Easter Egg Hunt Top Tips

It doesn’t matter if it’s your first year hosting an Easter egg hunt, or if it’s an established family tradition in your home, anyone can enjoy our top tips to make the occasion as enjoyable as possible.

Easter egg hunt top tips

Essential egg hunt hiding tips

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Layout the field

When kicking off the hunt and good way to start is to tell the children where the eggs won’t be. You don’t want them trampling on the prize flowerbeds when the eggs are nowhere near. At the very start let them know where the out of bounds areas are.

Hot and cold

One of the easiest ways to keep the Easter egg hunt moving is to use a ‘hot and cold’ system. Simply tell a child they’re “getting warmer” if they’re near a prized egg or “freezing cold” if they’re looking in a completely wrong place.

You can also give clues using “I spy with my little eye” to help them find that elusive last egg.

One egg each   

Some children are natural scavengers and could have two or three eggs in their possession after 30 seconds. A great way to make sure no child is left behind is to write a child’s name on the foil of each egg.

If Jack finds Mary’s egg, then Mary will help find Jack’s or another child’s. This way everyone gets the fun of searching and gets an egg for their troubles. Even if there’s just one egg left to be found everyone can join in on the hunt.

Treasure chest

An alternative way to do the egg hunt is to make it a team hunt. Divide all the eggs into two boxes and divide the children into two teams. Hide clues that lead to the next clue and so on. Each team will eventually find their own box of treats.

This is a great option if there are children of mixed ages playing together. The older ones can help the little ones out — everyone gets involved.

Tips for the garden

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If you’re lucky enough to get some nice weather on Easter Sunday, be sure to make use of the garden. Keep these handy pointers in mind.

Clingfilm the eggs

You’ll want your kids only eating the chocolate part of the egg and not any mucky surprises that might follow from the garden. To avoid this, wrap the eggs in clingfilm if you still want to see the egg’s original foil (just in case you are writing the child's name on it). Otherwise, you can wrap the eggs in tin foil to give each egg the same silver effect.

Sign posts

If you have the time and the space, transform your garden into a proper treasure island with a few cardboard signs posts pointing towards the eggs’ location. If you think that’s makes it too easy, you can write fun place names on the signs like ‘Mad Hatter’s Tea Party’ or ‘Easter Island’. 

Draw a map for yourself

If the rain comes down in the middle of your outdoor hunt you’ll need to grab those eggs and relocate the games inside. Do you remember where you put them? Draw out a little map when you first hide the eggs to make life easier on yourself.

Tips for indoors  

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If everything has to move indoors you can use these tips to navigate your way to a fun afternoon. 

Go wireless

For safety reasons don’t hide eggs behind TVs or anywhere there are wires. Also, don’t forget to secure drawstrings on blinds and any other potentially hazardous obstacles from the field of play.

One room only

If at all possible, try and keep the activities in one or two rooms. If the children are running all over the house frantically searching for eggs, then chances are there’s more potential for bumps and bruises. Definitely keep it on one floor of the house. Keep the space limited to help you keep a close eye on all the fun.

Use theme music

Take advantage of your indoor music system or laptop and play some children's music to pump up the fun. Now the hunt has its own soundtrack!