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Top tips for an epic easter egg hunt

Keep it fair.

If your hunt involves several children, avoid arguments by colour coding the eggs and letting each child look for a particular colour. Remember to make sure there is an equal number of each colour.

Fun for all ages.

You could also colour code the eggs according to the children’s ages; toddlers hunt for yellow, while older kids search for purple, and adjust the hiding places accordingly. This means you give everyone an equal chance of finding the eggs, and can keep older kids entertained while the youngsters take a little longer.

Alternatives to chocolate.

If there are children who can’t have chocolate, or you’re just worried about the kids having too much sugar, why not fill shop-bought plastic eggs with small toys and other non-edible treats for a bit of variety.

Options for eggs.

If you don’t want to buy plastic eggs to hide, you could make some! Whether you decide to decorate empty or hard boiled egg shells, or you decide to use paper templates, this provides another great Easter activity as you can get the kids to decorate them ready for the hunt.

Don’t forget the baskets.

It’s easy to get carried away thinking of hiding places and buying lots of lovely eggs, but remember the kids will need something to collect them in…a carrier bag will definitely take the shine off your wonderfully planned event!

You could make baskets from cardboard, cereal boxes for example, or buy wicker baskets and again get the kids to decorate to keep them busy in the holidays.

Try something different.

If you have older kids, why not try an after dark Easter egg hunt? Use glow in the dark paint to make sure they still stand a chance of finding the eggs! You could also decorate with fairy lights to make it a bit more magical.

Create clever clues or a treasure map.

Make things more interesting by setting up a proper treasure hunt for the kids. Give each child a copy of a map that leads the way to the eggs. Alternatively think up some intriguing clues and riddles, and see if the kids can work them out – for the younger kids, clues will need to be simple and you will have to read the clues to them.

Get creative with your hiding places.

Of course this will depend on the size of your garden, and what you have in it…but think about hiding eggs in the shed, on the fence, on bikes, in with garden toys, up in trees…the options are endless.

Remember the age and ability of the children taking part, and don’t choose hiding places that are out of safe reach.

Set boundaries.

We want children to have fun, and of course stay safe! So make sure you tell kids where the hunt area ends, and for smaller children consider taping an area off with ribbon so they are not overwhelmed, and have a good chance of finding all the eggs.

Keep count.

It’s worth making a note of how many eggs you’ve hidden and some of the sneaky spots you managed to stash them. You don’t want to be finding a melted chocolate mess a few months later!