Our fun Easter Egg Hunt sensory tray will engage young children’s senses giving them opportunities to explore and learn through self-directed play. This Easter egg tray can also provide interesting resources relevant to children’s cultures and communities.

child with easter egg hunt tray

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Children will usually need no encouragement or direction to get started at exploring this interesting sensory tray. It offers a range of possibilities for learning and development including:

Cognitive development

As children explore the different items in the tray, they will have the opportunity to experiment with the different materials learning about their properties and practicing their ‘thinking skills’ such as making connections and drawing conclusions. Memory, concentration, attention and perception are all skills that can be practiced whilst hiding and hunting for the Easter eggs in the tray.

full easter tray

Language development

The Easter egg tray gives children a good opportunity to develop their language skills as they talk about what interests them. There are lots of opportunities to ask questions and encourage listening. The concept of an Easter egg hunt is also a great opportunity to for children to become familiar with and practice using prepositions e.g. Is the Easter egg underneath or on top of the shredded paper?

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Social and emotional development

The tray can also be used in pairs or a larger Easter egg hunt created  for 2 or more children using a tuffs spot. This allows children to learn about cooperation and gives them the opportunity to work together, discussing and sharing their ideas. An activity tray will give children the opportunity to experiment, explore and develop confidence in a safe environment.

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Physical development

This sensory tray gives children a good opportunity to practice fine motor skills by manipulating the different resources in the tray. Our helper particularly enjoyed filling the nesting eggs with cotton wool and other materials from the tray.


Additional Easter Activities

  • Get outdoors by hiding the Easter eggs in an outdoor environment. This activity can also be supported with written or picture clues.
  • Practice fine motor skills with a feed the chick game.
  • Get creative with Easter pictures using hand and finger painting.
  • Get scientific by introducing a ramp for children to experiment with Easter egg rolling.
  • Learn about Easter with the CBBC Easter Story performance.


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