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What makes a great Easter egg hunt? Share your tips and experiences with Cadbury and you could win a £200 Love2Shop voucher NOW CLOSED

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AngelieMumsnet (MNHQ) Mon 15-Feb-16 14:34:03

With Easter falling early this year, we're already planning ahead, and Cadbury are looking to hear Mumsnetters’ experiences of Easter egg hunts.

What do you think makes a great Easter egg hunt? Does your family have any traditions - perhaps you base the event on memories from your own childhood Easters? Do you (or the Easter bunny) put together a treasure map or cryptic clues to help find the hidden eggs - and to make the hunt last more than five minutes! Will there be a star prize - or specific eggs to find, so everyone gets a fair share? How do you add to the eggsitement grin - and more importantly, how can you prevent any arguments or jealousy between the children?!

Whether you’re a fan of traditions or planning an all day eggstravaganza (sorry!), share your egg hunt tips - and your family's favourite Easter experiences - and you will be entered into a prize draw where one MNer will win a £200 Love2Shop voucher.

Please note your comments may be included on Cadbury's pages on MN, their social media channels, and possibly elsewhere, so please only post if you're comfortable with this.

Thanks and good luck,
MNHQ

purplepandas Mon 15-Feb-16 17:46:14

Proper s orbs to the egg hunt. Baskets and eggs hidden all around the garden.

purplepandas Mon 15-Feb-16 17:46:37

Bloody autocorrect. Proper signs.

wonkylegs Mon 15-Feb-16 17:50:19

We do a mass Easter egg hunt every year for all our friends children - we have a Easter themed treasure hunt (harder for each age group, searching for rabbits, chicks, butterflies etc) , a word search (around the garden) and an egg hunt followed by egg & spoon races for adults and children. The main theme is chocolate, lots and lots of chocolate and cake. It's great fun and it's a great day to get all our friends together.
To make sure every kid gets something we set the little kids off first and then the older ones and everybody gets a little goody bag when they go home. We also encourage the bigger ones to help the little ones out. So far the kids have always been really good (although I did have to have words with one rather competitive dad hmm )

FeelingSmurfy Mon 15-Feb-16 18:06:37

Give everyone a different coloured egg so that you can hide according to age and the older ones don't find the easy ones

AddictedtoGreys Mon 15-Feb-16 18:09:40

A treasure hunt map is always fun with clues along the way to the next clue, ending with an egg!

Gazelda Mon 15-Feb-16 18:22:17

My DD is having a sleepover at my sister's the night before (complete co-incidence). I've told her that Uncle Simon will do an Easter Egg hunt for her (he's a bit bah humbug). She's spent today designing a poster and instructions for the hunt, which will make things easier for him! grin

CMOTDibbler Mon 15-Feb-16 18:25:12

I bought a whole load of little plastic eggs in the US a few years ago, and they are great for hiding a mini egg and a slip of paper with a clue to find another

Elledouble Mon 15-Feb-16 18:27:03

Low-level violence. My brother claims it's me who's the violent one, but he's lying. We're all grown up now but mum still has to do a hunt every year. My son will be not quite one come Easter, so he's got a while to learn about the family Easter Egg Hunt tradition wink

lexy444 Mon 15-Feb-16 18:28:57

Has to take place in a garden/outdoors. Mixture of choc and plastic coloured eggs to find...makes the choc discoveries more exciting. Basket or bucket to hold for each child. Let little ones go first to find the easier eggs....

M2676 Mon 15-Feb-16 18:35:50

Treasure hunt with clues is always fun, everyone anticipates to get to the next clue,so much fun n brings the child in all of us...my brothers always cheat to get the biggest amount if eggs.... Miss those times

CopperPan Mon 15-Feb-16 18:44:00

We take snaps of something near the hiding place, then print them off as a clue to lead to the next one.

SoupDragon Mon 15-Feb-16 18:49:21

I've always hidden those little fluffy yellow chicks you can get in pound stores. The children then exchange them for a prize of chocolate eggs so that they all get the same regardless of how many chicks they've found.

Noeuf Mon 15-Feb-16 19:21:16

Make it a scavenger hunt - first one to find everything on their list wins a prize. Otherwise one kid ends up with buckets of eggs and others find nothing.
Range of eggs - middle one, several fun sized ones, one large one so that they can eat a little bit of chocolate at a time.

CheeseAtFourpence Mon 15-Feb-16 19:25:38

With a greedy dog if we a hunt in our garden we use something other than chocolate, be it little chicks or pictures that the kids can swap for eggs.

If we use my parents garden it's chocolate all the way, usually a chocolate rabbit or similar got each child then free for all for the smaller eggs. Adults help the smaller children.

StillNoFuckingEyeDeer Mon 15-Feb-16 19:40:22

We have little eggs hidden around the garden by the Easter bunny. The children go off together with baskets to collect them and then they get shared out at the end. We just have to try to remember how many we put out in the first place.

I look forward to using some of the other posters ideas when the DC are older, but for now we just keep it simple.

Buttons23 Mon 15-Feb-16 20:16:20

For little ones consider hiding other things other than chocolate eggs. Plastic eggs can be opened and hold stickers, small crayons etc. Or hide the chicks and they can be exchanged.

Last year my son dressed up in a bunny outfit (£4.99 Home Bargains) and handed out carrot shaped chocolates to family members. Everyone loved it and we got some really great photos.

Titsalinabumsquash Mon 15-Feb-16 20:50:53

My kids like to find the plastic eggs you can fill, I put the clue for the next one inside with loads of those fluffy chicks.
I do picture clues and harder word ones and the child's name so they all go around together taking turns.

I do house and garden because we haven't a big one of either.

MagicAlwaysLeadsToTrouble Mon 15-Feb-16 20:53:17

We scatter loads of little plastic eggs around the garden, enough for at least 12 per child. The kids have to run around and collect as many as possible and then they are exchanges for a winning egg.

We then rescatter the plastic eggs to keep going.

Ultimately everyone gets the same end result no matter how many of the plastic scattered eggs they actually collect!

allybird1 Mon 15-Feb-16 21:58:52

This year I am going to do a peter rabbit themed easter egg hunt for my dd called Jemima. We are going to turn the back into Mr McGregors garden, with clues hidden in the pretend cabbages, carrots, and beetroots. I was going to put craft items in little watering cans and have wheelbarrow races and egg and spoon. Cant wait. smile

mummylou1982 Mon 15-Feb-16 22:26:02

A great easter Egg hunt to us means all our children get equal amounts to stop squabbling. We but the eggs and treats in sets of three and each child is only allowed one from each set!

Elliecherry Mon 15-Feb-16 22:48:37

We have tones of small chocolate eggs hidden around the garden which anyone can collect. Then we have a couple of named larger ones to find.
It's great as you will get big ones chocolate eggs for sure but there is still competition for smaller ones making it fun. Luckily last year my youngest was too small to get jealous of the oldest so I haven't had to deal with the jealousy yet.

Bostin Tue 16-Feb-16 06:50:57

We do a big hunt with friends and just throw loads of eggs at the situation. That way it doesn't seem to matter if not everyone gets the same. It is often the little ones who seem to get more, they are more single minded.

MakeTeaNotWar Tue 16-Feb-16 07:25:07

We never did this growing up - it just wasn't a thing - so now that I have DC, i am ready to embrace this and make it a new tradition in our house. As long as there is plenty of chocolate, that's a sign of success. If it's raining, we plan to do it round the house.

thisismypassword Tue 16-Feb-16 07:47:38

Cadburys eggs of course. This year I'm going to hide some cadburys caramel and creme egg eggs around the house for my 3 year old to find and share with her family and friends.

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