Easter Breakout Box

April 2, 2017

This Easter breakout box activity is fun and engaging for students. Students get to practice their problem-solving skills in order to open the locks on the breakout boxes.  Students work collaboratively to break into the box that is locked with several different types of locks.

The great thing about ”Breakout Boxes” is that they can be geared toward subject area, and for most age groups. You can do this activity without boxes, but the boxes add a new experience to the activity.

I purchased 4 toolboxes, hasps, and 4 locks for each box.  I have more information about the locks at the bottom of this post. 

Breakout box games require “the four C’s”…

  • Critical Thinking
  • Creativity
  • Collaboration
  • Communication

Getting Started with Breakout Boxes

I put the various tasks in manila folders.  I have 6 students in a group.   Several students work together to solve a problem in the manila envelope while someone else solves another problem.  Since there is a 45-minute time limit, students need to work quickly.  If a team has difficulty solving their problem, someone else in their group can help.  They need to work cooperatively to problem solve and get the locks off.  Not everyone will get the locks off, and that is okay.  We don’t always succeed the first time we attempt something.

You can also go to Breakout Edu to learn more about breakout boxes.  

Easter Breakout Box

Making Compound Words

One of the tasks my students had to solve was to put the eggs together to form compound words.  You need to use the compound words jellybean, railroad, popcorn, butterfly and flashlight in order to solve the maze.  I also put a few extra eggs in such as baseball, bathtub, pancake, etc. that are not on the recording sheet.   

Do not use the words grasshopper, fireworks, sidewalk, fishbowl, basketball, ladybug, or airplane on your plastic eggs.

After making the compound words, they had to find the compound words on the paper using up, down, left, and right arrows.  I laminate the paper and have my students put a dot on the compound words from the eggs.  Then they connect the dots.  This is the code for the directional lock  (up, right, up, left, up).  I explained to my students how to use the lock and how to clear it by pushing down on the lock two times.

Making Compound Words using Easter Eggs

Counting Money

Another task that they completed was finding the secret word by counting the money and matching it to the value.   Then they had to put the letter that was printed on the card to solve the code for the word lock which is “treat.

Counting Money Task Cards

Easter Egg Sort

The next task they had to complete was an Easter sort with adjectives, nouns, pronouns, and verbs. I write the words using invisible ink.  They had to use the UV flashlight to see the words printed on the back of the eggs.  If you want, you could write the clues using a marker.  The combination for this lock is 4, 2, 1, 4.

You decide on how many words you want in each column and program your lock to match it.

Easter Sort
The last task that they had to complete was solving the secret code by using the wheel.  This clue told them where the key was hidden for the last lock.   Each group had a different code to solve.   I had them hidden in books.
I could not think of any good clues to go with Easter books so I made up clues to go with classic books.  One clue was:  “Run, run as fast you can.”  The key was taped inside the Gingerbread Man book.  You will need to make your own clues depending on the books that you have.  
Click here for a copy of the secret decoder wheel.  I circled a letter on the inside wheel and outside wheel so they knew how to align the letters on the wheel.
Here is another decoder wheel that has letters and numbers. 
If the students were able to take all the locks off within 45 minutes, they got the prize inside the box.    Click here for the Easter breakout clues that I created.
I used this timer for our Easter breakout.  The timer adds excitement to the activity.


Breakout Box Supplies

Here is my affiliate link for the items that I purchased from Amazon.

Wordlock PL-004-BK 5-Dial Combination Padlock,

 Black Master Lock 1500iD Speed Dial Combination Lock, Assorted Colors Master Lock 120Q 

Solid Brass Body Padlock, 3/4-Inch Wide Body, 5/32-Inch Shackle Diameter, 4-Pack Findway 5 UV 

Ultra Violet Blacklight 9 LED Flashlight Torch Light Outdoors Novelty Place [Spy Pen] Invisible 

Ink Pen with Built-in UV Light – Magic Marker For Drawing, Secret Message Writing, Currency 

Checking, Security Marking (Pack of 4) Master Lock 421 Lockout Hasp with Vinyl Coated Handle, 

1-1/2″ Inside Jaw Diameter HT®The Ultimate 4 Digit Combination Padlock Set – Set Your Own(Not TSA Approved Lock) (Blue)

 Stanley 016011R Series 2000 16-Inch Tool Box

Check out this March Breakout Box.


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  • Triple the Love In Grade 1 April 2, 2017 at 7:38 pm

    What an awesome idea! I have to try this! Thank you for the inspiration! I know my kiddos would love it!

  • Jackie April 5, 2017 at 1:53 am

    I have been reading so much about Breakout EDU, but have not tried them. I teach 2nd graders too & I'm sure they would love this. Would you be willing to share more about the locks and how to do this? Thanks so much for sharing! Jackie

  • Unknown April 5, 2017 at 7:35 pm

    We think you have a FANTASTIC activity! We are very excited to try this at school. What type of locks did you use with the money cards? Our word locks are only 4 letters. Thanks for your help!

  • Shelly Sitz April 6, 2017 at 1:36 am

    Thank you Rebecca. Our word locks have 5 letters on them. I purchased them from Amazon and the link is mentioned at the end of the post so you can see what I used for my breakout boxes.

  • Joani April 10, 2017 at 1:29 pm

    Jackie, You should join the Facebook community. Breakout EDU Elementary Teachers is the group. It has tons of ideas and people bounce things off of each other! Also try breakoutedu.com

  • Unknown April 10, 2017 at 8:53 pm

    We are going to try this on Thursday! Thank you for sharing!

  • Barb Gilman April 11, 2017 at 9:24 pm

    HI Shelly, This looks great! I'm putting it together and from past breakouts, the UV light is in a 3 digit lock box. Did you leave this out and just have the UV light out for the kids to use right away? Thanks!

  • Barb Gilman April 11, 2017 at 11:53 pm

    Decided to put the UV light into my 3 digit box and write the clue on the board…"What is the date of Easter?" to open the box and get the UV light. I have the original kit from Breakout so I already have the 3 digit lock box.

  • Unknown April 12, 2017 at 12:36 am

    Thank you for sharing. I am so excited to try this Breakout tomorrow afternoon with my 2nd graders! Love your ideas!

  • Unknown April 12, 2017 at 5:49 pm

    I love Breakout EDU and have purchased 4 kits and more pieces. I would encourage everyone to buy at least 1 kit from this wonderful company who provides a game repository for free. HOWEVER, if you have technology already (we are 1:1 iPads), you can build a Google form that has the kids put in the codes and won't go on until their code (or word or #) is correct. There is a video on youtube that can guide you through the process if you don't know Google forms.

  • Cutie Patootees April 17, 2017 at 1:08 pm

    Hi and thank you for sharing! I couldn't find the last sheet where the students have to sort the words into adjectives, nouns, verbs, etc. Would you be willing to share that one too? Thank you!

  • Unknown May 21, 2017 at 7:13 pm

    THis is fantastic.

  • easter January 27, 2018 at 5:51 pm

    This is the best I have ever seen!

  • James March 30, 2021 at 7:02 am

    The blog was really amazing and great to read.

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