Is there anything more magically pagan-feeling than running around on one of the first days of spring, searching for treasures amongst the just-warm soil, fresh green grass, and newly-budding trees? These 9 fresh twists on an old tradition just might make the day even more magical and memorable...
1. Easter Egg Balloons by Studio DIY for Balloontime
Let kids decorate air- or helium-filled balloons, hide them, and let the hunt begin. This is perfect if any or all of the hunters have allergies that would make actual eggs inappropriate, and finding safe treats difficult or impossible.
2. Piñata Eggs by Tiffany Turner for A Subtle Revelry
Make sure each searcher finds at least one piñata egg so when the hunting ends, the hitting begins. You could also make slightly larger piñata eggs filled with candies, following this tutorial by Oh Happy Day. (Note: I received one of Tiffany Turner's piñata eggs as a gift and it is perfection.)
3. Treat and Treasure Hunt by Oh Joy!
If you're all about the hunt but aren't really on board with the Easter and/or egg aspects, this one is for you. Wrap tiny toys and healthy (or otherwise) treats in awesome wrappers, hide them around the yard or park, and let kids enjoy an ample dose of fresh air and non-denominational fun.
4. Easter Egg Treasure Hunt by Martha Stewart
This hunt relies on riddles and clues that lead clever revelers to their baskets...eventually!
5. The Grown-Up Easter Bunny by Creative Pink Butterfly
You all must have been very good this year because the Easter Bunny has left you booze-filled eggs and bunnified beers. Insert joke about "hops" here!
6. Confetti Egg Game by Oh Happy Day
Fill eggshells with confetti (cascarón), hunt as usual, smash on each other's heads, and the recipient of the gold confetti smash wins a prize— and an awesomely sparkly hairdo for the rest of the day/rest of your life.
7. Post-Hunt Easter Egg Counting Game by Momtastic
After all the running around but before the sugar coma kicks in, have kids practice their counting skill with this cute egg-based activity.
8. Easter Bunny Tracks by Stacy Dove('s mom)
Oversized flour tracks lead kids around the house and/or yard as they search for treats!
9. Easter Egg Hunt Proposal by someone, surely
I'm seeing a lot of "hide an egg with a note that he/she trades in for a prize and that prize turns out to be an engagement ring" or "hide custom puzzle pieces in plastic eggs and when he/she puts them together it's a love poem and a proposal," but what I want to see is an engagement ring in a plastic egg that someone's hidden in a knot of a tree or coming out of a garden gnome's butt. This chocolate Faberge egg tutorial from Instructables gets close, but we can do better. Everyone go and propose via egg and report back!
Kick off your festivities with the excellent Printable Easter Egg Hunt Banner by Studio DIY shown in the first image- and tell us all about your favorite egg-hunting memories, and about your plans for this year!