Easter Egg Hunt Games & Ideas
Supplies: Easter eggs, Area to hide Eggs, Candy, prizes and other items
Most people know the standard Easter Egg Hunt where Easter Eggs are hidden in a particular area like a room or yard and kids race off to find the hidden eggs. Well we took an extra step and came up with some Easter Egg Hunt variations those looking for a unique challenge or options for multiple Easter Egg Hunts including Team Easter Egg Hunts and the Eggmazing Race Hunt.
All Easter Egg Hunts include Eggs for hiding (we prefer the plastic eggs as they can’t spoil and you can hide items inside the egg), an area to hide the eggs, treats or prizes based on the games and with some additional items
Most Easter Eggs Wins
Have a group of people for your Easter Egg Hunt then hide 10 – 15 Easter Eggs per person in a large area.
Then release the Easter Egg Hunters for 5 minutes (or until all are found) to find as many Easter Eggs as they can. The person with the most Easter Eggs when time is up wins a prize.
If you have kids of different ages then stagger the release and younger kids a 15 or 30 second head start on the Easter Egg Hunt.
Easter Hunt Surprise
This year when filling those plastic Easter Eggs with candy, set 3 – 5 aside and include a special surprise. Just for fun and to make it more interesting add a slip of paper in with a few jelly beans and have the piece of paper list a prize.
Adjust the prize to the age group and interests of the group, so for little kids it could be $1 or coins for their piggy bank, a plush Easter bunny or toy and for older kids or adults it could be movie tickets, an iTunes gift card or a get out of your weekly chores card.
In this Easter Egg hunt you win with candy and with bonus prizes.
Golden Egg Variation
Instead of having several Easter Eggs with prizes have one Egg “The Golden Egg” that is extremely hard to and the person who finds it wins a big Easter prize like a special basket, large chocolate bunny or something really special.
Easter Egg Puzzle Hunt
Supplies: Plastic Easter eggs, camera/phone, printer, scissors, planning
This Easter Hunt requires using plastic eggs to hide puzzle pieces inside. Once all (or most) of the puzzle pieces have been put together it completes a photo or hand written note to where their Easter Basket is located.
Puzzle Hunt Prep Work: First decide where you want to hide the basket. Second do you want to leave a photo (best fro kids under five) or a hand written or typed clue as to where the basket is located. Hiding several baskets? We have always found it to be more fun to hide the baskets in different places for each child, that way each must figure out their own puzzle.
Take your photo and print out on a piece or paper or write your clue, then clue up the clue into 9 pieces. Then place the clues into the plastic eggs prior to hiding. If you have more than one child searching for eggs, decide on a color or colors for each child this way the child will get the clues meant for them. Example: Bill’s clues are placed in blue and green eggs and Alexa’s clues are placed in the pink and yellow eggs. Just let them know which colored eggs they are looking for. If you are short on eggs, then just place 2 or more clues in some eggs.
In the morning, have the kids hunt for their eggs, open them and put the puzzle pieces together to find their Easter Basket.
Easter Egg Team Hunt
In this Easter Egg Hunt you will have teams of kids search for Eggs.
So first review the children that will be in attendance and determine how to best divide them up teams of 2, 3, or 4.
Then you need to divide the Easter Eggs by color and create an equal number of Easter Eggs for each team. We recommend 5 – 7 Easter Eggs per person, so for teams of 2 people you would hide 10 – 14 Easter Eggs for each team and so on.
Once you have determined team size and counted out the Easter Eggs, you are ready to hide the Easter Eggs for the Hunt some should be easy and some really difficult.
Then when you are about to do your Easter Egg Hunt let the kids know that they will be working in teams and the first team to collect all of their Easter Eggs wins.
The Easter Baskets will be placed at the start line and the teams must race to find their colored Easter Eggs and return the Easter Eggs to the Basket. They cannot take the Easter Basket with them.
Since young children may not understand the difference between purple and lavender we suggest you have sample colors in their basket at the start of the hunt so they know what they are looking for.
That way Team A knows they are looking for Purple, Pink & Yellow Easter Eggs and Team B knows they are looking for Red, Lavender & Blue Easter Eggs.
* The Team play can also be turned into a Relay Race where team member head out one at a time and return once they find an egg. once back then the next team member leaves to find an egg. Continue to play until the first team finds all the eggs. This works best if you have limited Easter eggs and in this team don’t need to find a specific color.
Easter Eggmazing Race
This is the Amazing Race meets Easter Egg Hunt and it involves hiding Easter Eggs and completing tasks before they can proceed to the next Easter Egg.
This Easter Competition can be played by individuals or as teams, involves finding Easter Eggs and completing challenges.
You can modify the Easter Eggmazing Race game as needed but we thought this way a quick way to set it up and play easily.
Each child or team will be given a color of Easter Eggs to find.
Once they find one of the Easter Eggs, they open it and must complete a challenge before returning to hunt for more Easter Eggs.
The first person to find all the Easter Eggs and complete all the challenges wins.
For older kids the Easter Eggs can be clues as like a treasure hunt to lead them to where the challenge is. Hence more like the Amazing Race where once you get the location then you are given the challenge. (We kept ours extra simple so everyone can see all the action.)
First Come Up with 3 – 5 Easter Egg Challenges to Put in the Plastic Eggs
Here are some examples:
– Place a Easter Egg on a Spoon and walk from Point A to Point B without dropping the Egg.
– Toss an Easter Egg or Jelly Beans in an Easter Basket 10 feet or more Away
– Use a Jelly Bean or Easter Egg to Knock Over a Target several feet away
– Give them a list of three scrambled Easter Words to unscramble
Once the child or team completes a task then they can return to hunt for more their colored Easter Eggs and once they find all the Easter Eggs and completed all the challenges the game is over.
First team done wins.
Easter Egg Hunt – Strategies for All Ages Hunts
Young kids get excited about Easter Egg hunts, but sometimes older kids snatch the egg right out from young kids. How do you reset the balance of power for your Easter Egg hunt?
Well we have a few ideas to make the hunt more fun for little ones and challenging for older kids.
a. Release kids in order of age give younger children a change to grab the easiest eggs first. Kids under three might get a 20-30 second head start, those under 5 (10-20 seconds) and those under 10 (10 seconds).
b. Assign a color or colors by age group or child, this helps group eggs and hiding into levels. This way the older kids can’t pick up the easy eggs and you can make the hiding more challenging as the age group gets higher.
c. If using hard boiled eggs, you might have a variety of unique colors and designs so separating by color does not work. One idea is to consider placing stickers or writing numbers on the eggs to identify what age group is looking specific eggs. We tend to favor the sticker idea because the stickers can be removed after the hunt.