Let’s not forget who is hopping into town soon... Yep! It’s the Easter Bunny. Now is the best time to start preparing for an Easter egg hunt in your backyard.
Here is your guide to creating an ‘eggciting’ trail of chocolate goodness to help make this year’s Easter celebrations packed full of fun. A delicious scavenger hunt for the kids - and the adults - to enjoy!
When (and where) should I plan an Easter egg hunt?
The best place and time to host your Easter egg hunt is in your very own backyard in the early or late morning. However, if you don’t have a backyard you could host an Easter egg hunt in your home, or in your street and get all the neighbours involved.
When throwing a surprise Easter egg hunt for your kids, it would be best to lay out your chocolate scavenger hunt before the little ones wake up. You could set it up the evening before, however, it would probably be best to wait until early morning so all the night time critters or bad weather don’t ruin your chocolate treats. Also. keep in mind if you have pets, they may go for your treats. So host your hunt in a safe, no pet-wandering zone!
What do I need to create my own Easter egg hunt?
It is really up to you on what you want to use to set up your Easter egg hunt. You can do something simple, or go all out by including lots of amazing trail decorations.
The main supplies you will need are: Chocolate Easter eggs (preferably wrapped, as non-wrapped chocolate eggs would not be very hygienic for the outdoors), trail signs that might say for example ‘this way’, ‘a bunny has been here’, ‘follow the trail’, and a bucket, basket or treat bags for collecting the Easter eggs.
DIY Easter egg hunt ideas
You don’t have to use your whole Easter budget on decorating your hunt trail. There are so many DIY options you can explore:
Lead the way with decorations: Set your trail in line with a fabric or paper doily party garland to help lead the way to the Easter eggs.
Free Easter egg hunt printables: There are so many wonderful free Easter egg hunt printables available online, that you can use to turn into trail signs. All you need to do is print them out and attach them to kebab skewers and place them into the ground or inside flower pots around the backyard.
Upstyle your Easter baskets: Decorate baskets with ribbons and paint, or make your own.
Tips, tricks and hiding places
For a backyard Easter egg hunt, you're welcome to hide your eggs on the ground, however, my tip would be to hide them in places where the eggs can be protected from dirt or nasties.
Some great hiding spot ideas can be on top of rocks, in a veggie patch, a garden bed, sitting among the branches and leaves of a bush, or on an easy-to-reach treetop. The most exciting places are where you may not think to look, or might need to make a little effort to poke around.
If you are setting one up for kids of different ages, keep in mind to place the eggs in obvious spots around the yard as you don’t want anyone getting upset because they can’t find the eggs. Keeping a few eggs on you to sneak into collection buckets or to casually drop near where little ones are searching will keep everyone happy.
If there are some adults playing, you can be more creative to make it a bit more challenging and fun. I remember doing a family Easter egg hunt a few years ago and weeks later it was a thrill to be still finding some of the well-hidden chocolate eggs!
See more DIY and craft ideas on Jenna's blog or her YouTube channel.