Easter egg hunts are a beloved tradition for many families, both within the UK and overseas. While participating in a community activity in a local park or centre is always fun, many often forget that it’s just as easy to organise an enjoyable hunt in the comfort of your own home.
To help you pull off the perfect at-home Easter extravaganza, here are some top tips from our friendly estate team in Holmfirth…
Choose a variety of hiding spots
Varying hiding spots will make or break a successful Easter egg hunt. So be sure to get creative — consider hiding goodies under couch cushions, on bookshelves, or even outside in the garden. Just make sure to keep track of each location, so you don't forget the whereabouts of your treats!
Create age-appropriate hunts
If you're hosting an Easter egg hunt for children of different ages, make sure to create separate egg hunts to cater for each demographic. Younger children may have a harder time finding eggs, for example, so it’s important to make these hiding spots easier. For older children, challenge is all part-and-parcel of the fun, so you’ll want to think outside the box.
Personalise your eggs
Some people opt for the real deal with chocolate eggs, whereas others use store-bought plastic eggs — whatever you choose, make it personal. While it’s convenient to scatter around ready-made treats, nothing says ‘charm’ quite like a bespoke addition. You could either include a ‘grand prize’ to round-up the search, and include something more unique, or hand-paint eggs as a family before the activity.
Add another element of mystery
For older children or adults, consider adding a scavenger hunt element to your Easter egg hunt. Use clues or riddles to lead participants to the next egg hiding spot, if you’re keen to ramp up excitement and add an extra layer of challenge to the event.
Plan for bad weather
If you're planning something more outdoorsy, be sure to have a backup plan in case of bad weather. In true British fashion, the forecast isn’t always accurate, so consider how you could hold the hunt indoors, if the garden is off the cards for some reason.
Prepare for dietary requirements
Having alternative treats on hand to cater for participants with allergies or specific dietary requirements is key. Instead of candy-filled eggs, consider hiding small toys or stickers. Or if someone has a dairy intolerance, ensure you’re armed with dairy-free chocolate options. Particularly if you don’t know requirements ahead of the event, it’s worth labeling each egg with its contents too.
Keep safety in mind
Make sure to keep safety in mind when planning your Easter egg hunt — not least if you’re hosting for other people’s children. Avoid hiding eggs in dangerous or hard-to-reach spots, and make sure participants are supervised at all times. To avoid any choking hazards, it’s a good idea to make sure plastic eggs are securely closed, and small objects out of harm's way.
Make it a team effort
The more, the merrier! Easter egg hunts are far more fun with friends and family, so consider inviting people over and making it a team effort. Have each participant take turns hiding and finding eggs, or split into teams to see who can find the most eggs.