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10 Fun Alternatives to Easter Egg Hunts

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Is anyone else feeling down about the cancelation of your beloved Easter egg hunts? Of course, you can still do them at home but we have pulled together some fun, kid-centric ways to celebrate Easter in the days of COVID-19. 

Fitness Easter Egg Hunt

Kids can have a lot of fun with this Easter egg hunt, while staying active with this fun fitness easter egg hunt 

  1. Print clues and cut into individual pieces.
  2. Place clues inside plastic eggs.
  3. Place eggs in their specific location to be found by excited children.
  4. Before starting the hunt, explain to the kids that they need do the exercise from each clue before they move onto the next location. Some fun ideas could be Ninja kicks, bunny hops, jumping backward, jumping jacks, giant leaps and somersaults. 

Go to Super Healthy Kids for treasure ideas and printable clues! 

Neighborhood Easter Egg Hunt

Sure, we can’t all gather with our friends like usual, but everyone can still create a fun Easter egg hunt in your neighborhood. Print out a full page-sized pattern eggs for kids to cut out and color. Then, hang the colored eggs on your front doors, on windows, fences, tree, garbage cans or even use chalk to draw them on your driveway. Invite all your neighborhood friends to do the same; the more eggs you “hide,” the more fun it will be! Have a deadline for when all the eggs should be “hidden” i.e. by Friday and then, on your neighborhood walks, have fun spotting all of the eggs. Bring candy along with you on your egg hunt and reward kids with each egg they spot. 

Photo Scavenger Hunt

Make Easter more meaningful with a scavenger hunt. If you’re religious, have Easter-themed clues with scriptures in the eggs. You could also make it a spring photo scavenger hunt by having clues in the eggs for the children to find or take a photo of whatever is listed. Clues could be find something smooth, Find something rough. Find something you think is a treasure. Find something colorful. This can be a really wonderful way for kids to slow down and take in the real beauty of their surroundings. 

Easter Egg Relay Race

Split the kids into teams and have a member from each team search for an egg. Once they’ve found an egg, they tag the next teammate — just like a traditional relay race!

Bunny Tracks

One of our favorite St. Patrick’s Day activities is our leprechaun always leaves little footprints all over the house that leads to his mischief. Do the same with your sweet bunny by leading bunny tracks with clues to where the Easter basket or treats are located. Don’t want to print out bunny tracks? Make a path of chocolate eggs to lead to the treasure. 

Glow-in-the Dark Easter Egg Hunt

Something new I’m trying for my teens this year is a glow-in-the-dark Easter Egg hunt.  I’m exchanging the Easter money Grandpa sent into small bills and coins, filling plastic eggs with the currency and mini glow sticks, taping them shut and then hiding them all over the yard when it turns dark. It will be a memorable way for my kids to “earn” their Easter money this year.

Backward Easter Egg Hunt

Reverse the roles this year and have the kids fill the Easter eggs with things that they want written on slips of paper (like stay up for an extra hour, skip chores for a day, etc.). Once all of the eggs are filled, have the kids hide the eggs and have parents try to find them. Any eggs that are not found in a certain time limit are the ones that kids get to keep.

Botanical Easter Eggs

If you’re running out of hiding places for your egg hunt, try this covert option: botanical Easter eggs. If you’ve got a garden (and the weather is cooperating for an outdoor hunt), hide these gorgeous eggs among the flowers — and see just how cocky your kids are when the eggs are no longer shiny, plastic, and super-obvious.

Pirate Treasure Map

Arrr! If you have a child who dreams of finding buried treasure, a pirate-themed scavenger hunt is a slam dunk and surprisingly easy to organize. Begin by creating a series of clues that kick off the treasure hunt. The clues can be personalized to familiar things in your child’s life, for instance, “Ahoy, matey, go to the place where we keep your toothbrush.” If you prefer to follow in another captain’s footsteps, the Lil’ Luna blog has excellent ideas for creating clues and shares a free printable treasure map. She even suggests hiding golden nuggets (spray-painted rocks) around the house that lead to Easter baskets.

Smart Phone Easter Egg Hunt for Older Kids

If your teens are at the stage where they think they’re too cool for Easter egg hunts, this high-tech hunt from Bits of Everything will change their tune. To receive your clues using the QR codes, you will need a device (iPhone, iPod, Android, etc…) that you can put apps on. There are several free apps you can use to scan your QR codes very easily. The one that I use is simply called “Scan.” (Note: if you plan to be far enough away from home, away from your wireless internet, be sure to have cell phones available.) When the QR code is scanned, it takes you to an image on my blog that has the clue on it. Simple as that.

Top-secret mission hunt

If we get a rainy Easter Sunday this year, here’s a fun indoor option. Fill an Easter basket with secret agent props like those found on the Shim & Sons blog and include a manila envelope labeled “top secret.” Inside the envelope is a list of evidence to find. Hide items such as a water gun, stolen loot (pennies) and precious stones (plastic beads) around the house and let the hunt begin. For added fun, set a timer and see who can find the most items the quickest.

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