While the Easter egg hunt is definitely not the purpose of Easter, it’s still a fun tradition that kids of all ages look forward too! Here are some fun ideas to keep it exciting and maybe offer an alternative to the traditional egg hunt!
#1 – Skip The Candy Easter Egg Hunt
This is a good one for the older kids. Fill Easter Eggs with slips of paper that have reasonable rewards. For example....stay up for an extra 15 minutes, lunch date with mom, movie of my choice, go get icecream. Hide the eggs and the eggs that the kids find are the rewards that they get.
#2 – Easter Egg Treasure Hunt
Write clues that send your kids around the house searching for the next location where they’ll find a clue (e.g., Run really fast, use your legs, this is where we keep the eggs). Hide the clues in eggs and put a number on each of the eggs so they don’t accidentally skip an egg in their searching. Have the clues lead to a bigger prize at the end, one for each kid, or one that everyone can share.
#3 – Easter Egg Relay Race
Split your kids into teams. When you say go, have the first kid 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 until one team has found a specified number of eggs (e.g., 20) as a team. You can also do this with younger kids, just make sure they understand that they can only find one egg and come back!
#4 – Perfect Patterns Egg Hunt
Before the race, buy eggs in particular patterns or designs and colors (e.g., striped, pink polka dotted, glittery) then hide the eggs and come up with a pattern to use for the game. For instance, you might say you have to find eggs in the order of the colors in a rainbow (red, orange, yellow, blue, green, violet). Or they have to find striped, solid, striped, solid, etc. Every time they find an egg, they have to bring the egg back then go search again for the next egg in the pattern. Once they’ve found all of the eggs in the correct pattern, they are rewarded with a bigger prize.
#5 - Lego Egg Hunt
If your kids are Lego fans, split up a new Lego set — maybe the Easter-themed one? — into different plastic eggs. Once they're done finding all the eggs, they can spend the rest of the morning putting the set together!
#6 - Hoppin LIke an Easter Bunny
These fun printables, with directions like "hop like a bunny" or "do a somersault," will get everyone up and moving on Easter Sunday.