Yes, our annual Easter break this year is going to be a bit different, with many of the things that we like to do out of reach this year. But with a dash of creativity and a large helping of humour, we can still enjoy many of the much-loved Easter traditions even when we can’t get the family together as we normally would.
And one of our favourite Easter traditions is the Easter egg hunt. Lent is over and we are ready to have some fun; eat lots of chocolate, play games, laugh and hopefully enjoy some bank holiday sunshine. The Easter egg hunt brings out the child in all of us, no matter what age.
Here we offer some crackin’ ideas for planning an ‘eggstra’-ordinary Easter egg hunt this year to make it one to remember, for the right reasons.
For those who normally host their annual Easter egg hunt in the grandparent’s garden or their holiday cottage garden, worry not - why not host an indoor Easter egg hunt. There are in fact, some super hiding places inside so it can be a super-fun alternative to a garden egg hunt. Here are some funny ideas for hiding eggs: inside toilet rolls, inside the biscuit tin, in the teapot, inside pillowcases on the beds, hidden in a coat pocket. Use signs and clues to give the kids some direction so your home is not turned completely upside down! There are lots of printable ‘indoor Easter egg hunts’ online, which give you arrows to help your little bunnies navigate your indoor egg hunt. Have fun!
For many families, the egg hunt is not just enjoyed by children but adults too - Aunties, Uncles, teenage cousins and, of course, grandparents. This is where a virtual Easter egg hunt is such a lovely way of making sure that no-one feels left out or lonely this Easter. The main idea for a virtual egg hunt involving the whole family or a group of friends is to host it over video call (Zoom or Skype are favourites). To include everyone in the fun, create special eggs with the name of guests written on. When one of these special eggs are found, the finder must read the name aloud and go and find the person on the video call and show the egg. To make it more interactive for the guests, you could add rules for them. Perhaps one guest could shout ‘freeze’, and all the egg-hunters have to stop and do a silly dance. Guests could shout out and help the egg-hunters too. Crackin' fun, we say!
If you normally get together with school-friends for an egg hunt, sync up your schedules, pass your smartphone to the kids and let them carry out your garden egg hunts at the same time as their friends over video call (Zoom or Skype). This way they can share whoops of delight as they each discover hidden eggs and can show off their bounty at the end - just make sure you all have the same number of eggs and similar eggs, to avoid meltdowns! Ready, set, hunt!
If you’re planning a classic Easter egg hunt in your garden, yard or even an indoor one, there are a few ideas to make sure it is a truly memorable one. Colour-coding eggs for each child can help avoid tears and is particularly handy for egg hunts with multiple age groups. To make the egg hunt last longer, rather than just hiding chocolate eggs you can buy plastic eggs that contain a treasure to be discovered inside. For older kids, for an alternative to the traditional ‘hide and seek’ style egg hunt, try an Easter egg hunt with clues (there are lots online that can be printed or adapted for your own hunt). Enjoy some 'egg-cellent' hunting!
For many of us, our neighbours have become our urban families and communities are closer than ever thanks to street WhatsApp groups and community Facebook pages. There have been lots of online social Easter Egg Hunt 2020 With Social Distancing groups set up, which you take part in by decorating your front door, balcony or windows with homemade Easter crafts. Then children can walk around their local community searching for Easter eggs - they take a photo and post them on these community groups. You can take this up a notch by turning it into an Easter Egg Scavenger Hunt. For this, get in touch with your street WhatsApp group and arrange with some neighbours to share pictures of your egg crafts with each other in advance to create your own printout of the eggs for kids to go on the hunt for. You could add your own Easter egg hunt riddle clues to make it even more memorable - "Who has got the biggest egg, go find out but hop on one leg!"