Easter is a very exciting time of year - even more so for children - and there is nothing more exciting than waking up on Easter morning and embarking on an Easter egg hunt.
For those of us not living it up at Easterfest, below is a list of thirteen quirky ways to tweak the traditional egg hunt.
1. Bunny Evidence There are a few simple way to show the kids that the Easter bunny has been hopping around your home. You can leave a few chewed carrots out or even a thank you letter written from the bunny him/herself. Another unique way to add a little Easter magic is to sprinkle a mixture flour and glitter into the shape of a rabbits foot prints leading into/out of the house or even leading to different places where some of the eggs are hidden.
2. Colour Coded Egg Hunt A colour coded egg hunt is a great way to make sure each child gets their share of chocolatey goodness. To do this, you just need to colour code an equal amount of chocolate eggs per child and give them their colour to find. You could use a corresponding bucket colour (i.e. pink bucket for pink eggs, blue for blue eggs etc) and this way each child ends up with an equal amount of chocolate after the hunt.
3. Flashlight Egg Hunt Moving the big hunt to Easter eve and breaking out the flashlights is another way to add a twist to the traditional. Painting the eggs with glow in the dark paint also adds to the excitement.
4. Treat Trail Laying out a treat trail (M&M's, jelly beans, mini-chocolates) that leads to the location of each egg lends a Hansel and Gretel feel to the day and can be extra exciting for the kids.
5. Golden Egg Contest
Especially effective if you choose to do a colour-coded egg hunt, you may choose to have one golden or "special" egg as a reward for whomever finds it.
6. Easter Egg Checklist
Having a certain type and amount of each egg and giving kids a checklist can entertain them for longer as they strive to tick off each type. This can also add some focus to the hunt and is particularly good for a large group of children.
7. Easter Yarn Maze
If the treat trail seems like maybe a little too much chocolate for the little ones, a yarn maze might be the way to go. With each length of yarn leading to a different hiding spot, it also creates a criss cross maze that the kids will love manoeuvring through.
8. Easter Egg Discovery Boxes
Using old egg cartons, you can create a treat box with a variety of eggs/chocolates and even a little note. This is a good idea if you want a shorter egg hunt or you could have one and follow a premise similar to the golden egg reward.
9. Easter Clue Hunt
To challenge the Easter hunters, setting up a system of clues to lead to each new egg could be a great way to get their brains working before the find each egg. Either an Easter question that they have to answer correctly before being given a clue to each new hiding place, or a note that uses Easter themes to describe where the next egg is could work and can be a lot of fun for curious kids.
10. Easter Egg Hunt Shifts
Setting up hunts in shifts can be a good way of ensuring younger children get their fair share of the loot without too much competition from older hunters.
11. "Bunny Munny" Rewards
A really fun quirk on the traditional Easter egg hunt is to create some fake "Bunny Munny" to hide with each egg. After the hunt is over, you can then set up a little Easter themed store to sell the rest of the eggs or any Easter related craft/toys and the kids can use their "Bunny Munny" to buy what they want.
12. Bunny Trail Signs
Setting up Easter themed signs to guide the hunters can be a fun Easter activity and add to the atmosphere of the hunt.
13. DIY Easter Grass
This can be heaps of fun and add to the colour and creativity of the day. Cut lots of different colour sheets of paper into strips and lay it out in different locations to look like Easter themed grass.
Although it's important to remember that sometimes children will be children and the best laid plans can turn into a mad dash for chocolate - but more the fun, really, and even with just a few of these ideas there are sure to be a lot of happy faces and full tummies this Easter.