Easter egg hunts are great for keeping the little ones entertained. They’re a load of fun, an activity that can be organised outside or inside and they’re also kind on your hard-earned cash – in most cases you can just use things you’ve already got in the house.
Another good thing about an Easter egg hunt is that it doesn’t take long to set up; however if you do have a bit of time on your hands (like us!) why not get a bit crafty and make your own egg clues? You can use card and coloured paper, paint, glitter, felt tip pens, crayons – anything you can get your hands on. If you’re strapped for prep time, all you’ll need is paper or card, a pen, and of course, plenty of chocolate!
If you want to add a few Easter accessories to you hunt, nip into one of our larger stores and check out our fantastic range of Easter crafts. Little ones will love collecting all their treats in our Easter Bucket or Easter Paper Basket. Prolong the fun, by helping them to decorate their own, with our Make Your Own Egg Basket.
5 Steps to the Perfect Easter Egg Hunt:
1. Choose the length of the hunt
First of all, decide how many clues you’re going to need. Do you want your hunt to be short or long? We chose ten as a nice even number. This also means that even the littlest hunters can join in counting clues with bigger brothers and sisters.
2. Get crafty with clues
Your clues can be as easy or as complicated as you like, depending on the age of your hunters. How about starting off easy and making each clue more difficult as the kids get closer to their chocolate reward?
We couldn’t resist some fun rhyming on ours, but if you’re not feeling very poetic, there are other ways to go. For example, if you’re hiding a clue in the bathroom, the clue to finding it might be: ‘Clue number 3 is hiding in the wettest room in the house’ or for an easier version: ‘Clue number 3 just loves a nice hot bath!’ You can even give instructions such as ‘do ten star jumps’ or ‘spin around three times’ for an added element of fun!
3. Perfect your preparation
If you’re preparing in a rush, simply tear up some strips of paper and write your clues out, then fold them up and tuck them away in your sneaky hiding places. We got crafty with ours, making the clues big and bright, just peeping out of their hiding places.
We hand drew a template and used it to quickly draw up and cut out different coloured egg shapes. To avoid wasting paper, we cut any scraps into shapes and decorated the front of our eggs, putting a big number on each.
To add a bit of magic, we typed up a letter from the Easter Bunny for the beginning of the hunt, and while we were at it, we typed up our clues too! Once printed, we cut everything out and stuck each clue to the back of our eggs with a glue stick.
4. Get hiding
Make sure nobody is peeping as you hide your carefully prepared clues. For a really good challenge, use as much of the house as you can – why not hide one clue upstairs, the next downstairs then the next back upstairs again? Don’t forget to use the garden too, but be wary of mud and rainy weather. You might have to plan in the taking on and off of wellies and coats into your hunt if necessary!
It’s also a good idea to keep a list of where each clue is hidden, preventing any mid-hunt confusion and helping you to give added direction if necessary – “warmer, warmer, colder, warmer, red hot!”
If you’re struggling to think of places to hide your eggs, check out our list of ideas below:
Indoor hiding places:
• In a pair of shoes/boots
• In their coat pocket (extra fun if they’re wearing it!)
• Stuck under a table
• Peeking out of a book
• Under a rug
• Between/behind sofa cushions
• In the bath (empty of course!)
• Sat with/behind a favourite teddy or toy
• In a favourite mug or cup
Outdoor hiding places:
• In or around the shed (if safe to do so)
• In a pair of wellies (get the kids to pop them on to find the clue!)
• Amongst flowerbeds/in a plant pot
• With a garden gnome or other ornament
• The low branch of a tree
• Hanging from the washing line
• Under a rock
5. Set up for a big finish
Now, arguably the most important part of the hunt is discovering the treasure at the end! Make sure you hide the loot in an extra-safe hiding place so the hunt isn’t cut short by someone finding their prize before they’ve found all the clues! If you’re struggling with this one, you can always hide the eggs in the car or on top of a high cupboard and ask the kids to bring you the final clue. They can then trade it in for the big prize – which of course will be full of Easter chocolate.
If you decide to make the hunt a competition where there is one overall winner, rather than it being a team event of everyone hunting together, then make sure you’ve got some little treats for the runners-up. Think miniature eggs or other little chocolate treats. Why not even hide some little chocolate treats along the Easter hunt to keep the fun going? If you plan further in advance you could even get the kids in the kitchen baking up some Easter buns! Mmm…sounds good to us!
If your little hunters whizz through the hunt and you need extra activities to keep them entertained at Easter, fear not – we’re here to help! We’ve got a great range of Easter craft activities for kids available in our larger stores. The range includes paper mask sets, make your own Easter characters, decorations and a make your own bonnet kit.
And for even more eggciting inspiration, head to wilko.com for our full Easter range
If your little ones are hopping mad for egg hunts or Easter bonnets, we’d love to hear about it! Tweet us at @LoveWilko or find us on Instagram or Facebook and let us know what you’ll be up to this Easter.