Easter is such an inspiring time of year. There’s something about the colours and theme the I really like. It’s a warm, fresh pastelly feeling of everything bright and new. Tulips and daffodils. White lilies. Bunnies and chicks. Uplifting and light. New beginnings. The end of winter. The start of sunshiny, pretty days. And the reminder that summer is right around the corner, but not quite here.
One of my favourite childhood memories is of an Easter Egg hunt that my parents arranged for my brother and I when I was about 9-years old. They sent us out to our back yard to unsuspectingly rake leaves while they set it all up. My memory fades now, and where I’m sure I remembered every detail as a child, only bits and pieces exist, but the things I am certain I remember are a warm feeling of fun and love. And, of course, the hunt.
I have done this Easter Egg hunt several times with my own children and it is always a hit. Anyone can take the easy route (and I have from time to time) and hide Easter eggs behind large items around their home and have the kids go crazy, but this is a little different. It’s more like a scavenger hunt.
Here’s how it goes.
To make it simple, let’s assume for the sake of example that you have 3 children participating.
- Each child must have their own “path” on the hunt. So, the first thing to do, is to identify about 12 different hiding places in your home or outdoor area (depending where you are going to hold the hunt) PER child that will be participating. So that’s 36 places to hide Easter Eggs. It sounds a bit overwhelming, but it’s really not once you get going. Make the hiding places simple, but not obvious, and of course, safe. You don’t want anything to get broken or anyone to get hurt if everyone is excited. And they will be.
- Create 36 clues, one for each hiding place. So, let’s say one of the hiding places is behind a plant. The clue might be “something green that needs water to grow” (obviously, this is very simple; you need to decide for yourself how difficult to make the clues based on your child’s or grandchild’s knowledge and age).
- Put a clue and an Easter Egg at each hiding place. It’s up to you if you want the clues and eggs totally hidden, partially hidden, not hidden at all, etc. Again, dependent upon the age of the children playing.
- Choose 3 of the hiding places to be the starting points for each child, and give each child a clue to start. When the child goes to this spot, they will find both the egg, and a clue to another location, until all 12 have been found.
- Before starting, make it a rule that if a child finds an egg that isn’t in a place relating to their clue, that they don’t take it. This will spoil the fun for the child whom he egg is intended for. Also, the clues should be unique to prevent this from happening by accident.
- At the final hiding place for each child, place a larger piece of candy like a small rabbit or chick, instead of an egg. This makes the experience a bit more fun with a satisfying ending and a feeling of accomplishment.
- Have an adult or adult(s) supervising, just to make sure if a child is “stuck” and cannot understand their clue, they can get some help to keep going.
- Keep a master list of each clue and where each clue goes, so that a child can be helped to get back on track in the case of a mix up.
- Make sure the family dog or cat are safely put into another room during an Easter Egg hunt. Not only is chocolate toxic for dogs, but dogs can get over-active if they sense excitement, and this can add a lot of confusion.
- Buy each child a small basket that they can collect their eggs in, so they will know when they have collected all 12.
It does take a bit of organizing to put this type of Easter egg hunt together, but it is well worth it in the end and makes the whole thing a bit more fun and educational than just hunting for eggs.
Let me know how it goes!