This elementary egg hunt coding activity is a great Easter-themed way to introduce the basics of computer programming to kids in Kindergarten through 5th grade.
Easter Bunny Egg Hunt Coding is available in both printable form and as a Google Slides digital coding activity!
This unplugged coding activity works great as a simple Hour of Code activity in the classroom or homeschool setting! You can find similar block coding activity on coding websites and applications for kids, including Scratch, Kodable, and Code.org.
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Unplugged coding activities allow kids to get hands-on coding experience!
We like to practice verbalizing our programs (or sequences) as well because it helps to practice coding concepts in different ways in order to master them!
Working hands-on makes coding concepts tangible making them ideal activities for teaching younger children to code.
KEY COMPUTER PROGRAMMING TERMS
- Command: an instruction for a computer
- Algorithm: a list of commands that you can follow to complete a task
- Program: an algorithm that is written for a computer
- Bug: an error that stops the program from working
- Debug: finding and fixing bugs in the program
Easter Bunny Egg Hunt Coding Activity
Each student will need one printed page or the link to grab a copy of the Google Slides coding activity!
The goal of the activity is to learn to follow a Program, an algorithm written for a computer. The Program will take the Easter Bunny through the maze by following a set of instructions that give direction as well as instruction to place an Easter egg down.
Imagine you are the Easter bunny with this egg hunt coding activity! You can choose to cut out the little eggs at the bottom of the sheet or draw your own eggs in the correct squares.
Google Slides Coding Activity
The Google Slides activity features a draggable Easter Bunny and six Easter eggs that must be placed throughout the maze. There are two different slides to complete with a good amount of written code to follow.
Students must follow the code on the righthand side of the slide to move the bunny and place the eggs in the square indicated by the code.
Write a program for the Easter Bunny to hop through the maze!
An important part of computer programming is making a solid plan. Computer programmers make a plan in order to think of problems that might appear and solutions for how they are going to deal with them.
Before you begin to write a program for the Easter Bunny to hop through the maze, you must first determine the correct path through the maze.
Next, write your program carefully in order to lead the Easter Bunny through the maze! Use the symbols shown on the worksheet to identify each step.
After writing the program, kids should revisit their maze and check their program for errors or debug if necessary.
QUESTIONS TO DISCUSS DURING YOUR UNPLUGGED CODING ACTIVITY
What is a command?
A command is a single instruction for a computer.
Can you define an algorithm?
An algorithm is a series of instructions written in the simplest terms in order for a robot or computer to follow.
How do you know if there is a bug in your program?
If your program doesn’t run properly then you have a bug.
What is a bug? How do you fix it?
A bug is an error in your code. You’ll need to troubleshoot, called debugging, and run the code in small pieces (decompose) in order to determine where the bug is.
SOME BOOKS TO READ WITH YOUR UNPLUGGED CODING ACTIVITY
Check out these great computer science books for kids!
- Lauren Ipsum: A Story About Computer Science and Other Improbable Things by Carlos Bueno
- Who Says Women Can’t Be Computer Programmers? The Story of Ada Lovelace by Tanya Lee Stone
- Hello Ruby: Adventures in Coding by Linda Liukas
- How to Code a Sandcastle by Josh Funk
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