Easter is just around the corner, and with it the time-honoured tradition of the Easter egg hunt. Year after year, parents dutifully hide little treats around their house and yard, and enjoy the delight on little faces as they search high and low for their prizes. The only down side of the Easter egg hunt? It ends! And sometimes it ends sooner than we’d prefer. This year, we thought it might be fun to look at a few ways to expand and enhance the classic tradition and have it last a little bit longer than usual. Why not try one of these creative twists on the egg hunt, and if you do, be sure to let us know how they worked for your family!
1. Treasure Hunt
Pirates make everything more fun. It’s science. To turn your Easter egg hunt into an adventure on the high seas, sketch a simple map of your home or backyard. Every pirate knows that X marks the spot (Or is that eggs marks the spot?), so hide the booty around your “island” and mark their locations on your map. Pirate costumes optional, but even more fun.
2. Riddle Game
Start off with a clue in each child’s Easter basket. Solving the clue will lead to the location of the first egg, as well as another clue as to the location of the next egg. The game can be customized as to the age, interests, and skill level of each individual child, and can last for as long as you’d like it to. Kids will feel really proud of themselves when they succeed in solving each clue, and the egg is a nice little reward for using those critical thinking skills. If you’ve decided to use one larger Easter treat in your hunt, it can be fun to save it for the grand finale.
3. String Them Along
Get some string or rope and start by tying it to the doors of your kids’ rooms. Then go nuts with it! Wind it all over your house and yard: under tables, around furniture, upstairs, downstairs, make yourself a big silly mess of string! For multiple kids, use different colours of string and send them off in different directions. They’ll need to each follow their string to the end of the line, where they’ll find their Easter basket filled with goodies.
4. Scavenger Hunt
Come up with a list of locations or objects around your house and provide each kid with a list. They can either have their own unique list, or you can get them to work together. Send them far and wide across their domain, and hide a treat at each location. This is a nice way to keep track of where your eggs are hidden, so that you aren’t still finding surprise eggs come Christmastime!
5. Hot and Cold
This is a good one to use with larger or special treats, and could potentially be used in conjunction with another Easter game. Start the kids in the centre of the room, and have someone call out whether the egg hunters are moving hotter (closer) or colder (further) from their treat stash. Siblings can take turns being the searcher and caller, or if you’re brave and have multiple callers you can take do it in a big, loud, fun frenzy.
6. Blindfolded Teamwork
This is a great way to avoid sibling squabbling on what’s meant to be a fun family activity, and encourage them to work together to achieve a common goal. Have each child take a turn being blindfolded while the others guide them to treats by calling out directions. The more they work together, the easier the time they’ll have finding treats will be!
7. Relay Egg Race
A high-energy game of tag that will eliminate the frustration that sometimes occurs when one kid has an easier time finding treats than another. One kid will race around the egg hunting grounds, searching for treats, until one is found. Upon success, the finder places their egg in a communal basket and tags the next child, whose turn it is to search. At the end, once all treats have been found, the communal basket is split between the kids. This way, everyone has fun, gets a chance to search, and no one ends up feeling left out. It’s a win-win situation!
8. Follow the Rabbit
This is a particularly egg-cellent way to engage smaller children and introduce them to the concept of the Easter hunt. Get some construction paper and cut out some bunnies and paw prints. Place them around the house, leading the kids to their rewards. You can use any rabbit toys your children might have to be guides along the way, or even a few half-eaten carrots! Kids will be thrilled with the visual representation of their bunny buddy, and it’s a fun way to keep the magic alive.
9. I Spy
Similar to the Hot and Cold game, a grown-up or complicit sibling will call clues for the kids as they search for treats in the style of the classic car trip game. This can be a fun way to engage all of the children’s senses; rather than sticking just to the visual (“I spy something blue!”) you can try clues like “I spy… something soft!” or “I spy something that smells nice!” Each location that you “spy,” of course, reveals a treat.
10. Three Legged Race
This game is great if you have some egg-stra space around the house, or if we end up lucking into some gorgeous Easter weather. Like a traditional three-legged race, kids get matched up into pairs. Have them hold on to their partner’s waist and tie their inside legs together. The kids then work together to move around and find goodies lurking under bushes and behind trees. By the time they’re done, they’ll hopefully be worn out enough to enjoy a hearty Easter brunch!
These are just a few of the Easter egg hunt ideas we’ve managed to come up with to keep Easter fun and fresh for the whole family. Be sure to check out our Easter event round-up to find a nearby celebration to suit you and your family’s needs. Happy Easter!
By: Dayna Wilson