9 creative Easter egg hunt ideas to try

Megan Sutton
·4-min read
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From Good Housekeeping

Lots of us have fond memories of taking part in Easter egg hunts as children and now we’re the ones making the clues and hiding the prizes, it’s still a magical time watching the kids in our lives have so much fun. While it’s lovely seeing our little ones get into the spirit of Easter festivities, it can be hard to plan a hunt that will keep them interested and entertained for long enough.

With this in mind, we spoke to experts in planning top-notch children’s parties to get their tips for the perfect Easter egg hunt. From switching up different ways of giving clues, to ideas for entertaining, attention-keeping games, here's their need-to-know advice...

Easter Egg hunt clues

Try a UV pen. “If you have time, a proper egg quest with written clues, you leading the children from one place too the next and a stash of treats at the end is always a great adventure. A fun touch is writing clues with a UV pen, meaning you can only see the clues with a UV torch - adding an element of mystery to it all,” said Charlie Astor and George Whitefield, founding directors of Sharky and George, a creative events company that specialises in immersive experiences for children and adults.

Use pictures as well as words. “Using clues for your Easter egg hunt can be fun, but ensure that you are catering to your whole audience. If you have young children, pre-readers, or children with Special Educational Needs for whom sentences may be challenging, try using pictorial clues instead,” said Charlotte Melia, Founder and MD of bespoke children’s party service Dazzle and Fizz.

Make your Easter egg hunt unique

Colour code your eggs. “When hiding the eggs, you can colour code them depending on their wrappers. For example, kids of certain ages can get certain eggs, or there’s more glory up for grabs with some really well-hidden ones of a certain colour,” said Charlie and George.

Mix up your prizes. “There can be a lot of sugar consumed over the Easter break, so you may like to consider including some non-edible prizes in your Easter egg hunt as well. Craft packs are a great idea, as are books, puzzles and educational prizes,” Charlotte said.

Get competitive. “For the super competitive you can do an egg relay race. One person runs to get an egg and the next person is not allowed to go until they come back with an egg. Cue loads of cheering and jumping up and down in your teams!” Charlie and George suggested.

Decorate baskets before. “Making your own Easter baskets is also a fun activity and can help build the anticipation for the egg hunt. You can make baskets from a number of materials including paper, card, fabric, or felt. Or buy a ready-made basket and decorate as you wish,” Charlotte advised.

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Or try your hand at bonnet making. “Crafting Easter bonnets is a great family activity and a fun warm-up to the egg hunt. If you want to avoid the mess of glue, paint and glitter, opt for self-adhesive foam shapes for decorating your bonnets, or choose woven bonnets that you can weave bows, ribbons and accessories to,” Charlotte said.

Some more things to think about

Keep things fair. “Usually, younger kids are at a slight disadvantage compared to the slightly older children who still love the hunt. Split everyone into even teams with varying ages and tell then to make a team “coop” area. When they find and egg they have to run back and put it in their team coop. The teams spoils are divided evenly, with victory for all,” Charlie and George said.

Think sustainably. “If you do decide to include non-edible prizes in your hunt, try to avoid using small plastic toys that have a short shelf life and will inevitably be thrown away quickly. It is better to offer fewer, quality gifts, than lots of small disposable ones,” Charlotte advised.

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