Easter egg hunt: 10 tips for fun
Easter egg hunt fun idea #1: Use different coloured eggs by age
Colour code the eggs you hide according to age so that means the littlies, or the two- to four-year-olds can hunt for blue eggs, while the older kids go for purple. Or have the boys hunt for green and the girls hunt for yellow.
It means little kids have an equal chance to find the eggs while also fostering a co-operative spirit amongst the kids who will try to help the others gather the eggs they aren't entitled to.
Easter egg hunt fun idea #2: Add letters to each egg so kids can make words
Buy some alphabet stickers or write a different letter on the outside of each egg. Hey, you could even get crafty enough to paint letters on each egg.
Set the kids loose on their egg hunt and then offer extra Easter prizes to the kid who makes the longest word from their egg stash. Or take a look at our decorating eggs craft, and get some new ideas.
Easter egg hunt fun idea #3: Keep a record of the eggs
It's worth trying to make a note of how many eggs you've hidden and some of the sneaky spots you managed to stash them. There's nothing worse than finding melted chocolate under the couch cushions a few months later!
Easter egg hunt fun idea #4: Set hunt boundaries
To make sure that chocolate-addicted kids don't endanger themselves by climbing on to the garage roof to look for eggs, establish the boundaries of your Easter egg hunt. Tell kids to stay between the house and the first tree, for instance, or to go no further than the driveway.
Easter egg hunt fun idea #5: Draw a map
Keep things interesting by setting up a treasure hunt for kids. Give each child a map using pictures for those who can't read yet. Cut out a picture of a chair, for instance, or draw a coffee table to show them where the eggs are. Then be a bit sneaky by hiding another map at one of the clues.
Kids older than 8 or 9 love riddles and wordy clues that get their brain ticking and lead them to more difficult places, such as a specific novel on the book shelf or a certain herb growing in the garden.
Easter egg hunt fun idea #6: Add a pinata for Easter fun
Why not abandon a hunt in favour of a pinata? You can make your own easy egg-shaped pinata with these instructions to make a celebratory pinata from balloons and paper. Have the children take turns hitting it with a plastic bat while blindfolded. The one who finally bursts it open wins something special.
Easter egg hunt fun idea #7: Supply non-chocolate prizes as rewards
Every child could get a non-chocolate prize for participating a colouring book or something small that can keep them occupied over the Easter break could work.
Easter egg hunt fun idea #8: Wrap only one egg wrap
Instead of traditionally scattering Easter eggs, hide an egg which has a written clue wrapped around it. The clue is usually a brilliant rhyme that will lead the child or children to the next egg.
If you have more than one child, there first clue for each of them should lead to the same second clue where they can do the hunt together. There is no age limit on this activity. With the younger kids, the clues have to be simple and basic and you will have to read the clues to them.
Easter egg hunt fun idea #9: Leave tell tale bunny prints
Make bunny footprints near each hidden Easter egg to give the kids some easy hints as to where the eggs are hidden.
You can also try making the footprints out of plain paper or even sprinkle some talcum powder and put a bunny paw print in it with your fingers.
Easter egg hunt fun idea #10: Hide them in the house
Make a trail of little eggs from your child's bedroom to the living area and then lead them to one giant clue that will allow them to discover either a larger egg or a non-chocolate Easter gift such as a book or toy.