
You may want to only do the text on your clue cards and then use your rubber stamps or maybe die cuts to decorate and pretty the cards up later. The choice is yours. Do make sure that if you are using die cuts or rubber stamps that you plan the size of your card or text before printing so that both the images and text fit on the card properly.
As a teacher I am always aware of the educational potential of any games I make. This Treasure Hunt is an ideal opportunity to encourage early readers to practise their reading skills. In the early stages of learning to read picture clues play an important part in helping to decipher the printed word. The images taken from the Joanna Sheen CD are perfect to encourage children to develop this skill. If you are able to use these images or similar do take the opportunity to talk about the picture and guide your child in using it to help them to work out the location of the next clue.
Each of the clues in the game are rhyming couplets. Rhymes are a great way to encourage and give children practice in focussing on the sounds in words.. It may be that you have one child old enough to read the cards and perhaps a younger child who will enjoy the sound of the words and be able to guess (using the rhyme and picture as clues) the answer.
Some of the card ideas given here might not be suitable for your home or perhaps the weather might make it impossible to go outside. Do use the rhymes that you like and have a go at making up others that fit your home better.
It would be really great if you do create some of your own rhyming clues if you could leave a comment here sharing them with us. We would love to hear them.
For each clue card I made a little envelope with the answer inside and attached it to the front. These add to the fun of the game, but also if you have a very young child who can’t work out the clues opening the envelope keeps them involved.
A couple of small eggs placed alongside some of the clues may be a good idea. They will add to the fun and also make the game last longer.
I’ve only done a few cards to give you some ideas. Obviously you can make as many cards as you like. I know my children didn’t want to stop when they played all those years ago and it is surprising how fast they find those eggs and clues.
Don’t forget if you do make some rhymes please add them to our comments - the more rhymes we have the better the game for all of us.
Most of all have fun!
Ooops forgot to say you should choose one clue card to be your last one and have 'the treasure' hidden in that location. The bath is a good place as there is plenty of room to stash the eggs an it's not somewhere they will have passed when searching out the other clues.'
Pssst....I just noticed when I was visiting Ann's blog that she is giving away blog candy to one lucky person out of those that leave comments with rhymes for this game!! So, please do share ideas...the candy is great! --Robin