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Published March 30th 2015
Hop to some Easter fun at your place
When I think about fun at Easter time, I think chocolate and Easter egg hunts. While there are many places that organise big egg hunts for the local community, if you want something a little more personal why not create your own, that's right, a DIY Easter Egg Hunt.
Be creative with a DIY Easter Egg HUnt
There are many different types of hunt to choose from. There's the basic "free for all" where you scatter eggs at random and let the kids find as many eggs as possible. Or you could try an Easter Treasure Map hunt where the kids are given a map showing the location of the eggs using pictures or co-ordinates, or even by the number of steps in a given direction.
For my DIY hunt I have chosen to use clues in the form of riddles. All you need are some notecards or paper to write your clues on, some good hiding spots inside or outside the house and the prize, in our case Easter eggs.
Clues can be as easy or as difficult as you like, depending on the age of the children who will be taking part. You can find lots of ideas for clues online or be creative and make your own.
For a special Easter treat, use your head and use your feet
For our DIY Easter egg hunt I used an Easter card for the instructions and first clue.
For a special Easter treat, use your head and use your feet Follow the clues - you need to be wise, at the end you will find a surprise For Clue No.1 get close to the ground. It may be dark, use a torch if you must Under the place where Mum & Dad sleep, it's hiding here along with the dust.
Instructions and clue
The next clue (placed under our bed) read:
Congratulations you found your first clue.
The next clue is somewhere close, go take a peek
Underneath a pillow, where Mum likes to sleep
Keep making up clues for different hiding spots. The possibilities are endless - on the bookshelf, in the fridge, behind some pot plants, in a drawer, hanging on the clothes line outside, under the front door mat etc.
This clue was hidden near the "favourite gaming system"
You can have as many clues or as few as you like. I used around 8 clues in my hunt. Some were very easy and some were more difficult. Some of the clues had small eggs with them (for a little surprise) while others were accompanied with bunnies or Easter decorations. It's really up to you how simple or how elaborate you want to make it.
Simple clues for young children could include: "Rub a dub dub, find me in the bath tub", or "Have a peep in the place where you sleep".
More difficult clues for older children could be: "Who is the fairest of them all? Reflect and find this clue" (Clue to be hidden near a mirror) Or "I go up and down but I don`t move. Come and find me" (on the stairs).
Other ideas you could incorporate in your Easter egg hunt include:
I. Using plastic eggs with the clues, lollies or little treats hidden inside
ii. Adding a physical challenge at the end of each clue to complete before moving on to the next one
At the end of the hunt the children should find their Easter surprise, whether that be Easter eggs, a gift or something else.
The most important thing is that it should be a fun activity for the kids (and the whole family) on Easter morning. Who knows it might even become an Easter tradition for your family - Happy Hunting!
A good tip for mixed age simple egg hunts is to give each child a colour. The eggs they find of that colour they can collect. If the egg is a different colour they leave it in the hiding place. This gives littlies an even chance.