Print and Play!
This “escape room” is full of logic puzzles and opportunities for collaborative fun for your students in the lead-up to Easter or Spring Break (there are alternative pages if you want to use it as a Spring Break Escape Room). This escape room contains five exciting puzzles that students need to solve in order to find a secret keyword in order to unlock the door to escape the chocolate factory
and celebrate Easter! There are 3 alternative solutions so you can change the solution between class periods or for different groups (see below).
There is also a Valentine’s Day Edition
of this escape room. The puzzles and story are the same for the two versions, only the seasonal clipart is different. If you are thinking about using this activity for a non-seasonal activity, I recommend the Valentine’s Day Edition
because it is more suitable for everyday use.
What is the prep?
Prep involves printing. One page has 6 squares to cut out (“Wires”) but you can have students do this as part of the activity. There are also optional hint cards you can print and cut out. No other prep is necessary!
Will I have to buy anything extra?
No, you do NOT need any fancy locks or to use any Google forms.
What supplies are needed?
Paper (8.5in x 11in)
A color printer
Optional: Markers or crayons, glue sticks or similar
What will my students do?
Working in small groups of 3-6, your students will cooperate to solve 5 puzzles to find the secret 5-letter word and “Escape the Chocolate Factory in order to celebrate Easter” (or for other times of year just to “escape the Chocolate Factory”). Several puzzles have alternative, simpler versions so that you can tailor this activity to your own students’ abilities. If you are a homeschooler a single child can complete this, but it may take longer and/or require more hints. The puzzles are:
Chocolate Crossword Puzzle:
Students will read two paragraphs about the history of chocolate and how it’s made and then complete a crossword puzzle with questions about that passage. Some of the crossword squares are highlighted. The letters from these squares reveal a clue to the target letter. The default version asks 7 questions about the passage, but a simpler 4-question version is also included (the History of Chocolate
text is the same for both versions).
Sudoku-Style Logic Puzzle:
Students will work together to solve a Sudoku-style puzzle involving putting different colored chocolates in the correct order in a chocolate box. The default is a 6x6 version, but a simpler 4x4 version is also included. Technically, students do not need to complete the entire Sudoku; they only need to determine which colored chocolate goes in the marked spot. Each colored chocolate is assigned a letter and one is the target letter for this puzzle.
Chocolate Fountain Puzzle:
This puzzle asks students “which one will fill up first?” Students will look closely to identify which tank will fill first to reveal the target letter.
Tangled wires puzzle:
First, students will cut out squares with wires on them and then determine which “wire panels” fit the chocolate-making machine. Next, they will follow one particular wire to find the target letter.
Students will work together to decipher an encryption order form using a cipher key. The coded message will help them find the secret letter.
What reading level do my students need?
There are two pages of text for students to read (the background note and the history of chocolate). The Flesh-Kincaid reading level is 3rd-5th grade depending on if I include the jargon words (e.g., chocolate) in the analysis. You can assign students to groups to ensure a mix of reading ability.
How do I use the alternate solutions?
There is a small heart in the bottom corner of every page you give the students. For the pages that are the same for every solution (e.g., cipher key) the heart is black. For the pages that are slightly different for the 3 alternative versions the hearts are color-coded (light pink, dark pink, red).
How long does this take?
About 40-50 minutes.
What is included in this digital download?
This is a zip folder that includes the following pages as PDFs:
• Easy-to-follow printing and set-up instructions.
• A complete walkthrough with solutions to all puzzles.
• An short history of chocolate and how it is made, which students need to read in order to solve the crossword puzzle.
• A crossword puzzle.
• A fountain puzzle.
• A sheet with six squares of tangled wires that students will need to cut-out in order to fix the chocolate-making machine and follow the wires.
• A sheet with the chocolate making machine that the wires belong with.
• Chocolate order form cipher puzzle
• A cipher decoder/key
• A worksheet for students to write down the solutions they find. This has a brief backstory detailing how someone got trapped in an abandoned chocolate factory.
• Hint cards for students
• A poster for your door (8.5 x 11in)
• A “You Escaped the Chocolate Factory!” poster (8.5 x 11in) and two alternative word choices for Easter and Spring Break.
• Alternative versions of the box of chocolates logic puzzle (sudoku), crossword puzzle, and fill-the-tank puzzle for younger or less able students.
• Alternative versions of the History of Chocolate and worksheet with British-English spelling (the other pages are interchangeable, though one page uses the word “candy”).
• Additional folders with duplicate games with 2 other possible 5-letter word solutions!