Easter Egg Hunt
idea contributed by Jessica Hill of Alwoodley Primary, Leeds
Jessica writes: 'This is a series of lessons I used with my class around easter time but it could be adapted to other seasonal events. Firstly I gained a map of the school grounds. Then I printed a variety of easter egg pictures from clip art. Each picture was given different point values eg 5 points for a red egg, 10 points for a blue one etc. I then hid the egg pictures around the school and marked their locations on my map. The children were then given maps and had 10 minutes to retreive as many cards as possible.
Next lesson we split into teams of 4. Each team was given a set of cards with easter eggs, or easter bunnies on them. Within their team of 4 they then split into pairs. Firstly one pair hides their cards around the ground and marks the locations on the maps. Then they return to the second pair with the completed map who then had to retrieve the cards. After they had retrieved them all it was their turn to hide the cards. The better they got, the more cards they were given. Top tip!! I laminated the maps and gave the children dry markers to cut down on photocopying!
As geography co-ordinator I felt these orienteering activities really improved the childrens map reading skills and as an enthusiastic pe teacher thought it was a great outdoor and adventurous activity.'