|Get your own Easter Egg Scavenger Hunt printable below!|
Back in 2012, Dallin was 4 years old. It was just around the time he really was old enough for some of the fun things holidays can bring. Christmas, just a few months prior, was a little more fun and now Easter had more excitement as well.
At the time, he was really into Blue's Clues. One episode in particular called "The Scavenger Hunt" was his favorite. In that episode Steve and Blue hunt for clues his visiting grandma set up. He is given a backpack and a map. Each clue leads to the next with a riddle. With each found clue, Steve is given a sticker to add to his "map". At the end he is given a gift and everyone celebrates.
As Easter drew closer, I explained to Dallin that we would be doing an Easter egg hunt this year. He was really excited and started telling everyone who would listen about it... only his interpretation was that it was a SCAVENGER hunt, just like in Blue's Clues. This was also the time Dallin was in full frontline treatment for his leukemia. It was a tough time for all of us but especially Dallin, so how was I not suppose to fulfill his idea of what a egg hunt should be!
|Completed Easter 2012 Scavenger Hunt Map (Dallin was 8 months into treatment).|
|Completed Easter 2013 Scavenger Hunt Map. Note the super quick sketches!|
|Just call me Dr. Suess!|
|Easter 2012 reading and finding clues.|
|Easter 2013 reading and finding clues.|
Want to do your own Easter Egg Scavenger Hunt?
What You'll Need
Set of the Easter Egg Scavenger Hunt Printable
Candy and/or small prizes
Backpack or basket
Optional: Camera (to capture the adventure in photo memories)
1.) Print out your own Easter Egg Scavenger Hunt printables. It's my very first printable ever! It includes: 10 pre-written rhyming clues and 5 blank clues, 10 location "stickers" and 5 blank ones, the start and finishing messages and the "sticker map". (You can print out more than one of the blank sheet of clues if you are planning on having more than 15 clues.) Note: These are best printed out on white card stock.
2.) Write any supplemental clues you might wish to add to the hunt. The 10 pre-written clues include the playroom, piano, bathtub, bathroom sink, coat closet, dishwasher, clothes dryer, car trunk, dining table, and refrigerator. In past years I have done 18-20 clues total but 10 clues might be enough for a smaller child.
Here a a few extra clues:
- Vacuum cleaner - This machine is noisy and white, And leaves the carpets clean and bright.
- Front door - When someone visits, they ring the bell or knock, Then we open this door once it's unlocked!
- Mommy and Daddy's bed - This bed is not small. No, not at all. To find the next treat to discover, Make sure to look under the covers.
- Linen closet - This closet has sheets and is small. It's not in a bedroom but in a the hall.
- Couch - You're almost done and filled your pouch. Now go look under the living room ______.
- Backyard Tree - Behind the house is a yard so big. Look up some branches, near a twig.
- Master bedroom closet - This next spot is easy because everyone knows... Where Mommy and Daddy keep all their clothes.
- Child's bed - This place is yours and where you lay your head. It's where you sleep and your stories are read.
3.) Cut out the clues and "stickers". You can discard the answers once they are cut.
4.) Plan out the hunt trajectory. Where should the first clue be and the next and so forth? Where should the final clue be? I usually picked Dallin's bed or under the couch for the final location.
5.) Make the "stickers" sticky. In years past, the "stickers" weren't really stickers. I used poster board cut down to small pieces for the stickers and then used a sharpie to draw a quick representation of each location. The printables I provide this year makes it even easier. Just use a little double sided tape behind each "sticker" but leave the paper-backing on one side. When it is time to stick down the "stickers", just peel off the backing and adhere.
6.) Make small treats for each location. Previously, I have used classic plastic Easter eggs filled with one or two small candies one year. The next year, I ran out of eggs so I supplemented the prizes with candy-filled tulle wraps. I just made a small square out of tulle, filled with a couple piece of candy and sealed it with a tied piece of ribbon. You could also use plain candy with out any fanfare... trust me, the kids wont mind. Or you can leave off the candy all together and just have a bigger prize at the end.
7.) Once your prizes are ready, your clues are printed/written, your route set, it is time to assemble your hunt! Line up all your clues in order out on a table. This would also be a good time to number your clues in proper order. Then place the answer to the riddle's sticker on top of each clue. (Just place it, DO NOT stick it.) For example, the clue that leads to the dishwasher should have the sticker of the dishwasher. Then, leaving the clues where they are, move the stickers down a clue. So now, the dishwasher sticker is on the next clue over. Then paper-clip or lightly tape these new pairings together.
Then start hiding the clues in their respective spots with a prize at each location. The first clue will not have a sticker. This clue is the starter clue. Instead, this clue will have the starter message accompanying it. This is what I gave Dallin to kick things off. I put that clue, starter message and the blank "map" in his backpack. After church (actually while exiting the church), I handed him his backpack and the hunt started. (That's why he is dressed up in the pictures above.) The last sticker will not have a clue. Rather, it will have a congratulatory message and, of course, the final prize!
Let me know if you have any questions. This might seem complicated, but I promise, it is so much fun for everyone!
- Speaking of Scavenger hunts, Dallin and I have gotten into the habit of watching Amazing Race together! The perks of a growing child: having a tv watching buddy!
- Spring has finally and permanently sprung! That was one Winter I am happy to see the back of!
- Last Friday was my husband's last day of the semester! Only one semester to go! Woohoo!!