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You’ve probably noticed the aisles at your local big box store filling up with all things Easter. That means it’s time to start thinking about your own Easter plans. If you have young kids, chances are those plans involve hunting for plastic eggs.
If you’re tired of the same old Easter egg hunt, try one of these ideas to take the usual Easter festivities to the next level.
1. Easter Bunny Footprints
Won’t your kids be wowed when they wake up on Easter morning to find bunny paw prints all over the house? Sure they will! And accomplishing this can be as easy as ordering a kit online. Personally, I like to DIY it each year by simply making my own “stencil” with a piece of construction paper and scissors. Then I use a sieve/strainer to dust over the stencil to create the paw shape on the floor. I find baking soda works best and is easy to clean up.
2. The Golden Egg
This is a great idea for older kids who may not be motivated by plastic eggs full of jelly beans. Hide one “golden egg,” and fill it with some precious loot, like cold hard cash. You’d be amazed at how much this can up the energy level and excitement.
3. Color-Coded Hunt
This is great for families whose kids are obsessed with fairness. Assign each kid a color and tell them they have to find eggs in their designated color only. Every child gets the same amount of eggs and parents get to enjoy a nice, peaceful hunt.
4. Balloon Hunt
This great idea from Celebrations at Home is perfect for littles, who may have a hard time finding and collecting eggs. Simply tie a helium balloon to each egg and scatter them around the yard. Then watch as the toddlers flock straight to the intended targets.
5. Egg Charades
This can be especially entertaining for the little ones. Write a simple activity on each egg, such as “do jumping jacks” or “dance around.” Then, tell the kids they have to “perform” the activity described in the egg they find before they can keep hunting.
6. Egg Hunt Checklist
This idea from A Mom’s Take will make your Easter egg hunt last a little longer. Kiddos not only have to find eggs, but they have a whole list of things to check off before they call it quits. Just check out their adorable template.
7. LEGO Easter Egg Hunt
We love this idea from Frugal Fun for Boys and Girls. Purchase a small LEGO set and divide the pieces among several plastic eggs. The hunters have to find all the eggs to assemble the set. Have more than one kid? Simply color code the eggs and assign.
8. Night Hunt
Glow-in-the-dark Easter Eggs? Genius! This tutorial from Lil’ Luna is an easy way to add some extra fun to your hunt. Add a glow stick to each egg to make them light up and then let the night hunt begin. This could be fun for adults and kids alike.
9. Puzzle Hunt
The folks at Kids Play and Create came up with this great idea. Simply put a puzzle together and write a note explaining where the Easter baskets are hiding. Once the message is written, break up the puzzle and hide a piece in each plastic egg. When all the eggs are found, the kids put the puzzle together to locate their baskets. (You can buy a “color your own” puzzle on Amazon for less than $10.)
10. Scavenger Hunt
Maybe you are creative enough to come up with your own scavenger hunt—or maybe not. Never fear, the folks at Happy Home Fairy have come up with clues anyone can use. Hide these clues throughout the house and let the fun begin.