How to Throw an Unforgettable Easter Egg Hunt. Plan a super fun scavenger hunt with these free printable clues. Load into your eggs and you are ready to go!
I am getting really excited for Easter this year. We have been so busy installing our new floors on the weekends we haven’t had much time to do anything fun with the kids. This year I want to be sure we have an amazing, unforgettable Easter egg hunt!
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throw an unforgettable Easter Egg Hunt
Some years, my husband and I place some eggs out in our backyard and call it good. Other years, I plan something much more elaborate, like an Easter egg scavenger hunt complete with printable clues!
The best part is I used these clues the first year I created them in 2015, and then I was able to re-use them 2 years later and my kids still thought it was a ton of fun!
COUNTDOWN THE dAYS UNTIL eASTER
Start by counting down the days! One of the best parts of any holiday is anticipating its arrival. My kids will ask me daily (or sometimes more than once per day) how many days until Easter (or Christmas, or their birthdays). We try to do some sort of countdown for any major holiday.
The kids get to participate in counting down the days, and I can avoid the same question of “how many days until Easter?” over and over again!
It is a metal board with a vinyl overlay so you can add magnets to it. It comes with three adorable chick magnets.
I thought it would be fun for the kids to get a small treat of a couple of jelly beans each morning when we move the magnet – similar to our chocolate advent calendars we had for Christmas. To display the treats I got this Easter cutie plush jar.
I chose the bunny, but there are four other cute little critters to choose from. Since this jar was going to be for everyone in the family, I had it personalized to simply say “treats”, rather than one of the kid’s names. I love that the little bunny ears can bend.
You can purchase the jar with or without candy. Here you can see how cute it is all filled up!
With all the construction going on in our home, we don’t have much in the way of decorations this year. But, I always decorate our front table. This was the perfect place to put the countdown board and treat jar so the kids can easily see it.
How to plan an Easter Egg Scavenger Hunt
Now that I had the kids super excited about Easter and all the fun we are going to have, I wanted to create an Easter egg scavenger hunt for them to try to find their Easter baskets. My kids are getting a little older so hiding eggs around the house or yard seems a little too easy for them.
I created a printable for the scavenger hunt. There is a main poem to print out to tell the kids what to expect. I attached this to the countdown board with one of the magnets on Easter day.
Then, I cut out the clues that I printed out and added them to the plastic Easter eggs. Since my son can read and my daughter cannot, I thought it would be fun for them to do the hunt together. The first clue was left at the countdown board and the rest of the clues will lead them all around the house and into the back yard.
I planned to hide the Easter baskets in the shed. On the printable, I left the location of the hidden baskets blank so you can fill it in to fit your house.
Free Printable Easter Egg Scavenger Hunt Clues
Download: Easter Egg Scavenger Hunt
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The kids’ baskets are my favorite thing this year! I didn’t want anything too cutesy or babyish since they are 5 and 8. I found these cool waves Easter totes.
They are so bright and fun! And I was able to have them personalized with each of my kid’s names on them. I was surprised by how big they are. They will work perfectly to store things in their rooms after Easter is over.
Tips for a stress-free Easter Egg hunt
If your kids are too little to do a scavenger hunt, I have a couple of other ideas to make your Easter egg hunt one they won’t forget.
- Be sure to have a basket or bag for them to collect their eggs. Even something as simply as a cute cellophane bag would work great!
- If you have a mix of older and younger children, I suggest giving each child their own color egg to hunt for. This way you can be sure no one gets left out and all the kids get the same number of eggs.
I purchased packs of plastic eggs. My daughter will get the orange and pink ones and my son will get the blue and green ones.
- Do not use real hard-boiled eggs unless you plan to write down the location of each egg. We have had years we have forgotten where a couple of eggs were hidden. Luckily they were the plastic ones and we didn’t have to worry about any stinky situations.
Do you do an Easter egg hunt each year? What traditions do you do to make it special?
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