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How to Plan an Easter Scavenger Hunt

Updated on March 26, 2012

Easter is a special time for kids and the holiday hype includes Easter Egg hunting. Planning an Easter scavenger hunt as Easter activities for children will take a lot of creativity on the part of the adults but it can be a lot of fun, too!

To make the day more fun, include some adult friends or neighbors to help you out, not only in the planning but also in the execution and in the supervision of the kids, on the day itself, as well.

First, you will have to decide on the venue for the Easter Treasure hunt. Will it be indoors or outdoors? This is because the venue will determine to a large extent the kind of Easter activities for kids that you can organize. The venue will also help establish the boundaries that you will set up for the game, all in the interest of safety and your own privacy if you are holding the event indoors inside your house.

The second consideration is the age of the kids who will participate. Having a homogenous age group will make hiding the eggs and spelling out the Easter Egg hunt clues a bit easier. But the chances are higher that you will get children who come from different age groups participating in your Easter Egg Games. You will also have to decide on whether you will provide the Easter Egg baskets or if you will just provide plain brown paper bags that the children can decorate themselves. But if you do this, ensure that there are enough colored crayons to go around and set up a place for them to work on decorating the bags before the hunt starts.

Here are some Egg Hunt ideas:

  • Color code the eggs. Hide the same colored eggs in similarly difficult or easy places to find. Only children from a given age group can gather certain colors, even if the older ones find them;
  • Make a map of your hiding places and keep the map handy on the day of the hunt to give out clues when certain eggs are still to be found;
  • Pair off older kids with younger children to even out the hunting field;
  • Use plastic eggs, instead of the traditional real, boiled ones so that you can also insert small prizes or additional clues inside;
  • Have specially colored eggs that carry a special prize at the end of the game;
  • Spell out the rules before the Easter Egg games start, e.g., the game is over when a kid has gathered a given number of eggs;
  • Some hiding places you may wish to consider when you are holding the event indoors are: inside cabinets; inside pillow cases; inside mugs or pots and pans, on the underside of tables and chairs, etc.
  • Outdoors, you may hide the eggs under buckets, behind flower pots, underneath bushes, etc.

However, it is very important that an adult is always present to supervise and to “referee” points of conflict right away. You can decide as to the time when you will offer refreshments, before or after the Easter Egg hunt starts. Or, the food can be laid out and available the whole time the Easter Treasure hunt is going on.

Above all, have fun!


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      Linda Bilyeu 5 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Egg-citing ideas for a scavenger hunt! I intend to use them tomorrow for our easter egg hunt!

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      Jeannie InABottle 5 years ago from Baltimore, MD

      This is a really cute hub. I am surprised at how many people never got to have an Easter Egg hunt when they were kids. Maybe this will inspire them!

      P.S. Thanks for the link to my page. I am just seeing this now, but I will add it to my hub.

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      Cloverleaf 5 years ago from Calgary, AB, Canada

      Rob, Rolly, Cindy, Teaches - thank you all for your comments! I hope you all have a great Easter and enjoy many egg hunts with your families. I think that Easter brings out the kids in all of us. Have fun!

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      I miss watching our grandchildren hunt Easter eggs. Your suggestion of a map is a great idea. Wish we would have thought of that one. Thanks for the lovely post.

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      Cindy Murdoch 5 years ago from Texas

      I used to love Easter egg hunts when I was growing up, and then when I got older, I liked helping the little kids find them. It was always so much fun, especially when I got to be the one to help hide them. Making a map is a true time saver for sure!

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      Rolly A Chabot 5 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Great writing and I love the family ideas... well done.


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      rob_allen 5 years ago from MNL, PH

      Hi cloverleaf! you Easter Egg hunt ideas are exciting. Kids will definitely love the adventure especially with a map with x's. That will make them feel like pirates on a hunt for treasures. :)

      And I like the idea of adult-kid pairing. Kids should always be guided by older ones. That seems to be a great bonding moment :)