I have fond memories of Easter as a child – spending the weekend with extended family and making and decorating our eggs. On Easter day we would tuck into a big family brunch, followed by the highlight of the day – the great Easter egg hunt. You can create this tradition for your own family too. There are several ways you can have fun during your egg hunt. Here are my favourites:
A simple Easter egg hunt
We make a little basket per child, labelled with their name, fill them with prizes and chocolate egg treats and then hide them. Make the hiding place easy for the younger children – next to a swing or on a chair. For older ones, hide the prizes up in a tree or deep inside a bush or under a flower pot.
Everyone gets involved in the hunt. Older kids and parents can help the younger ones look for their prizes by calling “warm” or “cold” as the child gets closer to or further away from their basket.
A treasure hunt
First, make your clue cards by cutting out egg-shaped ovals from brightly coloured card, decorate them and write clues on the back. Scatter these cards around the garden or house or give the children one after another to decipher. You can play the treasure hunt in two ways: either the ‘find a card, find an egg’ way, or each card leads to the next clue, which eventually leads to a large nest of prizes.
Write a list of simple clues. Here are a few ideas to get you going for the ‘find a card, find an egg’ option.
Clues for the garden
Clue: This egg has made friends with the lawnmower/rake/plant pots. (Prize: hidden in the shed)
Clue: This egg is hiding by a beautiful red/yellow/blue flower (Prize: hidden by a notable plant in your garden)
Clue: This egg likes to hide were we like to sit (Prize: hidden by a garden chair)
Clue: This egg is thirsty, where do you think it is hiding? (Prize: hidden by the hose)
Clues for the home
Clue: This egg likes to get nice and clean (Prize: hidden in the bath)
Clue: This egg is fast asleep in ... (Prize: hidden in a bed)
Clue: This egg is getting toasty and warm (Prize: hidden in the airing cupboard, oven or near a radiator)
Clue: This egg is ready to go out (Prize: hidden in a shoe or coat pocket)
Clue: This egg likes to hide where we like to sit (Prize: hidden on a kitchen chair or sofa)
Make a spotty egg
Easter wouldn’t be complete without making and decorating your own Easter egg. My favourite for hard-boiled eggs is the ‘colour and sticker’ method. It is simple, cute and looks brilliant.
1. Hard boil your eggs and leave to cool.
2. Dye your Easter eggs with food colouring. Mix 20 drops of food colouring, add two tablespoons of vinegar and 250ml of water, submerge your egg for about 10 minutes. Using food colouring (or commercial dyes) will not result in bright colours, especially as many eggs are now brown, but the eggs will look nice and have an even finish.
3. Remove and pat dry with kitchen towel.
5. Buy some dot/star stickers and stick them on your eggs. Done!
Maggy Woodley blogs at Red Ted Art