Easter is looming and it’s all about family time and creating something for the kids to get excited about. If you fancy making your Easter Sunday eggstra special, follow my guide to setting up an egg hunt they’ll never forget! Plus, if you’re on holiday, there’s even more reason to get creative and make it an Easter trip to remember. Hop to it!
What you’ll need
· Multi pack of Easter eggs. Select a mixture of small to larger eggs and foil-wrapped ones too.
· Plastic eggs. Great choice if you’re looking to keep the sugar intake down. Why not fill them with alternative treats such as temporary tattoos, or stickers?
· Bowls, baskets or pots to collect the eggs (kids could decorate these beforehand as an additional Easter activity).
· Tools to create clues. Think themed paper and coloured pens, or use the computer to jazz them up (clip art anyone?).
Tips to set up your Easter egg hunt
· Decide where you’d like the hunt to take place – bear in mind things may get messy in all of the excitement. Consider whether you’d like the hunt to take place inside, outside, or both. Personally I like to mix it up across locations to make it a little harder. (Weather may be a big deciding factor!).
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· Setting up an Easter egg hunt abroad? If the weather’s, nice pop all eggs in the fridge and put the clues out just before the hunt starts to avoid any melted chocolate.
· Golden Easter Egg – provide a harder clue at the very end, giving the group a chance to find the golden Easter egg filled with money! This makes the hunt even more exciting.
Create rhyming clues for your Easter egg hunt to make everything more fun! If you’re struggling to get started, here are some ideas:
1. Hooray, Hooray, the Easter bunny has visited today! Let’s begin with some clues, and get some treats along the way.
2. Start by looking in a place that’s cold… it’s big, it’s frosty, now go find your gold! (Hide the eggs in/by the fridge)
3. Ping, ding or beep when it’s done, cooking in here’s quicker and fun. (Hide the eggs in the microwave – switch off at the mains, just in case)
4. Whirls around to keep clothes clean, open the door what can be seen? (Washing machine)
5. Cosy and warm, where you rest your head. But you have to share this place with your ted. (Bed)
6. Sitting down having a rest, where’s a comfy place that’s just the best? (Sofa)
7. The home of cartoons or your favourite show; see what you can find there, GO, GO, GO!
8. I have 5 gears, I’ll take you out, I have 4 wheels, and we’ll get about! (Car)
9. When you find me you’ll smile with glee, I’m brown and leafy I’m under the… (Tree)
10. It’s your very last clue, that’s your lot! The final place is where food gets VERY hot. (Oven)
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Rules of the hunt
Depending on the size and ages in the group you’ll need to keep things fair. Here are a few ways to help your hunt go smoothly:
· Younger kids? Go easy on the smaller children by leaving eggs on low branches and in open, more obvious places.
· Older kids? Make it more difficult by choosing hard-to-find spots, such as hidden in pillowcases, plant pots or on top of car tires.
· Accompany the children to help read the clues or offer ideas about the answers.
· Pair younger kids up with older ones, so they don’t feel overwhelmed. Plus, if they can work in teams, it’s easier to divide the eggs fairly at the end. I like to keep a few eggs to one side, just in case you need to resolve any issues and sweeten things up!
· Unless you want a house full of hyper kids, be sure to set some rules on Easter egg consumption once the hunt is up! Ask them to wait until the hunt has finished before they tuck in; let them eat a few and take the rest home for the remainder of the holidays.
Now it’s time to try it out for yourself! We’d love to hear how you get on, or any clues you’ve come up with on your own! Share your tips in the comments section below or tell us over Facebook or Twitter.