Organise an Easter Egg Hunt

An Easter egg hunt is a fun activity for kids of all ages! You can have a hunt among your own kids, or even better, invite their friends around to join in. It’s a very sociable event, and if it’s well organised, everyone will go home happy!

What is an Easter Egg Hunt?

An Easter egg hunt is a game where eggs and other prizes are hidden, and the children have to find them. The details are flexible, so it’s a good idea to adapt the rules to whoever will be participating. Be mindful of age differences, and over-competitive participants!

Indoors or outdoors?

If possible, organise the Easter egg hunt for outdoors. As well as giving the kids some fresh air and plenty of exercise, there are usually plenty more hiding places too! Just be sure to have an indoor hunt organised as a backup, in case the weather isn’t suitable on the day.

What you need?

Stock up with plenty of eggs. Traditionally, hard-boiled eggs are used, but nowadays, chocolate eggs are appreciated more! Another more practical option is plastic eggs, and these are available filled with candy, or even small toys. There are even Play-Doh Easter eggs available, if you want something a little different! Whether you use one type of egg, or a variety of different ones, make sure there are plenty for everyone.

Next, you’ll need something for the kids to hold any eggs they find. If you’re stuck, just give each child a bag, but a nicer and more traditional option is to use baskets. These don’t have to be expensive: there are colored bamboo baskets available at a very low cost. Once again, allow enough for each child.

Finally, don’t be afraid to include a few ‘special prizes’. These may be especially well hidden, or simply given to the winners. It’s also a good idea to have some candy treats on hand, just to make sure nobody feels left out!

The Rules

Actually, there are no hard-and-fast rules, so you’re free to adapt the hunt as you see fit. However, you should think about the rules for your particular hunt, and make sure all the kids are aware of them beforehand. In the end, you want everyone to enjoy themselves, so here are a few tips:

  • Create treasure maps for everyone, adapted to their age. This way, younger children won’t be competing directly with older kids. You can make actual maps, or even just provide clues.
  • Limit the number of eggs anyone can collect. You can enforce this by saying the first person to return with that many eggs wins a special prize!
  • Make teams, perhaps pairing younger and older children together.
  • For very young kids, it’s great to allow an adult to go with them (provided they’re not too competitive!)
  • Tell each participant they can only collect eggs of a particular color. This gives everyone a fair chance!
  • Safety first! Make sure the hunting grounds are enclosed, or that you can see where all the kids are. Also tell them the area where the eggs are hidden so they’re not tempted to wander further!


Easter egg hunts can be great fun for all the family, and if everyone goes home with a full Easter basket, there’s sure to plenty of smiles all round!

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