Everyone loves an Easter hunt

Easter Hunt

Everyone loves an Easter hunt! It’s exciting and rewarding so of course we want it to last as long as possible. That usually means buying lots and lots of chocolate eggs, and having an excess of sugar in the house for weeks to come. Why not mix it up this Easter by including just a few choccy eggs alongside some of these fun (and healthy!) alternatives.

Fun-filled plastic eggs

Plastic eggs are not very expensive and can be used year after year. You can usually find them at an art and craft or department store. Fill your plastic eggs with fun clues and little surprises; we’ve put our heads together to come up with a few ideas to get you started:

  • Include strips of paper with physical challenges for your children to complete before moving on to find the next clue. Star jumps, cartwheels and somersaults are sure to get the blood pumping.
  • Fill eggs with art and craft supplies like pipe cleaners, pom poms, googly eyes, wool, glitter, beads, clay etc. By the end of the hunt your child will have all the ingredients they need to create a crafty masterpiece.
  • Pop little action figures and props into your eggs for hours of creative play on the battlefield.
  • Puzzle pieces. Collect them all and complete the puzzle to receive an Easter themed prize.
  • Split up a Lego set between a few plastic eggs, don’t forget to also include the instructions! That should keep your cherubs occupied and take their mind off chocolate for a little while.
  • Hair ties, nail stickers, hair clips etc are perfect for the fashion-conscious members of your family.
  • For those that are a little more boisterous, stickers, tattoos, cars, bouncy balls, whistles etc work a treat.

 The possibilities are endless, so let your imagination run wild.  You don’t have to fill all of the eggs with a surprise, just a quick note with directions is fun and won’t hurt the hip pocket. You could even regift toys that have been forgotten about. Remember Toy Story!

Challenge trail

Take photos of special items or landmarks in your house or yard and create a trail linking them all together. Make the photos as easy or cryptic as you like and watch your kids work together to reach the end. Your kids can venture as near or far as you are comfortable with. Think Dad’s ugg boots, a spanner in the tool shed, a favourite toy, or even a picnic bench or iconic tree at the local park etc.

For the younger ones, a fun idea is to leave Easter Bunny footprints to follow along a trail. You could use flour, baby powder or bi-carb soda to sprinkle over a footprint template or dab on the floor with a sponge. If you don’t fancy having to get the vacuum out, print some templates and use paper versions instead. Some variety stores may even have them available on the cheap. Ask your kids to hop along like a bunny as they go to get their heart racing.

Nature Play

Write a list and ask your little wildlife warriors to collect a number of items from the backyard or local park. For example, your list could include the following: 5 honky nuts, 3 different types of leaves, something slimy…  or take the easy option and print this checklist created by our friends at Nature Play WA https://www.natureplaywa.org.au/library/1/file/Resources/for-families/Nature Play Bingo Resource.pdf

With just a little bit of planning and time, you can create Easter mornings filled with adventure and excitement that don’t leave your house packed to the roof with the sweet stuff.

Enjoy creating those precious memories. Happy Easter!