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As a child, I loved spending Easter at my grandparents' house. My cousins and I would explore their garden hunting for tiny, foil-wrapped eggs. We'd get such a thrill spotting a flash of colour in a bush or a flowerpot, racing to collect the egg before anyone else discovered it! And now my daughter continues the tradition – dashing around the same garden hunting for Easter treasures.

An Easter egg hunt is a brilliant way for your family to spend time together in the fresh air. Here are some of my favourite ideas:

Woodland Easter egg hunt

Woods are cracking places for egg hunts – there are so many nooks and crannies where you can hide your eggs. It's best to choose a small area of woodland with a variety of hiding places.

While the hunters are busy putting on their coats and wellies, one grown-up can head into the woods to start hiding the eggs. Place them near benches or signposts, tuck them in the craggy bark of a tree, or nestle them into a hole in a wall. (It’s a good idea to make a note of where you’ve hidden your eggs so you can find them all.)

You can even challenge your children to try weaving their own twig nests to carry the eggs they find. An egg box or basket would work well too.

If you do an egg hunt in the woods, please remember to take all your eggs and litter home with you to help us protect the natural environment.

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Clues for Easter egg hunts

Older children will enjoy following clues to help them find their eggs. Here are a few simple clues we created.

  • What does the old, oak tree hide? Find the hole in the trunk and peek inside.
  • You don’t need to be very tall to find an egg tucked in the wall.
  • Look for the bench and take a seat, you'll find an egg beside your feet.
  • Do a hop, a skip and a jump! Your next egg is hidden near the tree stump.

You could also make anagrams, get children to complete missing words or create picture clues.

A treasure map is another fun idea. Draw a simple map of the area and mark on it where the eggs are hidden, along with some recognisable features like benches, gates or streams.

Plan a mini egg hunt for tiny tots

For young children, plan a short woodland walk so little legs don’t get tired. One adult can walk slightly ahead, sneakily placing eggs near the path for youngsters to discover. Instead of eggs, you could use some of their favourite teddies or other cuddly toys and enjoy their delight as they meet their furry friends along the way! (Just remember to take them all with you when you go home.)

A never-ending egg hunts works well with young children who get caught up in the excitement of hunting. As your little ones look for eggs, grown-ups must stealthily remove found eggs from the baskets without getting caught. Hide them again and again until youngsters catch on, or tire of the game. It's especially good if you have a small number of eggs or a limited amount of hiding places.

Team challenge

Have a group of children coming on your egg hunt? Then challenge them to a competition! Divide them into two teams with an equal number of eggs in their team colour. Each side must hide their clutch, before racing to find the other team's eggs. The first team to find all their opponents' eggs wins a prize.

How to decorate your eggs

If you're using real eggs for your hunt hard-boil them at home first. Then get your kids involved and get creative – you could dye the eggs, paint patterns on them, or stick leaves and petals on them. Remember to throw them away after your hunt as they won't be safe to eat.

For eggs that can be used year after year, look for oval-shaped rocks to decorate instead.

Younger children might enjoy decorating egg-shaped card – they can colour them with pencils or crayons, or create vibrant finger paintings.

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