Planning the perfect Easter egg hunt

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Kids love a challenge so why not keep them busy preparing the Easter egg hunt.

This Easter, get the kids involved and egg-cited about an Easter egg hunt with some creative egg decorating before all the chocolate eating begins. With a few bright ideas and craft supplies, it's easy to plan out a fun Easter egg hunt.

Written clues for older children will make the hunt more challenging.

Craft eggs vs chocolate eggs

The Easter egg hunt is usually a mad dash around the house and garden for the kids to scoop up the most chocolate eggs before they're all eaten, melted, squashed or taken by the dog. This year you could try something different and use decorative eggs instead of chocolate eggs.

It might make the hunt a little more challenging as the decorative eggs can be hung and hidden in lots of new places. But before the kids protest about no chocolate, reassure them that they can swap the colourful decorative eggs for chocolate eggs or even Easter knick-knacks. This can also help control the chocolate intake!

Decorate the eggs

First prepare the decorative eggs by making a small hole in both sides to drain out the egg white and yolk. Then wash it out under a tap so it's clean and leave to dry.

There are many ways to decorate blown eggs: dye, paint or wax are the most common. Get the kids involved in this hands-on craft activity. It'll get a bit messy so make sure you cover the table surface with paper or a plastic tablecloth. While decorating the eggs, you can explain the tradition of the bunny and egg and what they symbolize in different cultures.

If you only want to use a few eggs, consider colour coding the eggs. When it comes to the Easter egg hunt, each colour can represent a different size or number of chocolate eggs. For example, a blue decorative egg can be traded for five small chocolate eggs, while a red egg can be swapped for a large chocolate egg.

Prepare the clues

Make clues that will be easily understood by the hunters. For younger children, a picture of the hiding place is all you need; while for older children, a short couplet or poem with simple instructions can make the hunt more challenging. A rhyme such as "two steps from the door, you'll find an Easter egg for sure" will keep them guessing and hunting.

Hide the eggs

Before hiding the eggs, make sure to write a list or map of where they're hidden. Leave the eggs and clues in places that are easy to reach, but where they can't be stepped on or forgotten.

Colour code the blown eggs so that each colour represents a different size or number of chocolate eggs.

Let the hunt begin

Before the hunt begins, let the children know which areas are out of bounds. Give them baskets to hold their found eggs. This will help keep eggs safe and intact and hopefully prevent smashed eggshell from getting all over the house or garden.

At the end of the hunt, hand out the chocolate eggs and award prizes for the hunter who found the hardest-to-find egg or helped the other hunters.