6 Creative Easter Egg Hunt Ideas

Kids love those Easter egg hunts. Here are a few creative ideas to help you get inspired this year:

* Have a Scavenger Easter Egg Hunt. Instead of simply hiding the eggs and having the kids rip through the yard to find them, hide them in specific places throughout the house. Plant the first clue in an Easter basket to get them started on their egg-hunting journey. Each plastic egg they find holds another clue.

If you have more than one child, you may want to designate a specific color egg for each child. For their final clue, have them find a small but special gift.

This is especially fun if you have older kids, and, if you’re short on time, you can ask the older kids to create the scavenger hunts for their siblings.

* Give coupons rather than candy. This is particularly good for teenagers. Instead of sugar-laden snacks, give a coupon for a movie rental, special privileges, a date with Mom or Dad, or a new CD from their favorite artist. Hide the coupons in the eggs and they may actually choose to go searching.

* Put money in a couple of the eggs. You can use loose change, but put a few dollars into the mix for even more fun.

* Include Prize eggs. This idea is best when planning an Easter egg hunt for children other than your own family. This might be a neighborhood activity or one for a civic or religious organization. Along with candy, you may want to place coupons to redeem for prizes.  Hide mainly plastic eggs filled with candy and little toys, stickers, or temporary tattoos. Then hide two or three other real eggs which have a number painted on them. When someone finds the real egg, they can exchange it for a prize which corresponds to that number.

* Wait until dark to have your egg hunt! This is particularly fun for older children who can wait awhile. Hand everyone who is searching a flashlight so they can go hunting. You may also be able to find glow-in-the-dark eggs or paint the plastic eggs with glow-in-the-dark paint.

* Have a reverse egg hunt. Instead of the children doing the hunting, have each child hide up to four of their eggs in the house. After they’re hidden, the adults in the family get to see how many of the eggs they can find.

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