These Easter egg hunt ideas go from toddler all the way to adult!
It’s tradition, it’s fun, and it’s a Grandma’s chance to shine!
The annual family Easter egg hunt is just around the corner, and Studio 5 Contributor Kelly Lonnecker has eight super simple ways to create a memorable hunt – beyond just the eggs!
Nana’s Amazing Easter Egg Hunt
Ball Pit Hunt
Make the hunt fun and sensory for your little ones by creating an Easter Egg Ball Pit! This is also a great alternative to walking around with a little one trying to collect eggs. To create this hunt, use a foam ball pit or a Rubbermaid tote filled with rice. Fill Easter eggs with snacks (gummies, crackers, cookies) non-choking hazard toys or create a “shaker egg” by filling an egg with rice or beans and gluing shut. Let babies and toddlers find the eggs in the rice or balls and discover the surprises in the eggs.
This hunt is perfect when you have little ones with older kids in the same hunt. Simply tie helium balloons to a number of eggs that become “reserved” for kids under 3. Tell older kids that they aren’t allowed to pick the “balloon eggs”. Rather than have to help the toddlers find each egg, they will automatically gravitate to the balloons. Once they discover a treat awaits at the bottom of the balloon, the hunt is on!! Balloons also add such a fun celebratory décor element to your traditional hunt.
FOR ELEMENTARY-AGED KIDS
This hunt is so much fun! It adds an element of discovery and excitement beyond just finding the eggs! Kids will love not only finding these “frozen eggs” but also breaking them apart to “eggscavate” for treasure! For this hunt, you’ll need easter eggs with 2 holes in the top (most plastic eggs come with holes), non-breakable treasures to hide in each egg (party swag works great!), small hammers and safety glasses for each child. Fill each egg with a prize and water (eggs need two holes in order to be filled-use hot glue to fill any unwanted holes at the bottom of the egg). If you want the prize to be hidden in the center of the egg, freeze water halfway in the egg first, add your prize and add more water until full and freeze again. Once kids find frozen eggs, they can break out their prize using a small hammer and safety glasses.
Create an egg scramble by leaving a message to decode in hidden eggs. Assign each child to find a certain number of a different color or type of egg to find and coordinate an age appropriate puzzle in each child’s eggs. (Suzie might find 10 blue eggs, John might find 7 yellow eggs, etc) Puzzles could lead to a larger basket or prize to be found. For example, for younger kids, eggs might contain individual words such as FIND YOUR BASKET WHERE YOU PUT YOUR DIRTY CLOTHES and they have to sort out the words. Another child might have a picture of where their prize is hidden, cut into puzzle pieces, and they have to put the pieces together to find the location of their prize. For older kids, you could have each egg contain a letter that has to be unscrambled to create a location (D-O-L-L-H-O-U-S-E).
- Geocaching for Easter Eggs:
- Neighborhood photo scavenger hunt
- Matching Egg Face Off
- Lucky Numbers Egg Hunt
Kelly Lonnecker is the Studio 5 Creative Contributor. She has a passion for making all of life’s special moments memorable and beautiful. Kelly loves to celebrate and believes that from invitations to thank you cards, an event can be both simple and stunning!
In addition to finding joy in her creative talents, Kelly has a passion for traveling, being anywhere in nature, watching her garden grow, Friday night movies and adrenaline rushes. Above all her passions and pursuits, Kelly finds joy in her role as wife to an amazing husband and bonus mom to three incredible young adults. She always looks for the beauty in life and loves to create even more beauty in the world.