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I often work with BIG W surrounding significant holiday events because I like the outlook of their campaigns: it’s about facilitating special moments and how you want them to work for your family. I know I can go in store and find pretty much everything I need which makes it easy.
I’ve come up with a variety of ideas to make the backyard Easter egg hunt fun. Pick one, two or more ideas and make it memorable.
Make a Station
It’s helpful to have a station for kids to come back to, even if the hunt is the main event. This can be a table, or a picnic rug with scatter cushions.
Individual water bottles are a great option for thirsty hunters, and you can find these cute geometric style water bottle printables here.
Find step-by-step tutorials on the blog:
Depending on the age of the kids, and if they are interested in doing craft, make baskets and hats as a craft or do this beforehand and have them ready. I prefer this to buying baskets because they are super easy and you can recycle them.
Nest cupcakes are another easy craft activity for kids; they can decorate their own cupcakes with a few simple ingredients you can find here.
Below are simple game ideas that don’t require a lot of planning or instruction.
What you need:
- Plastic eggs (or tennis/plastic balls)
- Plastic container/bucket
- Wooden spoon
- Cardboard box
Feed the Bunny Game: Make a bunny box (instructions here). Mark a point for where to stand and throw plastic eggs or roll balls into the bunny’s mouth. Could be fun to try this game with carrots too!
Egg & Spoon Race: Mark a starting line and the finish. Then balance a plastic, chocolate or boiled egg on a wooden spoon between them. If the egg falls, stop and pick it back up before moving forward.
Throw Eggs in a Basket: Mark a starting point. Throw plastic eggs (or balls) inside a basket (or bucket). Adjust the throw distance to make it more challenging. Idea: This could be set up as a earn chocolate eggs game. Get five in, and receive an egg.
- Fruit platter
- Nest Cupcakes
Food is not necessary for egg hunts, but I always offer fruit. Give a shot at making a bunny shaped platter with pineapple, apple, blueberries and strawberry.
Egg Hunt Ideas
- Plastic eggs
- Variety of chocolate eggs
- Egg tree
- Scavenger Hunt
- Non-Chocolate Treats
This is the grand finale, and below are tips to make it the best:
- Establish a sharing policy. I always say to my kids that we hunt, find, and then come back and work out if we need to share out any eggs and treats.
- Hide eggs in a variety of places, some obvious, and some not-so-obvious.
- Non-chocolate treats are a fun idea too. Think of small useful things you may be able to fit inside plastic eggs, or hide on their own. For example: erasers, single Lego figurines or individual Trashies.
- Egg tree – this is a novel idea and surprisingly easy to set up. Simply hang wool or string from tree branches and clip a plastic egg over the top. Find more details on making an egg tree here.
- Glow in the dark hunt is a favourite at our place. Crack a glow stick and put them inside a plastic egg and hide them when it’s dark.
- For older kids who like a bit of a challenge, a scavenger hunt is fun. Write out simple clues to lead kids to where the next egg or clue will be. At the end could be a big egg, stuffed bunny or surprise. Below are a few examples of possible clues:
- The first egg you will find, where it’s cold inside (fridge)
- Next you will need to go, where we keep the stuff to mow (garage)
- Don’t stop now, you need to creep, to the place where you sleep (pillow)
- It’s time to explore, around the front door (under mat)
- Now hop, hop, hop, to where we keep the mop (cupboard)
- Go and scour the place where you shower (bathroom)
- Think books, and where they are kept, and you will find something wrapped. (Bookcase)
Stuffed Bunny: $15
Try a new game! Hang eggs in a tree! Create your own baskets! Make it fun and memorable.
This year BIG W has a fun Eggscape egg hunt with prizes, including a Hyundai ix35 SE, camping gear from Coleman, chocolate from Cadbury, Nintendo gear, Disney kids beds, and family DVDs from Fox and, of course, free chocolate eggs. Just download the app and follow the clues in store (the app will tell you if you’re close!) Details here.