This year, Easter has come early. Instead of the great Easter egg hunt being held on Sunday, it was today because my husband is taking them away tomorrow to visit their grandparents for a few days.
Last year I posted about how we make our poor unfortunate children solve puzzles and do maths to get their Easter eggs. No wonder they say we’re horrible parents…
The kids have to follow the clues, each clue leading to an Easter egg and the next clue, until the final clue leads to an Easter bunny.
Some of the clues need knowledge of the property, for example that we have a small hexagonal yurt with its own water tank, and a sitting tree, and a dam with a pump located at it, and the kids have a bark hut they built. The animal feed is stored in feed bins which are home to rodents no matter what we do, as is my greenhouse. Oh, and our only heating is a slow combustion wood stove.
With that in mind, here are some of this year’s clues if you want to have a go at them (answers posted at the end):
For the 9 year old:
Write the notes and fill in the gaps
and word puzzles:
(my photo was too blurry, so I’m typing it out)
Busy as a _____
What horses eat, minus the aitch _____
What pirates are reputed to say _______
Turn it on it’s side (drawing of a sideways K) ______
leave a space, and then:
Your age minus one, and add a “ch” _____
Not me, or him, or her, but _____
You can put a small white ball on me ______
For the 14 year olds:
More difficult maths, both simultaneous equations:
and some simple graphing (follow the directions):
Some science (physics, chemistry and biology):
I’m typing this one out because apparently my handwriting was too hard to read:
occurs inside my tum
then CO2 and H2O
come flying out my bum!
My colon’s very long and tall
it reaches to the sky
releasing clouds in winter time
gassing birdies flying by
And some playing with words:
(this one was dropped and lost, so I’m typing it out too)
Say a mild oath, with a missing end,
are you feeling the pressure now, my friend?
Solve this cryptic clue, then run
to get your egg before it melts in the sun.
and here are the solutions (top to bottom) (scroll down… ):
woodshed, deck table, gate, between the yurt and its tank, bark hut, yurt, deck, green house, wood stove (fireplace), feed-bins, dam pump.