Kids of all ages will absolutely love these fun and creative Easter egg hunt ideas, including teens! There are all sorts of suggestions of how to hide your eggs and you will find some ideas of what to fill in them as well.
One of my favorite things about Easter is the egg hunt. Every year when I was younger my parents would hide eggs and us kids would eagerly try to find them all. Back in the day they used real eggs too, so you can image how hard my parents had to work at remembering where all of them were hidden! The last thing we wanted to find weeks later was a hard-boiled egg!
Thinking about how much fun we had, and despite our eggs not even being filled with candy or special treats, makes me come to the conclusion that it really is the thrill of the hunt that makes this such a fun activity for kids. So it doesn’t matter if your eggs are filled with chocolate, money, treats, or even puzzle pieces, kids will adore these Easter egg hunt suggestions.
And while the egg hunt is not the main reason for the holiday, it is a fun tradition to make as part of your celebration for the day. It is just one of the ways we enjoy Easter every year!
Of course you could always go with a classic egg hunt, hiding plastic eggs filled with treats or candy for the kids to find. But I thought it would be fun to come up with a few different alternative egg hunt ideas. Any of these other ideas would be fun on Easter morning, at a church function, or they would make great games at an Easter party. Here are 9 alternative Easter egg hunt ideas perfect for kids and teens.
Find a puzzle that is age-appropriate for your child. Dollar Tree has a ton of great options and the puzzles cost just $1.25 each! Then open the box and put one to a few pieces inside each of your plastic eggs. Kids will collect the pieces as they find the eggs and then have to put together the puzzle, maybe for a bigger prize once it is completed. This version is fun for kids who like to put things together. They will be excited and look forward to finding all of the pieces. If a piece is missing, they know an egg is still out there and they have to keep hunting!
Cut out slips of paper with special rewards written on them. If you need ideas, here is a free non-candy rewards printable for your Easter eggs. There are suggestions for teens as well as younger kids. There is also a blank sheet where you can write in your own rewards!
Any rewards that are found within the Easter eggs are for that particular child to keep and redeem throughout the year. Some ideas include staying up later, skipping chores for the day, going shopping for something new, picking out dinner, and more.
Golden Egg Hunt
This is just like the classic egg hunt but with a catch – you have to find the golden egg to get a bigger prize! You can find assorted packs at Dollar Tree which include different colors of eggs and they also have one or two golden eggs in the pack. Before children hunt out the eggs, be sure to make it clear that they only need to find one golden egg in order to redeem for a bigger prize. They should leave any other golden eggs hidden so that the other kids can find them. You may want to even hide the golden eggs in more challenging spots so that it takes a little extra work to get that big prize.
Hide Easter eggs with clues in them to send the kids around the house looking for a final big prize! It is great fun to go through and read the clues, then hunt for the eggs! You can purchase a premade scavenger hunt in our Etsy shop here or make up your own clues.
This activity is great for a bigger group of kids. After all of the eggs have been hidden, split the children into teams. On your go, the first member on each team will run out to find an egg. Once they have an egg, they run back to their team and tag the next player. That player then runs out to find an egg and comes back to tag another player once they have one. The first team to have each member find an egg or that finds a certain number of eggs for the team (i.e. 15 eggs) is the winner!
Put together a specific list of eggs that each child must find. For instance, your list might say:
Then hide enough of the eggs for each child to collect. Dollar Tree is perfect for buying different kinds of plastic eggs. They have everything from camouflaged eggs to zoo animal-shaped eggs! Once the kids find one egg for each item on their list, they can then trade their eggs in for a bigger prize.
Glow In The Dark Egg Hunt
Purchase clear Easter eggs, then snap and bend glow sticks to fit inside each of the eggs. When it is dark enough for the eggs to glow bright, hide them around either outside or inside. If there is enough room, you could even fill the eggs with candy or treats. Or have the kids find a certain amount in order to redeem for a bigger prize at the end.
Match The Pattern
Similar to the relay race and scavenger hunt, except in this activity kids will be racing to match a pattern of Easter eggs. Set out a particular order you want the kids to bring back eggs, such as pink, blue, green, yellow, yellow, green, blue, pink. Then divide the children into teams. Have the first player of each team run out to find the first egg in the series. If they are having trouble finding a particular egg, they can race back to their team and tag the next player. However, that player must go out and find the correct egg in the sequence, no matter how hard it is to find! Again Dollar Tree is a great place to grab a variety of egg designs for a game like this one.
Unscramble The Eggs
I do love word scramble puzzles so it is fitting to have one as an Easter egg hunt! Come up with a word or phrase that you want the kids to unscramble. It could just be something you want them to know, like “I love you very much!” or it could be the hiding place of a bigger prize, like “Look in the closet”. Use Post-It notes to write a letter on, one for each plastic egg. You might want to write down the number of spaces in each word, making something like a Wheel of Fortune puzzle:
You could also assign one color of Easter egg per child, giving each kiddo their own phrase to unscramble. As they find the eggs and open the Post It notes, they will gather a bunch of letters needed to decode their puzzle.
Still not sure what to fill in your eggs? Here are some non-candy Easter egg filler ideas!
And there you have it! Tons of unique ways to set up your next Easter egg hunt, ideal for kids of all ages including teens! Do you have any other ideas to share? Let us know in the comments below!
If you are having a party or get-together, be sure to check out these Easter printable games as well!