Easter egg hunts - ideas, clues and games for kids

Girl on Easter egg hunt in the woods
Try an egg hunt in the woods this Easter! (Photo: Julie Howden/WTML.)

Some of my fondest childhood memories are of Easter at my grandparents' house. My cousins and I loved exploring their garden for tiny, foil-wrapped eggs. We'd get such a thrill spotting a flash of colour in a bush or a flowerpot, then racing to collect the egg before anyone else discovered it! And now I enjoy watching my own daughter dash 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 our favourite ideas:

Woodland egg hunt

Woods are cracking places for an Easter egg hunt – there are so many nooks and crannies where you can hide your eggs. Choose a small area of woodland with a variety of hiding places. Search our map to find a wood near you.

While the hunters are busy putting on their coats and wellies, one grown-up can head into the woods to hide 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. (Don’t forget to keep a list of the places where you’ve hidden your eggs so you can find them all.)

Kids could also try weaving their own twig nests to carry the eggs they find. An egg box or basket would work well too.

Easter eggs in a twig nest
Make a nest out of twigs. (Photo: Danielle Wesley/WTML.)

Clues for Easter egg hunts

Older children will enjoy following clues to help them find their eggs. Place a clue with each egg, so every time they find one they find the next clue too.

Here are a few simple clues we came up with. You could also make anagrams, get them to complete a missing word, or create picture clues.

  • 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.
  • Find the bench and take a seat, you'll find an egg beside your feet.
  • Do a hop, skip and a jump! Your next egg is hidden near the tree stump.

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, it might be easier to use your garden or a corner of the local park for your egg hunt. Or you could plan a short woodland walk, with one adult walking slightly ahead and sneakily placing eggs near the path for kids 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!

Cuddly toy bunny with Easter eggs
Use cuddly toys, such as this cute Easter bunny, to set a trail for little ones. (Photo: Danielle Wesley/WTML.)

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!

The never-ending egg hunt

This works especially well with young children who get caught up in the excitement of hunting. As the kids 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 great if you have a small number of eggs or a limited amount of hiding places.

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 be used year after year, look for oval-shaped rocks to decorate instead.

Younger children might also enjoy decorating egg-shaped card - use tissue paper to make a collage, colour them with pencils or crayons, or create vibrant finger paintings.

Painted Easter egg rocks
Paint rocks to look like Easter eggs! (Photo: Danielle Wesley/WTML.)

More Easter adventures

Check out our events page for organised egg hunts and other Easter events at our woods around the UK.

Our egg box scavenger hunt is a fun way to reuse old egg boxes, or you can try to find all the spring items in our Easter hunt. If you're looking to keep the kids occupied on a rainy day, try our scrambled eggs puzzle - it's a real brainteaser!

We’d love to hear all about your Easter adventures. Tell us about them in the comments below, on our Facebook page, or on Instagram and Twitter using #NatureDetectives.

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