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Fun Easter Egg Hunt Ideas

Apr 10, 2011 | By Gillian FitzGerald

Young girl in a Easter egg huntThe Easter egg hunt is always a firm favorite amongst kids. Here's some fun ways to spice up your hunt for adults and kids alike this 2011!

Target: Eggs. Tucked under flowers, hidden in low branches of trees.
Mission: Find those eggs before the others do.
The Easter egg hunt was highlight of my young years. Long after my parents hung up their Bunny shoes, my sister and I would laboriously create hunts for ourselves and our parents around the garden. It wasn't the bounty that mattered, but more the event itself. Chocolate was always more yummy when you had to seek it out! 
So it was with some pleasure that I read up on a myriad of fun ideas, hints and tips to make the Easter Egg hunt egg-stra special!

Easter color-coded hunts

Where you have kids of varying ages participating in the hunt, try color-coding the eggs to an age group. For example, two- to four-year olds look for blue, five- to six-year olds for yellow etc. This way the smaller children have an equal opportunity to find eggs as older kids do.

Easter 'Scrabble' hunts 

Paint a different letter on each egg hidden for the hunt. The children then use the eggs they find to make as many words as they can. You can hide "bonus" blank letter eggs that the kids can use like the 'blank' tiles in Scrabble.
The child who can make up the most words with their eggs, wins a prize.

Easter scavanger hunts

Suited to kids and adults alike, a trail of clues leading from one egg to another, or even a "grand prize", is a sure fire way to get the fun-level going. Clues can be written in themes - compass or map coordinates, riddles or references to well-known family events - or a mix to send them scurrying all over.
Make sure the clues and eggs are well secured and don't blow away in gust of wind. Like wise, think about household pets, like dogs, who may find the eggs as tasty. Using plastic eggs which you can fill with candy and clues is one way to make sure your hunt is well protected.

Easter treasure map hunts

Easter egg hunt treasure mapOne variation of the scavanger hunt is a Easter treasure hunt. Give each child a map showing the location of eggs. Pictures can be used for small children who may not be old enough to read. For example, a picture of a chair or coffee table can show where an egg is hidden. Riddles can be used for older children. Spice it up by hiding another map at one of the designated "treasure" spots to make the hunt more interesting

Easter photo hunts

Another variation is a photo scavanger hunt, which is conducted over a large area and requires adult supervision. Kids can be divided into teams, with one team per car (driven by an adult). Each team is given a digital camera, a unique Easter egg and list of Easter themed items for which they must search and take photos of. Photo ideas could include:

  • Find a church board listing a Easter Sunday service
  • A white Easter bunny
  • Kids hunting eggs in their yard
  • A girl wearing a Easter bonnet etc.

The team must seek out the items and take a photo of it with their assigned egg in the picture (this stops any sneaky attempts to download images off the Internet!). Eggs can be hidden at the various destinations or awarded at the end upon successful of the items. The first team to return with all the required photos wins the hunt.

Useful hints and tips

  • Plastic Easter eggsKeep a record. Jot down where all the eggs have been hidden. This allows you to quickly find any missing eggs after the hunt is finished. The last thing you want is a melted chocolate egg under a safe cushion or rotten real egg behind pot plant!
  • Set boundaries. Define the area of the hunt otherwise kids will wander off searching fruitlessly for eggs that were never there. It's also helps to kee the children within a safe distance of the hosue if planning the hunt outside.
  • Use plastic eggs. Real eggs are time-consuming to cook, blow and paint, and are easily broken. Plastic eggs are more durable, can be filled with chocolates and candy and reused year after year.
  • Hide the prize inside. Hide random prizes inside or with hidden eggs, allowing for random prizes to be won by kids, vs. the child who has found the most eggs (which is a reward in itself)
Happy hunting!

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