10 eggcellent Easter egg hunt ideas

Looking to take your family's annual egg hunt to the next level? Mumsnetters share their top tips

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1. Crank up the excitement with some pre-event crafts

"We get the kids to decorate their own baskets for the egg hunt - which they love."

2. Think outside the eggbox when it comes to hiding places

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

3. Keep track of where you hide everything 

"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."

4. Pets and egg hunts are not a good combo

"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."

5. Invest in props with a little longevity 

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

6. Get clued-up

"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."

7. Learn the ways to even the field 

"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)."

8. Try a change of location

"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."

9. Make sure you capture the moment

"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."

10. And remind them, it's the taking part that counts. Yeah right

Boy collecting Easter eggs

"The fun is in the hunting NOT the hoarding - that's what I say!"


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