Easter egg hunt ideas for all ages

Little girl on an Easter egg hunt

From toddlers to tweens, egg hunts are a fun activity for Easter. Get started now with our top tips for egg-citing trails for all ages

For the under 4s

What you need

Let the little ones join in the Easter fun with a mini trail. Not all prizes need to be chocolate, you can add a few non-edible prizes such as stickers or a fluffy rabbit toy for each child, as well as a handful of mini chocolate eggs. Make sure each child has an Easter basket (here’s how to make your own) or grab a bowl to collect the eggs.

How to play

There are lots of different ways of creating a fun Easter egg hunt for little ones:

1. Call out clues to the kids such as “this egg’s hiding by the green chair” and call “hot” or “cold” as they get nearer or further away from the prize.

2. A great way to involve little ones is to take photos of where the prizes are hidden. Show the child the picture, either on your smart phone or printed up and stuck onto colourful card, then watch them zoom off to seek out the hidden prize.

3. Write the clues up on pieces of paper and leave them with each egg so they move onto the next one when they find it. This is a great option for older children to help younger children.

4. Hide eggs in all different nooks and crannies around the garden.  To ensure the children get an even number of eggs, mark them with a selection of different coloured stickers and assign a colour to each child.

eggs with drawn-on faces resting on spoons

For age 4-6 year olds

What you need

 

When it comes to egg hunts, a lot of preparation can go into five minutes of fun. Stretch out the time spent on the hunt by holding an egg and spoon race, a mini assault course, or even a round of ‘Simon Says’ at the start, before dishing out the clues. You’ll need clue cards, chocolate eggs and a selection of prizes such as stickers, small toys, a DVD or craft kits.

How to play 

1. To create your hunt, make up your clue cards in advance. The rule of thumb is to make twice as many clues as the average age of the kids. 

2. Cut coloured card into Easter-related shapes such as eggs, rabbits or flowers, and write a clue on each one. 

3. Again you can call “hot” and “cold” as the seekers get closer or further away from the answer. Hide the clue cards in sequence so when they find the first prize they’ll find the clue card for the second prize and so on.

4. You can add in extra Easter fun by including a forfeit at some of the clue points to win a bonus prize. These can be games such as hop like the Easter bunny 20 times, do 10 star jumps or sing a nursery rhyme. Award a bigger prize to each child at the end of the Easter egg hunt.

5. Get imaginative about where you hide the prizes and the clues. Here are a few examples to help you make a start:
– This egg is fast asleep (hide an egg in a bed)
– This egg likes washing-up (hide an egg in the kitchen sink)
– This egg is getting ready to go outside (hide an egg in a shoe rack)
– This egg likes to water the garden (hide an egg by a hosepipe)

child hunting eggs

For age 7-10 year olds

 

What you need

 

Up the stakes and create a scavenger hunt. You can either play individually or put the kids into small teams. You’ll need chocolate eggs for little prizes and one bigger prize for each child at the finish of the treasure hunt, such as stickers, a craft kit, a bigger Easter egg or a soft toy. 

How to play 

Make a list of 10 things each team needs to find. Range these from easy to tricky objects to find and spread the list across the house and outdoors. Here are some ideas of things to find:

1. A red sock, an umbrella, a wooden spoon, something orange, a letter, a green leaf, a daffodil, or a watering can.

2. Make the final three clues cryptic which will lead them to the bigger prize. Get creative with the clues but don’t make them so hard it halts the hunt. For example: “I’m red and have big pockets and I keep you warm outside,” and hide the prize in a red jacket in the hall. Or “I’m always cold and light up when you open me,” and hide the prize in the fridge.

3. Hide the main prizes in the final spot or hand them out to all the participants once the hunt is over.

coloured eggs in the grass

For the tweens

 

What you need

 

You’ll need a printer or smart phone to create photo clues, plus a nominated adult to answer their phone to reveal the location of the final prize. Buy plastic eggs and fill with a 50 pence piece for prizes or, if you’re feeling generous, a gift card for each child as the final prize. 

How to play 

1. Create abstract photo clues of objects and hiding places inside and outside of the house. Make the photos look as obscure as possible so they need to work out where the prize is hidden. For example if you hide a prize at the kitchen sink, take a close up of the tap so they have to decipher the picture.

2. Scatter sweets and chocolate eggs along the trail at each clue. You could make parts of the treasure trail even more exciting by darkening some of the rooms so they have to look for the clues with torches.

3. As well as the photo clues, break the telephone number of the nominated adult into four parts, write on to the back of four cards and clearly label each card a, b, c and d. These cards will add up to the telephone number of the nominated adult.

4. Leave the last part of the number at the final clue. The nominated adult will reveal the location of the main prizes to the first person who calls or texts the number. Just make sure the nominated adult is ready to receive the call! If all the players are using smart phones they could text an image of the location of the prize. 

Happy Easter!

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