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Easter Egg Hunt Ideas

Nothing says Easter like an egg hunt outdoors.

Young children are easily pleased by brightly coloured foil eggs placed around the garden for them to discover.

But older children need more of a challenge to have fun, and by the age of five or six, they have probably rumbled the Easter Bunny's favourite hiding places.

Freshen up your traditional Easter Sunday with these top egg hunt ideas.

Nighttime Easter Egg Hunt For this you will need a dozen or more plastic eggs that open out and can be filled. In each egg put a small glow stick, then hide around the garden. Hold your egg hunt once it gets dark. This adds a touch of magic to Easter Sunday not least because the anticipation will build all day and the children are being allowed out after dark.

Rainbow Hunt To stop the egg hunt turning into a free for all, where the older children quickly find all the eggs and the little ones are left disappointed, limit the number of eggs each person should be hunting for. If you are using larger eggs then ask each child to find one egg to represent each colour of the rainbow. If you are using small foil wrapped eggs, you could make a rainbow chart for each child with a gap for each egg to be found.

LEGO Hunt Not all children are crazy about chocolate. If you are looking for a sugar free Easter treat, this might be the perfect hunt for you. Take a LEGO set and split it up into a dozen small food bags, then fill plastic eggs with a bag each.

Word Puzzle If you give a large present or Easter egg but you want your children to enjoy the magic of a hunt, replace little eggs with brightly coloured letters. When your child has discovered all the letters they need to rearrange them to work out what their present is, or where it is hidden.

Jigsaw Puzzle Another fun way of revealing a larger gift is to take a photo of it, cut the picture into smaller jigsaw pieces and laminate each piece. Then hide the pieces around the garden for the children to find and piece together.

Small Sweet Treats If your child prefers sweets to chocolate, use jelly beans as their treat. They look like tiny, brightly coloured eggs. They look especially effective if nestled in the bottom of a marshmallow crispy nest cake, or in a wafer ice cream cone or brandy snap basket.

Sporting Challenges If you're bored of the traditional Easter egg hunt, try some egg-inspired sporting events instead. Give your children a set of challenges they need to complete before they are allowed their chocolate treats. An egg and spoon race is the obvious choice, and egg blowing and decoration is a great idea too.

Rituals and traditions help create childhood memories, so start a routine this year of an epic outdoor Easter event filled with fun games, treats and outdoor play.

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