12 cracking Easter egg hunt ideas for 2021

Easter egg hunt

If you're looking to give your family's Easter egg hunt a bit of an upgrade, Mumsnet users have a few tricks up their sleeve. From eggs-travagant treasure maps to egg-cellent hiding places, get creative with one of these fun and easy Easter egg hunt ideas.

1. Get crafty with your Easter egg basket

easter egg basket

Decorating baskets can extend the fun of an Easter egg hunt and it's a fun way to get creative if it gets rainy. You can keep things simple with a splash of paint, or be extra creative with ribbons, stickers and shredded coloured paper.

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

Buy now: Easter egg hunt wicker basket, £3.99

Related: Great craft ideas for toddlers

2. When it comes to hiding places, think outside the box

rambling garden

If you have a garden (or even a large balcony), find every nook and cranny you might need to create the perfect Easter egg hunt.

“My dad and stepmother put on an Easter egg hunt every year for their six grandchildren (excluding this year, of course). What makes it good is they have a great garden – really rambling, with lots of pots, nooks and crannies. They tuck eggs into trees, on top of walls etc and it always takes a good while to find everything.”

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

easter egg hunt clues

Hide clues to aid or extend the egg hunt. You can make this as easy or hard as you like – depending on the age of the children competing, or just how long you want it to take.

“Some sort of maze and a task sheet that gives you clues. Don't make it too easy either, it is nice to have a bit of a challenge. Also have several prizes, not just one big one.”

4. Rewards instead of prizes

plastic easter eggs

If you're trying to avoid plastic, or just want to make sure your children enjoy the simple pleasures of life, try filling Easter eggs with rewards, rather than material prizes. Include cards with things like “stay up 30 minutes past bedtime”, “extra time with Mum and Dad” or “extra piece of pudding”.

5. Invest in a few props

easter hunt sign

Props add a bit of life to your Easter egg hunt, making it as exciting as possible and getting any children into the mindset.

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

Buy now: Easter egg hunt signs, £14.99

Buy now: 10m bunting, £11.99

6. Technology to keep teens entertained

child on phone

If you're after a more technologically advanced Easter egg hunt, try setting up QR codes that need to be scanned for clues with a big prize at the end rather than lots of little ones. Put a QR code in each egg which contains a clue to the location of the next egg, and then a big prize right at the end.

7. Swap the great outdoors with indoor fun

glow in the dark paint

Children all like different things, and we all know some that would much prefer an afternoon of crafts rather than one in the garden. You can set up crafts at home instead of an Easter egg hunt if you're organising activities for children that way inclined. You can make hampers, baskets, garlands and trees – or go for the classic choice of egg decorating.

Related: How to make an Easter bonnet

8. Chocolate isn't the only option

plastic eggs

If your children have allergies, or you're just avoiding too much sugar, you can always pop other small treats inside the eggs. Hair clips, toy cars, keyrings or magnets would all work. Of course, be aware of any choking hazards for younger children.

“My daughter still remembers the time when the Easter Bunny left plastic eggs with hair clips inside of them. She was two!”

Buy now: 36 plastic eggs, £10.99

9. Hunting in the dark

garden at night

To make things extra exciting for the children (and the adults), you can take the hunt out after dark. Paint the eggs with glow in the dark paint, grab some glow sticks and hang some glow in the dark decorations for an Easter egg hunt with a twist.

Buy now: 100 pack glow sticks, £7.99

10. Make sure no one is left behind

chocolate eggs

There are loads of ways to make sure everyone is included – as well different size eggs, you can hide some in much easier places than others, or some higher up for the older (or maybe just taller) children to reach.

“Lots of different sized eggs and different varieties keeps it exciting for all the kids. The bigger ones are easier for little kids to find and the smaller ones are more of a challenge. I can't wait!”

Buy now: 100 solid milk chocolate eggs, £8.89

Related: Need an Easter recipe? This easy roast lamb should serve you well

11. Use printables to take some of the stress off

woman printing

The internet is packed with printables to make setting up an Easter egg hunt a stress-free experience. You can download clues, directions, decorations, tips and even prize coupons to put inside the egg.

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

boy doing egg hunt

We all know sometimes small children can get strangely competitive – crying when you lose anyone? It's important to keep spirits up and make sure it's about having fun rather than winning.

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