5 Unique Easter Hunt Ideas for the Whole Family

We spoke with the Easter Bunny himself to find out how to get everyone in your brood excited about this year’s hunt


Hey, parents—we’ve got the Easter celebration scoop! We recently spoke with the Easter Bunny himself to find out how to get everyone in your brood excited about this year’s hunt. Read on to find out the best ways to celebrate with toddlers, school-agers and big kids—or even the entire block.

Bunny Tracks

Best for: Toddlers and preschoolers

You know she likes sweets, but if your toddler just hasn’t grasped the whole looking-for-eggs-under-the-couch-and-behind-picture-frames thing, this handmade solution will help her navigate her first hunt.

Using the prettiest scrap paper, the Easter Bunny constructs a collection of rabbit footprints: Cut out three small ovals for toes and a medium-sized oval for the foot, and glue these to a larger oval that widens at the front. (The number of footprints needed depends on how long the hunt is, but they should be positioned about a ruler length or so apart.) The tracks are laid out in pairs to create a trail before little hoppers are let loose with a basket to collect their treats.

Tip: If there are any pets that might jumble the trail, non-marking tape will secure the footprints in place.


The Secret Garden

Best for: Toddlers and preschoolers

Even the youngest chick can get in on the fun with this easy Easter trick that will sprout a sweet surprise. The afternoon before, Mom should have her little ones bundle colourful jellybeans in small plastic bags sealed with ribbon and then lead them out to the backyard to find a spot in the garden to plant the magical beans. (The hole doesn’t need to be very deep; just one trowel full, with enough topsoil to cover the bags.) Before children rise the next morning, the buried treasures will be replaced with newly sprouted lollipops. If the weather isn’t ideal or you don’t have space outdoors, indoor pots can be substituted with the same results.

Tip: Parents should remind children that this magical occurrence comes but once a year so they don’t end up with a garden full of un-magical jellybeans.


A Tangled Web

Best for: Ages 5 and up

This spin on the traditional hunt is a wee bit trickier, making it ideal for older kids who have memorized all of the Easter Bunny’s go-to hiding spots. Sneaking quietly into the sleeping children’s rooms the night before, the Easter Bunny ties the end of a spool of wool (using a different colour per kid) around the bottom of each of their beds and weaves it under furniture, around doorknobs, through cupboards and all around the house to create a web-like maze. When the kids wake up, they must follow their coloured strands until they find an Easter bounty hidden at the end.


Getting a Clue

Best for: Ages 5 and up

This scavenger-style hunt is another great option for older kids. It will take them longer to complete and requires more thinking and there’s less mid-hunt snacking. Before the big day the Easter Bunny begins his research, thinking about what clues or tasks to include in the hunt. (Simple math equations that tell kids how many steps to take, inside jokes and funny riddles work well.) Next, the clues are organized in an order that makes sense and numbered. On Easter morning, he’ll lay out the clues in their respective spots, beginning with a bedside note that asks kids to follow the hints to find their reward—and, of course, it’s always signed by the Easter Bunny.

Tip: Typed and printed clues are preferred for legibility and to keep kids off his scent.


Egg Exchange

Best for: All ages

This neighbourhood-wide egg hunt guarantees every kid gets a prize. To begin, the Easter Bunny and a team of helpers collect plastic eggs and arrange them by colour. (Each age group involved in the hunt is assigned a colour.) Numbered pieces of paper are placed in the eggs. Next, the team gathers toys for each age group (gender-neutral toys make the hand-out process simpler for moms and dads) and assigns each toy to a corresponding egg number. The eggs are hidden outdoors (with eggs for younger kids close to the ground and eggs for bigger kids higher up), and the kids go to town, keeping in mind the rules: only pick up the eggs that correspond to their age and only one egg (or amount of your choice) per kid.



Looking for more Easter fun? Check out our Easter Guide for recipes, tips, crafts and more activities.

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