Easter Breakout Box

My students love breakout boxes and begged me to make an Easter breakout box.  I purchased 4 toolboxes, hasps, and 4 locks for each box.  I have more information about the locks at the bottom of this post. 

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.  It is too difficult to get all 6 students solving one problem.  Not to mention, there is a 45 minute time limit in order to get all the locks off.  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.  It is free to sign up and there are videos to watch.

One of the tasks my students had to solve was to put the eggs together to form compound words.  You need to use the 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.


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."

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

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.


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