Develop Executive Functioning and Social Skills with An Easter Egg Hunt

Egg hunts are always a fun past-time during Easter. However, we don’t have to wait for Easter to have them. Kids LOVE to hunt for things! Hunting games are an easy activity that can be done indoors or outdoors.

Developing Planning and Organizing Skills

These games also help children develop executive function skills such as planning and organizing. This accomplished by following:

  1. They have to decide where they are going to look for the egg.
  2. Then they use their knowledge of the world around them to determine if it is possible for an egg to be under, behind, next to or above, the grass, tree, bush, plant or picnic table.
  3. If they determine the egg is not there, they have to adjust and devise a new plan
  4. Time is of the essence in an egg hunt! Time management skills to quickly adjust their plan if needed is essential to find the most eggs.

Developing Language and Motor Skills
Not only does this game help develop planning and organizing skills, kids practice:

  • Visual processing (scanning for colored eggs)
  • Motor planning
  • Receptive language

Developing Social Skills

We also can target social skills such as

  • Team building
  • Working together on a shared plan/outcome
  • Sportsmanship
  • Turn-taking
  • Cheering for peers
  • Managing personal space

Fun all year long

Make this fun year round and hunt for things throughout the year. Here are some ideas:

  • In February hunt for candy hearts,
  • In March on St. Patrick’s Day hunt for gold coins or four-leaf clovers
  • In May hunt for bugs

Get creative! The possibilities are endless and can be done almost anywhere.

TIP: Older kids can hunt also!  Split them into teams and make it a team building activity.

 

 

 

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