Abby Slutsky enjoys brainstorming unique ways to celebrate holidays.
Children love running around collecting surprise-filled eggs for Easter. Whether you are looking for ideas for a healthy Easter egg hunt or want to let your children enjoy a traditional Easter egg hunt with chocolate and candy, you may want to give them some direction when it comes to finding the eggs this year so family members from multiple households remain socially-distant as they enjoy the activity.
Assign each child a specific plastic egg color and tell them to collect only eggs that are that color. This will allow you to hide multiple eggs in the same place and ensure that every child gets the same number of eggs. If desired, give each child a small bag or basket with an attached ribbon that is the color of their Easter eggs. This will make it easy for them to remember what color they should collect. Clues are provided below for both indoor and outdoor scavenger hunts.
Looking to avoid all the chocolate and sugar this year? Consider filling plastic eggs with healthy alternatives like homemade coupons or healthy snacks.
How to Order and Assign the Clues
Although all children will get the same clues, each child should start with a different clue so that they can stay socially distanced and don't visit the same areas at the same time. Here's a quick and easy way to set each child up with a unique clue sequence to prevent children from getting too close to each other or near the same eggs at the same time.
- Print multiple clue sheets.
- Cut the clues into strips and number them.
- The easiest way to give children clues in a different order is to move each clue one space forward and move the top clue to the bottom of the list. The first child should be given the list as-is, but the second child’s list should start with the second clue. The first clue will appear as the last for that child. By proceeding in this manner, you will be able to create ordered lists with ease.
- You may wish to staple the numbered clues in order or paste them in order on a piece of construction paper for each child. If desired, give each child their clues on a piece of construction paper that indicates what color eggs they should be collecting. Alternatively, you can attach a ribbon of the appropriate color to each child's bag or basket as mentioned above.
Outdoor Scavenger Hunt Clues
Near the front porch, where you wipe your feet,
You may find an Easter egg treat.
Hide under or near the front mat
Under an outdoor chair,
Look carefully around there.
Hide under chairs.
In the garage, near a rake or hoe,
Is it something? I don't know.
Hide anywhere near these items.
It hangs upon a lovely a branch, you know,
Where feathered friends love to go.
Hide in birdhouse if you have one.
Below the deck; look carefully
You'll never guess what you might see.
Hide under deck.
Where are the balls you like to store?
Look to see if there’s something more.
Hide in bin, box, or area where you keep balls.
A box with a flag is where you’ll find,
Easter eggs of a certain kind.
Hide in mailbox.
Is there a large rock in the back?
Check it to maybe find a snack.
Hide near large rock.
I’m a short, green blanket that takes some care,
Some stick a sign in me "Dog, Beware."
Hide in yard.
Look under a can that leaves once a week,
And you may find the perfect treat.
Hide near trashcan.
It’s gear that will protect your head,
But something else is inside instead.
Hide in bike or sports helmet.
Some are red and some have a door,
You can pull it along the floor.
Hide in wagon.
Indoor Scavenger Hunt Clues
The smallest wastecan may be clean,
Look in it to see what you haven't seen.
Hide inside clean wastebin.
A decorative bowl; what does it fit?
Oh, possibly eggs; could that be it?
Hide in bowl.
In the guest closet are there eggs to be found?
Go open it, and look around.
Hide in bag on hanger, on floor, or anywhere else that seems appropriate.
After the Hunt
If desired, you can set up an area where each child can look over their egg stash while social-distancing. You can set up a long table with chairs positioned apart or spread out blankets so each family can sit with their children separately to look over the eggs and their contents. Whatever you decide, an Easter egg hunt with clues will make for a fun, safe, and socially-distant Easter activity and a memorable holiday.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
© 2021 Abby Slutsky
Abby Slutsky (author) from America on January 28, 2021:
Thanks so much for reading.
Abby Slutsky (author) from America on January 27, 2021:
Thank you for reading.
Denise McGill from Fresno CA on January 27, 2021:
Very clever. I'm terrible at poems so this is a big help for people like me. My kids loved scavenger hunts.
Abby Slutsky (author) from America on January 26, 2021:
Thanks so much for reading.
Sp Greaney from Ireland on January 26, 2021:
This is a really good idea especially with the way things are going to be this Easter. Your clues suggestions for the easter egg hunt are really good too.