I started an Easter Scavenger Hunt tradition with my kids on Easter mornings when they were younger. I wanted to give them another fun activity that the elementary-aged kids would also enjoy. Hunting for eggs is fun, but I thought, why not add in another layer to Easter by adding a scavenger hunt? I created a series of little riddles they had to solve which led them around the house, Easter Bunny driven. The notes brought them through the hunt until they found an Easter gift at the end. Today, we still do this fun tradition even though my boys are now all teens. They have a blast!
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Create a Fun Game for Your Kids on Easter Morning
This is a great additional activity for Easter morning that older kids especially will get into when they are past the excitement of just searching for Easter eggs. Though they never seem to tire of doing this to get candy and money (at least mine don’t, even as teenagers!). You can make the clues as hard or as easy as fits your kids’ ages. Sometimes I’ve stumped my kids and they had to work at it, other times they got the clues right away and zoomed off to quickly find the next clue. Either way, it’s been a blast over the years to watch them follow the clues and search!
Whether your kids can read or not, they can follow directions as you read the little notes, or an older sibling does. But if they can read, then you can sit back and watch their fun, or trek around the house with them as they follow the scheme of the clues.
I usually send them all over the house looking because notes are everywhere!
Printable Easter Scavenger Hunt Examples
Here are some templates you can use. Customize it to your own home by changing out the words and/or locations.
I cut the papers into strips so the clues can be hidden in their spots. I got smart and started adding in the black text to guide me as I hid the notes (most of the PDFs below have this). I’ve often needed this direction because in order for it to be a morning event, I generally am doing this late at night when they are in their rooms. I have found the guidance of the text for me is invaluable because then I don’t have to think as hard late at night. Just be sure to toss the direction strips so the kids don’t see them (especially if this is Easter Bunny driven).
I hope you and your kids enjoy this fun activity and that these templates help you easily create your own scavenger hunt. Make it longer or shorter as you desire. For my family, the length of the following hunts tended to be just about the right length for their attention spans.
Easter Scavenger Hunt Prize Ideas
There are so many options for the prize or present at the end. You can give them a gift, money, or even the prize could be their Easter basket. Here are some ideas for gifts to put at the end of the scavenger hunt once they’ve solved all the riddles:
- gaming equipment
- gift card
- food such as candy, beef jerky, chips, their favorite foods
- a voucher for a fun activity
- movie tickets
- sports equipment
- snorkel gear
- outdoor toys
- an outdoor game
- summer toys
- board games
- card games
- new shoes
- a book
- DVD movie
- a video game
- art supplies
- jewelry making kits
- outside chalk
- bubbles for young kids
- a blanket
- a robe
- new water bottle
- swimsuit and towel
- a backpack
Just to name a few here, but the sky is the limit. You just have to be able to hide it so they don’t accidentally see it as they are doing the scavenger hunt. Don’t let the surprise get ruined!
Want more ideas for Easter gifts for teen and tween boys? Check out this list: Easter Gift Ideas for Teen and Tween Boys
And how about these fun silly gift ideas? Your boys will love them! Girls too! 16 Silly Toys for Boys They Will Love
Get Creative with Your Easter Scavenger Hunts!
I have loved getting creative with the hunt over the years and sent them outside or in the garage to seek the next clue. We live in Minnesota, and sometimes we still have snow on Easter, so I’ve at times had the kids go outside in the snow or to the shed in the backyard. This is fun because it adds a layer of challenge for the kids as they have to get boots on and jackets. They are so excited and this builds anticipation. Just for variety, sending them outdoors, or even including clues that send them to look inside the fridge can be extra fun and a fantastic surprise to make them laugh. Tickle their funny bone!
Create poems or rhyming phrases to make it lively and celebratory as well. Your kids won’t ever forget this activity and they will look forward to it every spring.
More Easter Ideas:
Make Easter Jello Eggs and direct a note to the fridge so they can have a fun snack as they do the Easter Scavenger Hunt.
Make an Easter-themed quiche that can cook while the kids do the hunt. Then enjoy it all together as a family after they’ve found their prize at the end.
Coloring Easter eggs is always a great activity for kids on Easter. Even my college student son still will come color an egg or two.
Watch an Easter movie or read an Easter book to young kids. I loved doing this with my kids when they were younger. And we also had the Charlie Brown Easter book that I had as a young kid and my boys always loved to listen to me read it each year. Reading the same books is always a fabulous tradition!
I hope you have a wonderful Easter with your kids. They do grow up way too fast! Remember to savor!
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