It’s easy to add even more fun to Easter and your typical Easter Egg hunt by turning it into an Easter Scavenger Hunt! This can make it more fun for older kids too!
You can scroll down to the bottom of the post to get the free printable scavenger hunt clues or continue reading to get more tips and tricks for planning your own Easter Scavenger Hunt this year!
Easter Scavenger Hunt
Turning your egg hunt into a scavenger hunt adds something a little extra to the activity. There are easy ways to plan it. You can replace your usual egg hunt with it or you can combine the two into one celebration!
Why You’ll Love This
- Tradition: Easter scavenger hunts add extra to traditional celebrations.
- Family Time: Organizing a scavenger hunt offers a unique opportunity for families to spend time together having fun.
- Easy to Set Up: With the free printable Easter scavenger hunt clues in this post, you can have your hunt ready to go in minutes!
How Does an Easter Treasure Hunt Work
Many scavenger hunts are set up with a list of items that each person has to find. You can do this for Easter if you want to. The list could include eggs of a certain color, certain kinds of candy, or particular Easter decorations. Then everyone can take their list and go around looking for each item.
Another type of scavenger hunt uses clues. This is the type of hunt that the free printable in this post will help you set up. The hunt starts with one clue that leads to the next clue which leads to another clue. This continues until you reach the last clue! It ends up being like a treasure hunt!
This type of hunt works well in conjunction with the Easter Bunny bringing Easter baskets. You can start the Easter Egg scavenger hunt with the first clue. A fun way to do this would be to hide each of the clue cards in a plastic easter egg! The clues could lead to your children’s Easter baskets!
Or you can place the first clue in their basket to start the hunt! You can have an additional fun prize at the end of the hunt. This would turn it into more of an activity to do together on Easter morning and everyone can work together so it’s great for kids of all ages.
Set Up Your Scavenger Hunt
It’s very easy to set up this hunt and you don’t need very many materials.
- Gather Your Materials: Start by assembling everything you need for the hunt. This includes:
- Create Engaging Clues: The printable clues come with prewritten clues. But it also comes with blank clue cards in case you want to change any of the clues or make up additional clues. This way, you can use this printable year after year!
- Print the Clues: Print out the free clues provided in this post. Cut them into individual cards. Keep them in order as you cut so you don’t mix up the order of the clues.
- Put Clues in Eggs (optional): If you want to put each clue in a plastic egg I suggest that you put them in the egg as you place them (so you don’t get them out of order) or number the eggs in order.
- Place the Clues: Hide the clues in the predetermined locations. Save the first clue to give to your child to start the hunt. Read each clue to see where it leads and then place it. For added fun, place a small treat or Easter egg with each one to reward the hunters as they progress.
- Final Prize: Decide where the final treasure, typically the Easter basket, will be hidden and make sure it is well concealed but within reach for the children.
- Explain the Rules: Before starting, clearly explain the rules to the participants. Outline how to follow the clues and what they can expect upon completion.
- Start the Hunt: Let the kids begin their adventure, keeping an eye on them to ensure they’re safe and enjoying the game. Be ready to offer hints if they get stuck before reaching the final clue!
Easter Basket Scavenger Hunt Ideas
If you’re looking for more ways to plan fun Easter egg hunts, you can do a lot of different things using your egg hunt clues. These are great ideas to keep on hand if you’re planning multiple scavenger hunts this Easter season or want to plan a more challenging scavenger hunt for your kids.
These ideas may take a bit more work than printing the basic clues, but when you’re ready to take it to the next level you can think about some of these fun Easter scavenger hunt ideas:
- Color Coded: Assign a specific color to each child. Hide eggs that match their designated color, with each find leading to the next clue.
- Puzzle Pieces: Each clue leads to a puzzle piece. Once all the pieces are collected, kids can put the puzzle together to reveal the location of their Easter baskets.
- DIY Riddles: Tailor riddles to your child’s age and interest. The answers point to the next location where a clue or egg is hidden.
- Reverse Hunt: Kids start with a small prize that contains a clue leading them to the rest of their Easter goodies hidden around the house or yard.
- Flashlight Fun: Conduct the scavenger hunt at dusk with flashlights. Kids search for reflective tape attached to eggs or clues.
- Memory Game: Kids find pairs of matching Easter cards. Each pair collected holds part of a clue to the final Easter basket bounty.
- Act It Out: Clues require kids to perform a simple action, like hopping like a bunny, before moving on to the next spot.
Free Printable Scavenger Hunt Clue Cards
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I recommend printing these clues on card stock or laminating them for durability, especially if you plan to place them outdoors. If you don’t have a printer at home, consider using a local print shop for a few cents per page.
The printable pack includes all of the cards:
- Cards with prewritten clues
- Blank cards with clipart
- Blank cards
For an extra touch of magic, you can cut the clues into fun shapes or hide them inside plastic eggs. Remember, these clues are designed to add fun to your hunt, effortlessly creating memorable moments for you and your children.
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