Easter egg hunts are great for keeping the little ones entertained. They’re a load of fun, an activity that can be organised in the back garden or inside the home 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 a lot of us have at the moment!) 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 to give you a helping hand, see our Easter-themed image further down in the blog that you can download, print and cut out.
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. It all depends how many little ones you have and how much chocolate is in the house, but we chose ten as a nice even number. We don’t want them eating too much!
2. Get crafty with clues
Your 10 clues can be as easy or as complicated as you like, depending on the age of your hunters. Where you hide your chocolate will link into each clue you give your little ones. For example, if you’re hiding a clue in the bathroom, the clue to finding it might be: ‘This chocolate just loves a nice hot bath.’ Get it?
Here are our 10 clues:
- This chocolate just loves a nice hot bath
- This egg loves to watch TV
- This eggscellent egg can be found amongst the flowers
- This egg likes to be eaten with a knife and fork
- This egg loves to dress in Mum’s jewellery
- This egg loves clean laundry
- This egg is feeling sleepy
- This egg loves playing on swings and slides
- This egg likes to hang out in kitchen drawers
- This treat likes to help hang out the washing
These can be written out on a piece of paper and given to each hunter or you can read each clue out one at a time during the hunt.
3. Perfect your preparation
It’s great to have some Easter-themed pictures to make the hunt more exciting—think images of chicks, chocolate eggs and bunnies to put up around your home and garden. Kids will love creating these. Arrows with ‘over there!’ and ‘yay this way!’ written on them are great to place near the chocolate eggs to help your little ones find the eggs. If you don’t have time to draw arrows and create colourful images, or are simply in need of some inspiration, fear not! We have a ready-made sheet with colourful signs and clues! All you have to do is download it, print out and then cut out the shapes.
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.
Of course where you hide your eggs should match up to the clues you give your kids. 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
Once each little hunter has their clues and the arrows are all set up in your home and garden, 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, make sure you keep some aside when it’s all over, 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 making their own Easter bonnet!
If your little ones are hopping mad for egg hunts or Easter bonnets, we’d love to hear about it!