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 and crayons – anything you can get your hands on, and of course, plenty of chocolate!
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 Easter 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 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.
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 to your Easter hunt games.
3. Perfect your preparation
If you’re preparing in a rush, simply tear up some strips of paper and write your clues out and hand an even amount to each hunter, being mindful of the age of the hunters. We got crafty with our clues, making the clues big and bright, perfect for little ones. 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. If you want to save time but keep it fun, write your clues on our Easter bunny card shapes.
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 the chocolate
Make sure nobody is peeping as you hide the chocolate. For a really good challenge, use as much of the house as you can – why not hide upstairs and downstairs, and 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 egg hunt if necessary!
If you’re struggling to think of places to hide your chocolate, 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!)
• Snuck under a table
• 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. The 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 and trade it in for their reward.
If you’ve decided to get the neighbours or friends’ children involved you might decide to make your hunt a competition rather than a team event. If there is an overall winner to your hunt (rather than everyone hunting together) then make sure you’ve got some little treats for the runners-up. Think mini creme eggs or other little chocolate treats. 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!
Once each little hunter has their clues, let them get hunting! A fun Easter basket will help them to carry the eggs they collect. If there are some hunters that can’t find their chocolate, get the older kids to help them and then nobody loses out.
If your little hunters whizz through the egg hunt and you need extra activities to keep them entertained, you could even get the kids in the kitchen baking up some Easter buns. Mmm…sounds good to us! We’ve got a great range of Easter craft activities for kids, including paper mask sets and your own Easter bonnet to decorate with embellishments and accessories.
If your little ones are hopping mad for egg hunts or Easter bonnets, we’d love to hear about it!