And just like that… we are in April and Easter is only around the corner. So much comes to mind when you think of Easter. There are the church services, the family gatherings, the amazing and diverse food options (personally I am all about the hot cross buns), and of course the Easter egg hunt. If you are looking to mix up your Easter routine this year and maybe even start a new family tradition, then we have some egg-citing ideas just for you.
Easter Egg Hunt Relay Race
Now this Easter egg hunt idea is ideal for older kids, teens and adults. Split everyone into teams and then once you say go, have the first player from each team go search for an egg. Once they’ve found an egg, they come back and tag the next teammate who has to go find an egg. Repeat this process until one team has found a specified number of eggs (e.g., 20) as a team. You can also do this with younger kids, you just have to make sure they understand that they can only find one egg and come back!
If you have a kiddie pool, rice table or sandbox, bury some eggs and give kids shovels and scoopers and tell them to dig in! And if you don’t, it’s easy to whip up a bin of rainbow rice or bubbly water. It’ll be a sensory experience for them exposing them to a variety of different textures. Good housekeeping has an amazing article on 13 DIY sensory bin ideas to get kids used to new textures. Check it out here.
Easter Egg Hunt Clues
As your children get older, make Easter morning more egg-citing by challenging them to a scavenger hunt to find their basket of goodies. If you are stuck on ideas we have the perfect tutorial for you right here.
Easter Egg Treasure Map
Draw a treasure map representing the area where the eggs are hidden. Mark the location of the eggs and let your little one get hunting. If you have more than one child, make one map but mark each child’s eggs in a different colour and encourage them to work together to find all of the eggs.
Candy-Free Easter Egg Hunt
Fill your Easter eggs with yolk ‘tokens’ that your kids can then redeem for prizes depending on how many they have by the end of the hunt. Various egg hunt prize ideas include beach balls, water balloons, bubbles, sidewalk chalk, craft supplies, little toys or even glow sticks.
Easter Egg Privilege Cards
Instead of candy, sneak some “privilege cards” into some of the eggs that your children can then redeem for something else equally sweet to candy. Some ideas include “get out of eating veggies” , “stay up 15 minutes past bedtime”, “1 extra piece of dessert” or “1 extra book before bedtime”.
Puzzle Easter Egg Hunt
Instead of filling all of the eggs with candy or rewards, fill some with a puzzle piece. Once you’ve collected all the eggs, the family can gather around the table to assemble the puzzle together. We found some adorable Easter bunny jigsaw puzzles for you right here.
Backwards Easter Egg Hunt
Let the kids play Easter bunny and hide the eggs for the parents. But instead of candy, the eggs are filled with special coupons to skip a chore, choose a special meal, or pick the film for family movie night. The adults have to grant whatever wishes they don’t find!
Golden Egg Idea
The kiddos will be extra motivated to get in on the family fun with this game. Simply find a giant plastic golden egg and fill it with cash and other goodies for an extra special treat.
Find Your Name
Instead of hunting for eggs as a free-for-all, have each child find the eggs with the letters of their name on them. If they need help remembering the letters, writing the name on their Easter basket could be helpful.