Easter scavenger hunts are a long standing tradition in our family. Each year, the kids wake up to find an Easter egg for each of them, with their first scavenger hunt clue inside. The next hour is a whirlwind of activity as kids are racing back and forth, looking for their next clue, solving puzzles, and asking for hints. When they finally find their Easter baskets full of goodies, their sense of accomplishment is almost as great as their excitement for their candy and prizes.
After numerous Easter scavenger hunts, I have come up with a 5 suggestions on how to make them more fun, challenging, and memorable.
If you know the child’s interests, you can make that a part of the clue (this is easy for your own kids, but sometimes you might be including friends, cousins, etc.). If they like Minecraft, you could put the egg with your baking supplies and say “This is where Steve would craft a cake at our house”. For an Avengers fan you could hide the egg in the tool box and say “This is where Thor would keep his hammer if he lived here”.
In addition to their favorite characters, you can also personalize the clues according to the child’s interests. For a baseball buff you can use the locations of alternate kinds of gloves and plates. You could send an artist to places where you keep the hair brushes, wall paint, and printer paper.
So consider spending a few extra minutes brainstorming what the child likes, and work that into your clues. The result will be even bigger smiles on Easter day.
Most scavenger hunt clues either reference where the next egg is, or the function of the hiding spot (like how a oven cooks the food). But there are other ways to give hints. Consider the following attributes when writing your clues:
These types of clues will make your hunters think differently, and it will be even more rewarding for them when they figure it out.
There is nothing wrong with having an egg hidden in the microwave or washing machine, but consider mixing things up with a few oddball locations. Depending on how your house or apartment is set up, here are a few possibilities:
Even if you don’t use any of the above locations, hopefully the list will help you to brainstorm other creative spots to stash your clues!
If you have an older child who has their own phone, work that into the scavenger hunt! I recommend using YouTube videos as part of your clues. If an egg is hidden in the mailbox, find a YouTube video that says the word mailbox at a certain point (maybe an old Blues Clues episode?) and give the URL and the minute/second for that part of the video. Or to make it more challenging, combine clues from a few videos together, like DOWN + STAIRS + FRIDGE.
You could also put a number into their clue, link to an article online, and hint that they need to count the words. The location of their next egg could be written in that article at a certain number of words in.
Kids love running, so make the physical locations of their clues as far apart as possible. We try to go from upstairs to downstairs, and inside to outside, with each passing clue. This makes it feel like more of a hunt. We have even worked with our neighbors to hide clues outside of their house, so the kids will have to go even further. And the look on their face when they realize the clue is at someone else’s house is priceless.
For older kids, you can have them physically have to open things to find their clue (like the wall vent suggestion in a previous section). We had a teenager in one of our scavenger hunts who was really good with computers, so I actually opened up my desktop computer case with a screwdriver, and stashed the egg at the bottom (away from all of the fans and cords). He still talks about that one!
The common theme among all of these suggestions is to get creative and do the unexpected. There is a world of difference between a scavenger hunt that is hastily thrown together, and one that has a little more thought put into it. Spend some extra time on it, and make it really special!