We’re going on an Egg Hunt (we’re going to catch a big one)

Easter.

Religious connotations aside, what’s the first thing you think of?

Bunnies and bonnets? Hoppity-skippety lambs and fluffy yellow chicks?

Personally I think of chocolate immediately — but that’s no surprise, given my greedy nature.

Lots of lovely chocolate eggs. And egg hunts.

The boys have been invited to a few egg hunts over the last couple of years and I’ve come to the conclusion that, whilst they’re a fun way to while away a morning, they’re not always weighted fairly for the littlest members of the party.

More often that not all of the chocolate eggs have been located before the toddlers have even grasped what they’re supposed to be doing. Plus, reading egg hunt clues out to two year olds has proved to be somewhat ‘challenging’; cue blank faces and the realisation that they don’t understand the majority of the words your using, let alone unscramble a riddle.

So with this in mind,  I thought I’d share my fail-safe tips for the perfect egg hunt for little (and big) children.

1. Gather together a selection of vessels to collect the ‘treasure’.

Bags, boxes or baskets — you can trawl charity shops for traditional wicker baskets or buy Easter themed bags from places like George at Asda.

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Lamb_Bag2. You’ll also need a selection of eggs in a range of colours; aim for around 5-10 of the same colour. One colour per child or — if you’ve a lot of egg-hunters joining in — per group.

If you fancy getting your craft on, you can paint — or spray — boiled or blown eggs — or white polystyrene ones. Alternatively if you’re lazy or rushed for time (I like to think I fall in the latter category) you can buy egg-sellent pre-coloured plastic eggs.

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3. Decorate the garden with hanging eggs and ribbons and hide the coloured eggs around the garden (or house if you’re planning on doing an indoor hunt).

If you’re feeling particularly generous you can also hide extra treats and spot prizes.

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little_hand_reaching_for_eggJelly_Rabbits_Close_Up4. Explain to your little egg-hunters what they’re supposed to be doing.

Allocate each child with a colour — of if you have lots of kids joining in, split them into teams and give each team a colour — give the starting orders and off they go!

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bertie_egg_collectingCosmo_Egg_Hunting5. When all of the coloured eggs have been found, count them up.

Then give out the prizes!

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My little egg hunters wearing their gorgeous jackets from Joules

By far the easiest — and fairest — way to host an egg-cellent egg hunt.

No need to worry about complicated riddles and rhyming couplets and no upset for any of the participants because someone has found more chocolate than them!

Easy peasy.

And to show just how easy, the boys and I have made a little film to demonstrate.

Happy Easter everyone! :)

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Thanks so much to the kind folk at George at Asda for providing all of the Easter goodies to prop our little photoshoot and film — you can read more about our egg-cellent adventures here — and thanks also to our lovely friends at Joules for the boys’ birthday jackets.

This is a collaborative post but all thoughts, words and images, as ever, are entirely my own.

Caro Davies

Caro Davies art directed fashion and interiors before leaving the world of design to pursue a career in social media. She can now be found chasing the light — and two small twin boys.

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28 Comments

  1. 27th March 2016 / 4:40 pm

    Cute pictures :) We didn’t even try any clues or hiding the eggs with our two year old toddler – I just plopped them on the ground and that was fun enough :) Love the idea of plastic eggs, mine has eaten far too much chocolate today…

    • 28th March 2016 / 2:25 pm

      Aaah we did a similar thing yesterday — just hid them round the house! The coloured eggs work really well when there are lots of children of different ages though. And yep — me too!! I’ve eaten my own body weight in chocolate this weekend!!!! ;)

  2. 29th March 2016 / 11:10 am

    Great tips I’m going to do a little easter egg hunt for Blake next year as he will be a little older and be able to understand a bit more.

    • 29th March 2016 / 9:20 pm

      It’s such a lovely tradition!! We did another on Sunday and hid little chocolate eggs around the house — as the boys have only just turned three — that was just as fun. The coloured eggs work SO well when there’s lots of children though — particularly when there’s kids of different ages :)

  3. 29th March 2016 / 5:08 pm

    Beautiful, such fun! This is what we did :) The kids love it, and I fill the plastic eggs with a few M&Ms, mini eggs or jelly beans!

    • 29th March 2016 / 9:16 pm

      It’s a lovely thing to do, isn’t it? I don’t ever remember doing easter-egg hunts when I was little. The little ones of today have such lovely things to look forward to! :)

  4. 29th March 2016 / 6:45 pm

    It looks like you had an amazing time! Your photos are gorgeous :) We didn’t get round to our egg hunt this year – all the clues and chocolate are still sat in my bureau! xx

    • 29th March 2016 / 9:15 pm

      It was SO fun!! But we did it on SUCH a cold day — the boys were warmer than me, running around finding the treasure — I was blooming FREEZING!!

  5. 29th March 2016 / 8:06 pm

    I have to agree I hate egg hunts where the older ones all grab the treasure before little ones get chance to join in.

    I’m a huge fan of the plastic eggs. I fill with hair bands, bouncy balls etc as there is too much chocolate otherwise.

    • 29th March 2016 / 9:08 pm

      Agree — I’ve been to so many where the big ones have literally sped round and taken all the treasure before the tiny people have any idea what they’re supposed to be doing!! Plastic eggs are the way forward! ;)

  6. 29th March 2016 / 9:33 pm

    What a gorgeous blog post, thank you for sharing your tips. This looks like such a fun activity, I love the plastic eggs! Those Joules raincoats are absolutely adorable too, I want one in big size please!

    Your blog is absolutely gorgeous, i’m following you now! x

  7. 30th March 2016 / 10:17 am

    Aww what a lovely post. It’s funny i was having this conversation with someone yesterday about how the big kids always get to the chocolate first leaving little ones in fits of tears. A delightful way to host an egg hunt, very fair indeed! :)

    • 30th March 2016 / 4:13 pm

      Thanks so much Cydney — yep I agree, I’ve been to so many egg hunts where the little ones have been so upset not to have collected any eggs! Turns into a nightmare rather than a fun thing to do!! ;)

  8. Zoe Forde
    30th March 2016 / 10:40 am

    Looks like so much fun. I may be in my 20s but I am still extremely jealous of how awesome this looks. I never did Easter egg hunts as a child, but it’s something I’m definitely going to organise for my own kids. x

    • 30th March 2016 / 4:04 pm

      Agree!! I didn’t do egg hunts as a child either and I LOVE seeing how excited the littles ones are when they realise what they’re supposed to be doing! :)

  9. 30th March 2016 / 10:41 am

    Dammit! I wished I read this before Easter, it would have save me all the stress I went this Easter. I am bookmarking this page for next Easter. This is definitely the best Easter egg hunt that is fair for all. Thanks for sharng and the photos are amazing.

    • 30th March 2016 / 3:42 pm

      Aah thanks so much Esther — that’s lovely of you to say! xx

  10. 30th March 2016 / 11:01 am

    Aww this looks like so much fun! Beautiful pictures, you can see how much fun everyone had :)

  11. Lilinha
    30th March 2016 / 2:12 pm

    Great tips for planning a Easter egg hunt. I didn’t think about having one colour per child, so thanks for the tip! :)
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    • 4th April 2016 / 11:12 am

      Thanks lovely — a bit greyer than I’d liked, sadly! I was hoping for a blue sky, kind of day, but it was cloudy, grey and FREEZING!!

  12. 1st April 2016 / 7:43 am

    Very sweet pictures and great how-to on doing a successful egg hunt. Lily is just 13 months so we didn’t do one with her this year but we will be doing next year so this is fab (have bookmarked!) X

    • 4th April 2016 / 11:13 am

      Thanks lovely — yes — she’s still a little bit young at the mo but next year will be perfect! :)

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