With Easter Sunday just a few days away, you have no doubt begun to scour your home and garden for appropriate Easter Egg hiding places.
Every year as your children get older, and more experience at finding your hidey holes, you need to come up with new and ingenious ways to disguise the chocolate.
We’re here to help with some suggestions you may not yet have deployed in your family’s history of Easter egg hunts.
1. Hide Clues Not Eggs
It’s looking like a rainy few days coming up so it’s not going to be a great idea to hide your Easter eggs out in the garden – unless your kids like them wet and soggy. But you may find successfully hiding them in the house a little too tricky. The solution? Don’t hide the eggs, take them hostage instead. Lock them up in a box (you can just use a cardboard box with a bike padlock), and plant a number of clues around the house and garden that will lead your children to the location of the key / passcode for the lock.
2. Plastic Egg Treasure Hunt
If you want to get them outside, scatter plastic eggs around the garden and tell the children they can only have their eggs once they’ve hunted them all down. Use different coloured eggs for each child so the game isn’t spoiled by one over-enthusiastic finder.
3. Hiding places in the bedroom
There are plenty of places to hide an Easter egg in a child’s bedroom. Here are a few suggestions: - Suspended over the back of the door – children will quickly look behind a door, but they’ll likely only look down at the carpet. If you can loop some string around the box and suspend it over the back of the door, with the other end of the string tied to the door handle it will be a while before they find it up there. - Buried in clothing drawers - Snuggled in with all the soft toys. - On the bookshelf – particularly effective on an orderly bookshelf where the box lines up neatly with the other books.
4. Hiding Places Downstairs
If your children share a bedroom, or perhaps you’d just prefer to spread them out around your house for the egg hunt, there are a good number of hiding places to be found downstairs. - In the washing machine and tumble dryer – just make sure nobody turns them on. - In the hoods of coats hanging up – nobody thinks to look up high. - On bookshelves. - Around the back of the TV, so long as it can be accessed easily without tripping over wires. - On the seats of chairs pushed under the dining table.
5. Hiding Places In The Garden
If you have sheltered, dry places like a playhouse, you could hide all the Easter Eggs in one spot and plant clues around the garden leading to them. Otherwise pop out early in the morning when the children are still sleeping (if it’s not raining) and hide them all around the garden. Make sure you stand each egg box on something waterproof or they will suck the moisture out of the ground and be ruined. On top of the climbing frame, on swing seats, at the top of the slide and on the trampoline are all places that can be dried off and used to hide Easter eggs.
With the Easter Holidays under-way, you’ll be needing more inspriation for outdoor play (like the rhyme?), so check out the rest of the Wicken Toys blog.