It was 11:39 on a Wednesday night and I sat wearily on the edge of the bar stool at my kitchen’s island. My laptop glowed in front of me. With a final click, I sent my Amazon order into cyberspace. “Done,” I thought to myself with satisfaction, “another item to check off my list.” With Easter quickly approaching, I had admittedly procrastinated on getting my three daughters’ Easter basket items ordered. Now three thoroughly researched children’s books, a new family game and a Snow White DVD were on their way! However, my feeling of satisfaction was short-lived when I glanced at the order confirmation on the computer screen. There it was written in bold red letters. “Your items will be delivered on Monday, March 28th.” Amazon Prime had failed me OR perhaps it was already Thursday in their world. Regardless, my daughters’ Easter baskets would be empty if I didn’t think fast. What to do?… I could rush to Target and buy some less well researched items. But then I would have to deal with returning everything to Amazon. No, I needed another solution. Read on to find out what I came up with. Sometimes the best ideas come from necessity!
So… I did go to Target after all. Aside from boxes of raisins, three pair of Easter socks from the dollar section and, yes, a little chocolate to put in their baskets, the only thing I bought was a package of plastic eggs. Are you curious?
Back at home, I went to work on clues. I used the Kindergarten common core standard CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.K.1.e “use the most frequently occurring prepositions” to guide me as I wrote the clues. This standard is appropriate for my daughters (ages 2, 4, and 6). Each clue begins with a frequently used preposition. Next, I cut the letters apart for each clue and put them inside the eggs. On Easter eve, I placed an egg with letters in each of their baskets along with a slip of paper that they would glue the letters to once they had unscrambled them. See photo for clarification.
Easter morning arrived. I could see that although the girls weren’t quite sure what to think they were definitely intrigued. Actually, if I am to be completely honest, Haslyn (age 2) was much more interested in the chocolate. But, Jolee and Shae, my older two, were anxious to unscramble the letters right away! First, we made a list of all the prepositions they could think of on our chalk board. This made it easier for them to proceed successfully.They opened the first egg and got to work. They knew that the first word of the clue had to be a preposition. They used the preposition list and the shapes of the letters to help them solve which one it might be. After about 10 minutes of rearranging and talking it through they discovered that on Tuesday morning there would be a surprise “on the fridge.” At this point, I asked if they were ready for their Easter breakfast of French toast. No, they certainly were not! They wanted to solve one more puzzle. I could feel my sense of satisfaction returning! With all the clues solved the girls could hardly wait until Tuesday morning to find out what awaited them… under the couch, behind the house, through the secret door, and on the fridge.
With a little more thought, I realized this activity could go beyond the realm of Easter. Preposition scavenger hunts could be created and used either at home or school. The plastic eggs are a great way to contain the letters regardless of the time of year. A preposition clue in one egg could lead to another preposition clue in another egg. Kids would be learning about prepositions as they looked under, behind, on top, below in search of their next clue. A surprise need not be at the end. The scavenger hunt itself might be prize enough. Kids or teams of students could race to get through the clues first. You could even take this task a bit further and have kids write the preposition clues for someone else. So many options! Follow this link to find a free editable preposition clue creator at our YouCan2 store. ENJOY!