Looking for fun new ways to spice up your 2019 Easter egg hunt? You’ve come to the right place. Put a new spin on tradition with these creative ideas for your children. Some of these ideas are suitable for really young kids while others are geared towards your older children. But all of them are fun for the entire family. It’s time for the Easter Bunny (a.k.a. you) to get creative this year!
Avoid the Sugar Rush
Everyone loves a good Easter egg hunt. After all, who can say no to candy? But what if you want to avoid the sugar rush this year? You can fill Easter eggs with so many more things than mere candy:
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- Individual mini-toys or action figures
- Stickers of their favorite superheroes or cartoon characters
- Lego pieces they can assemble for a fun new toy
- Art and craft supplies like crayons or paints
Hunt for Treasure
Turn the Easter eggs into clues of a treasure hunt for the kids to uncover. It’s even more fun if you have a large group of kids. Divide them into teams of two or three with kids of all ages. This way, everyone from toddlers to tweens can enjoy the activities. Alternatively, turn the Easter Bunny into Willy Wonka and hide golden tickets in some of the eggs. Now you have more prizes than just the final treasure.
Challenge Your Kids
What if your kids think the Easter egg hunt is a bit boring? Make it a challenge instead. Give them specific quotas to find like:
- Two blue eggs, three yellow eggs, two red eggs
- Eggs with different patterns
- Eggs numbered 0 to 9 in that order
You can even print off checklists so the kids can keep track of the eggs they have found. You can also assign one color for each child. Then you won’t have kids fighting over which egg belongs to whom.
Ditch the Plastic
Don’t like the plastic Easter eggs that go to waste each year? Make your own goodie bags with papier-mâché, yarn or even colorful fabrics. You can also turn it into a nature hunt. Have the kids find different colored flowers, plants, insects, birds, etc. If you don’t have space in your backyard, take the entire family to the closest park for a couple of hours.
Assemble the Puzzle
Here’s an idea to turn the competitive egg hunt into a collaborative one. Fill the Easter eggs with puzzle pieces that the entire family can sit down and assemble after the hunt. Older kids might prefer a more intricate puzzle but keep it simple if you have younger children. If the puzzle has a lot of pieces, you can put multiple pieces in each egg.
Floating Easter Eggs
This is a great idea for really young children who may not always spot hidden eggs. Tie each egg to a different colored balloon and let them loose. Even really young kids can now find eggs! If your child is learning numbers, colors or even the alphabet, you can fill the Easter eggs with paper slips instead of chocolates. Have them find all 26 letters of the alphabet, all the colors of the rainbow, spell out their names, etc.
Reverse Easter Bunny
If you have older kids, how about turning them into the Easter Bunny this year? Have them hide eggs with wish cards (extra screen time, last slice of cake, 2 bedtime stories, etc) or coupons to skip chores. Now it’s the adults’ turn to find the eggs. You have to grant them the wishes inside the eggs you cannot find. Stand back and be amazed at how creative kids can get with an incentive like that!
Easter Eggs with QR Codes
This is another one for the older kids. Hide QR codes they can scan with their phones to redeem for treats and coupons. They could win a trip to the mall, stay up late for one night or a have sleepover with friends. It’s a neat way to involve tweens or even teenagers who’re never far from their gadgets.
Get the Kids Moving
Turn the Easter egg hunt into a game with this nifty idea. Instead of filling the eggs with candy or toys, hide slips of paper with things for them to do. Here are a few ideas:
- Hop like a bunny
- Do a cartwheel
- Run around the entire house
- Hug all the adults
- Dance like a robot
- Spin around till you get dizzy
You can also do a relay race style egg hunt. Divide the kids into teams. One member from each team goes out to find the first egg, comes back and tags the next member. You can color code the eggs as well – blue eggs for the first member, green for the second and so on.