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How to Host an Easter Egg Hunt

EASTER:Is the pressure on to host an egg hunt extraordinaire? Bryony Sutherland shares her top tips for easter egg hunt success.
 

Two years ago my parents hosted the most incredible Easter egg hunt for my children. The hunt took place in the garden, and my folks had written out an extensive series of clues for each of the three children, with the difficulty rating adjusted according to age. From the comfort of ‘Eggquarters’ – garden furniture bedecked in bright bunting – I watched my sons race off in different directions, each on a mind-bending adventure trail involving deciphering clues to find a series of objects (a balloon, an upturned flowerpot, a bendy plastic snake, etc).

Each object was returned to Eggquarters in exchange for a chocolate egg – I believe they were literally ‘on ice’ under the table – and the next clue. There was a healthy sense of competition as the boys raced each other to the final prize. The hunt lasted all afternoon and satisfactorily wore the kids out physically, while also making them use their brains. Years later I still marvel at my parents’ dedication to the task at hand!

Egg-cellent hunt ideas

Obviously egg hunts don’t always need to be quite so intricate and should be adapted to suit the age of the hunter. Ages 1-2: Toddling super sleuths will probably need to be accompanied by an adult, offering plenty of encouragement. Eggs should be very easy to find and raise a smile – try nestling them in the arms of favourite teddies or dolls. Ages 3-4: Young adventurers are usually up for the challenge of a proper search. You could fashion a trail left by the Easter bunny using paper paw prints or carrot shapes, making sure to hide the eggs within eye level for the little ones. Ages 5-7: Junior hunters love following clues and rhyming can be a fun way to test their imagination:
  • For this clue you have to think, try looking in the bathroom… (sink)
  • This Easter egg is hard to see, it’s hiding in the garden… (tree)
  • Where does daddy grow his veg? I’m nearby sitting in the… (hedge)
  • You’re feeling tired so rest your head, your clue is sleeping in the… (bed)
For less confident readers, use pictures to direct them around the house and garden.

Ages 8 and over: More mature munchers can be tested even further to earn their reward. Clues could each lead to a mini egg and either a letter or part of a puzzle. The letters could make up an anagram of the name of the final resting place of the biggest and best egg. The puzzle pieces, when placed together correctly, could form a treasure map indicating where X marks the spot…

Alternative egg hunt ideas

Chocolate free: It doesn’t always need to be about the chocolate. You can purchase coloured plastic egg ‘containers’ and place inside little gifts such as hairclips, coins, mini stationery, balloons, key rings, toy cars and stickers. For older children consider using tokens, coupons or IOUs instead – treats could include staying up an hour later than usual, movie tickets, a sleepover invitation or a pocket money bonus.

A dusk discovery quest: Instead of holding the hunt during daylight hours, why not let the kids loose as the sun goes down? Wrap them up warm, equip them each with a torch and listen to the giggles as they bump around in the dark!

Our top egg hunt tips

DO write a quick list of the hiding place of each egg to make sure all hunters get their rightful share. DON’T aim too high (literally). My friend’s father will always be fondly remembered for leaving chocolate eggs balanced up on picture rails and inside little-used light fittings – only to be discovered from the rather musty fragrance emanating from various sticky wall lamps several months later!
Happy hunting!

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Journalist, author & mother of 3. Here to give us an honest insight into family life. 
 

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