Items you will need
- Plastic eggs
- Small pieces of paper
- Large sheet of paper
- Permanent marker
- Easter candy or small presents
If your children have outgrown the traditional Easter egg hunt, you can start a new tradition that the kids will enjoy long after they have grown up and left home. An Easter scavenger hunt is a great way to make sure that your family still spends Easter morning together outside of the traditional sunrise services and religious activities that generally do not cease as kids mature.
Design the route that you want the scavenger hunt to take. Older children may be sent all over the neighborhood if you wish, while younger ones generally have an easier time moving from room to room. You should write the destinations in numerical order.
Write a clue for each destination on a small piece of paper. You should also record this clue under the destination on the large piece of paper to help you keep track when you are on the hunt. Your clue can be a few simple sentences or a funny rhyme. For example, if you want the kids to go to the basement, you might write "I'm hidden in a kind of bunny-hole. You might think it's dark and scary, but down the stairs I rolled."
Place each clue in a separate egg. Make sure that you record the color of the egg that goes with each clue or that you mark it with the number of the destination so that you know where to hide the egg later.
Put candy in the eggs along with the clue. This way your kids will collect small prizes and incentives as they collect their clues. Make sure there is enough candy in each egg for each child to have some.
Hide the eggs. For younger children, make them fairly easy to spot. Older kids can have harder clues and hiding spots. You may want to note on your master plan where the eggs are hidden.
Follow the clues as a family to find the prize. You may hide the children's Easter baskets at the end of the hunt or some other surprise that may vary from year to year depending on the age and desires of your children.
You can code the outside of the eggs so that each child gets their own egg at each stop and then must work with the others to put the clue together and discover where to go next.