10 cracking Easter egg hunt ideas

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If you're looking to give your family's Easter egg hunt a bit of an upgrade, Mumsnetters have a few tricks up their sleeve. From eggs-travagant treasure maps to egg-cellent hiding places, your egg hunt is guaranteed to be the hottest ticket in town.

All those years watching Art Attack are about to come in handy

easter egg basket

“We get the kids to decorate their own baskets for the egg hunt, which they love.”

When it comes to hiding places, think outside the box

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“Ours get taped under tables, hidden up coat sleeves etc. It's great fun coming up with ideas!”

And be ready with some eggs-tra clues, just in case

digging

“Make a rough map or take a photo on your phone to show you where you've hidden them in case not all are claimed and you need to offer additional clues.”

Leave the dog unsupervised at your own peril

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“Put the dog in a separate place prior to and during the hunt. Otherwise there will be no eggs, and dog poo – accentuated by sparkly tin foil – throughout the garden for days.”

And invest in a few props to make it as exciting as possible

easter egg sign

“A couple of years ago I got some fab little signs for the Easter egg hunt with 'this way' and 'that way' on them.”

Take the day to a whole new level with a treasure map

treasure map

“A treasure hunt map is always fun – with clues leading you to the next one and ending with an egg!”

“We take snaps of something near the hiding place, then print them off as clues.”

And most importantly, make sure no one is left behind

one for all

“Make it a scavenger hunt: first one to find everything on their list wins a prize. Otherwise one kid always ends up with buckets of eggs and the others find nothing.”

“Give everyone a different coloured egg to hunt, so that you can hide them according to age (and the older ones don't find all the easy ones).”

“We 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).”

Don't be afraid to venture further afield

adventure

“Our tradition is to do as many National Trust egg hunts as possible. We love solving the clues as a family, getting out in the fresh air and exploring the properties.

Now's the time to get snap-happy

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“Take a photo of the children at the start of the egg hunt, and then again at the end with their beautiful, smiley, chocolatey faces and full baskets. We started capturing these moments as soon as our children were old enough to walk, and the oldest is now 10.”

And remind them, it's the taking part that counts

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“The fun is in the hunting NOT the hoarding – that's what I say!”