This Easter egg hunt (or scavenger hunt) is perfect for toddlers. It is so quick to set up – I literally did it the night before our Easter egg hunt and it turned out great. We did our Easter egg hunt on Good Friday, because my husband works the rest of the weekend.
My daughter is only 2, but this is the second year we’ve done an Easter egg hunt with her. She absolutely loves it and is really good at it. She is a busy little one, so I keep it simple so that it goes by quickly and holds her attention.
This year, we used our wooden eggs that I made. You can find that tutorial below.
We have 20 wooden Easter eggs so that’s how many clues I did, but you can do more or less depending on the age of your toddler and what you think they will enjoy.
My daughter did really well with the clues, especially once they caught her attention. In the future, I plan on making the hunts progressively more complicated based on her development.
Honestly, this activity was fun for me to make and fun for the whole family the day we did it. I keep the clues a secret from my husband, and hide the eggs myself, so he’s surprised too. Next year it will be his turn. Another cool thing about this idea is you can incorporate as many or as few sweets as you want. You could even skip the chocolate all together and opt for little prizes instead.
I incorporated Easter treats and gifts into this hunt. I may do it differently in the future, but that’s what worked for us.
- Printer (I intended to use coloured ink, but realized I only had black, so I used that)
- Cardstock or Paper (I used coloured cardstock)
- Scissors or a Cricut
- String, tape, or ribbon
- Little eggs, chocolates, or little gifts – just something to put the clue with so your little one knows when they find it
- Hole punch (optional)
I made the clues in Cricut Design Space. I made them into little tags to tie around the eggs, but you could also fold them up or tape them on.
I racked my brain trying to come up with clues to use so that my daughter would understand where to look. When we did the hunt she surprised me by having very little difficulty with most of the clues. Sometimes she would need a bit of prompting, but that wasn’t very often.
If you don’t have a cutting machine, don’t worry. I made the clues into a docx file, so you can open them in Microsoft word, edit them if desired, print them, and cut them out with scissors.
To access the docx file from google drive:
- click the link above
- right click on the file
- click download
- save the file to your computer
- open it with Microsoft Word
Step 1 If you’re using the Cricut, open up my design space file. If you’re printing off the docx file, just follow the steps above.
Step 2 Customize the clues to your liking. You want to hide the clues anywhere that is safe and accessible to your little one. I used common areas in my house I knew my daughter could easily find.
Step 3 Cut out the files. If you’re using the Cricut, these files are set up for print then cut. So you’ll have to print them with your printer, put them on a cutting mat and then cut them with the cricut.
If you’re using the docx file you can just print it on your printer and cut it out with scissors. You can use a hole punch to punch out the holes if desired.
Step 4 Assemble the clues with the egg, treat, or toy. I put some string on mine and tied them around my wooden Easter eggs.
You can tie the clues around your Easter eggs, but honestly they don’t stay on very well during transport, so maybe wait to put them on one at a time while hiding them.
This is my Easter Egg Display Stand I designed. Take a look at my free tutorial and make one for yourself.
You could also fold them up and put them into the little plastic eggs that open up with a treat inside, tie them directly to a treat, or even tie them to a little prize. There’s so many different options, just use whatever you typically use for Easter. If you’re setting up the morning of you could even use hard boiled eggs that you decorated.
Step 5 After your little one goes to sleep hide your clues in their designated spots.
I put a basket outside my daughter’s room with the “Happy Easter” sheet that introduces the hunt and gives the first clue inside it. My husband reads her the first clue and goes around with her from clue to clue. I followed along with my other daughter who is 9 months old and take videos and pictures!
Enjoy This Family Tradition!
It’s so cute to watch and is honestly fun for all of us. We also hide treats around the house near the clues so she can find them too and I made it so the last clue led her to where her and her sister’s Easter gifts were hiding, since my other daughter is too young to look herself.
I have plans to make extremely complicated hunts involving codes when they’re much older, to keep the fun going for all of us.
I hope you add this Easter egg hunt to your family’s Easter traditions and customize it to make it your own.
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