Easter Eggstravaganza: Ultimate Egg Hunt Ideas for All Ages

Two little girls having fun with Easter eggs in a field
by: Cheryl Cummings | March 31, 2017

The thrill of the hunt is something everyone can enjoy when it comes to brightly colored Easter eggs. From big to small, Easter egg hunts can be played in our backyards, neighborhoods, churches, schools, and even at local resorts. Whether you’re the designated egg-hider, the eager egg searcher, or simply a spectator watching the excitement unfold, there’s fun to be had for all ages.

And in case no one told you, you’re never too old to participate in an egg hunt! We’ve compiled some ultimate egg hunt ideas to get the entire family involved this Easter…


Bunny Trail

For little ones that don’t really understand the concept of looking for hidden eggs just yet, take an easier approach and have them follow the bunny trail!

bunny trail for toddlers on sidewalk with Easter eggs(Photo by Smart School House, located at http://www.smartschoolhouse.com/diy-crafts/easter-bunny-trail/2)

You can use white chalk or even flour to create bunny paw prints that hop along a trail or sidewalk. Scattering eggs all along the trail in plain sight may be easier for your toddler as their attention spans tend to be just as short as they are. Fill their eggs with things they’ll love like yogurt melts, goldfish, graham crackers, or even stickers!

Balloon Eggs

Another great way to help toddlers keep their eye on the prize is the use of helium balloons.

Little girl picking up Easter eggs tied to balloons

(Photo by Celebrations at Home, located at http://celebrationsathomeblog.com/easter-egg-hunt-idea/)

There are few toddlers that can stay away from these magical floating wonders (aka balloons). Tie one balloon to each pre-filled egg (securing it with tape) and watch your little one adorably collect them one by one. If older kids will be playing with regular eggs at the same time, just make sure they know to leave the balloon eggs for the wee-little players.


Finding Nemo and Dory

Your kids may love watching Finding Nemo and Finding Dory. On repeat. Daily. But have they ever tried finding them in real life?

For this ocean-inspired egg hunt, paint multiple eggs blue and green to symbolize the ocean. Then, paint one egg orange with white stripes to represent Nemo and one blue, black and yellow to represent Dory.

If you have time, get creative and cut out little fins from paper or cardboard to make them look more fish-like. Definitely get your kids involved in creating the Nemo and Dory eggs, as that’s half the fun! Don’t worry about trying to make them look perfect – your kids will have fun no matter how they turn out.

When it’s time for the hunt, make sure Nemo and Dory are hidden better than the ocean eggs so that you can remind the kids to “just keep swimming” as they continue to hunt. Whoever collects the most ocean eggs can win candy; but whoever finds Nemo and/or Dory will receive a special prize like a coloring book or toy!


Easter Egg Coupons

“Silly bunny, egg hunts are for kids” – said no pre-teen ever after playing this version!

Easter eggs with coupons in them

(Photo by U Create Crafts, located at http://www.u-createcrafts.com/easter-egg-coupons/)

Do you have a son or daughter who’s on the verge of being a know-it-all teenager and believes they’re too cool to participate in an egg hunt? Well, you’re in luck because there’s one simple trick to make those eggs disappear faster than a toupée in a hurricane. Replace the candy in the eggs with stuff they actually want: COUPONS!

But not just your ordinary Sunday newspaper coupons (although, you could definitely include a few of those as ‘rotten eggs’). Instead, you want to make fun coupons such as:

– Skip one chore of your choice
– Stay up late pass
– One trip to your favorite restaurant
– Get help cleaning your room
– Go somewhere fun with mom
– Go somewhere fun with dad
– Dessert of your choice
– One hour of extended video game/iPhone/etc. time
– Get a new app or song download

You could even include some confetti eggs in the mix to add an extra element of fun!

Confetti Eggs

These eggs won’t be filled with coupons, but their purpose is much more entertaining. Confetti eggs (aka cascarones) are like mini piñatas of awesomeness. These hollowed-out eggs can be filled with confetti, glitter, cereal, bird seed, or basically anything else that’s small enough to fit in an egg.

Purple confetti egg filled with cereal

(Photo by Oh Happy Day, located at http://ohhappyday.com/2011/04/diy-party-confetti-egg-game/)

One lucky egg can be filled with gold glitter for a special prize!

Confetti egg filled with gold glitter

(Photo by Oh Happy Day, located at http://ohhappyday.com/2011/04/diy-party-confetti-egg-game/)

At the end of the egg hunt, there will be a ceremonial smashing of the confetti eggs. Choose whose head you’d like to smash your confetti egg on top of (or smash it on your own head). The hollowed-out eggs break pretty easily, so the smash doesn’t need too much force behind it. The only rule is: no throwing confetti eggs! You don’t want anyone catching an egg in the face.

Confetti eggs being smashed

(Photo by Oh Happy Day, located at http://ohhappyday.com/2011/04/diy-party-confetti-egg-game/)

During the ceremonial smashing, whoever has the gold glitter egg smashed on their head is the grand prize winner! The prize could be an Easter basket filled with yummy candies, chocolate, and a few very special coupons (or whatever you think the participants would like).


Glow-in-the-Dark Eggs

Egg hunts in the daylight are for rookies. Wait for the sun to set and really test your skills with glow-in-the-dark eggs!

Glow-in-the-dark Easter eggs

(Photo by Hip2Save, located at http://hip2save.com/2016/03/22/glow-in-the-dark-easter-eggs-2/)

You can easily make your own by putting glow stick bracelets in semi-transparent plastic eggs. Putting special prizes like $1 or $5 bills in a few and hiding those really well will give the players an extra incentive during the game. Flashlights may be needed if there’s no moonlight outside, or depending on how rugged the terrain is.

You could also take the game indoors by turning off all the lights in your house. Just make sure to put away any easily breakable objects, as the fun can end pretty quickly when someone accidentally knocks over mom’s favorite vase (speaking from personal experience).
While egg hunts are usually every bunny for himself, dividing into color-coded teams where you collect your team’s egg color only can also be lots of fun (and more competitive). Either way, glow-in-the-dark egg hunts will be a guaranteed highLIGHT of any Easter party!


Charge those smartphones, it’s time to egg hunt like a high-tech guru! Geocaching has been picking up popularity in recent years all over the world and, let’s face it, it’s basically just an advanced egg hunt.

Geocache in field with flowers

For those of you that have never heard of geocaching, think of it as a real-world, outdoor treasure hunt using a GPS-enabled device. There are lots of different geocache communities you can join, download coordinates and begin your 21st century egg/cache hunt.

Another tech-friendly Easter option is to create your own audio and video clues for each egg within your hunt. Companies like TINE Tag make it easy for you to order scan tags and stick them on your Easter eggs.

Tine Tag on Easter egg being scanned by smartphone

(Photo by TINE Tag, located at http://www.tinetag.com/)

You can scan each egg and record a clue or video on how to find the next one. During the egg hunt, players will use their smartphones to scan the tag and listen to your video/audio clip with instructions on how to find the next one. The app will notify you when an egg has been scanned so you can keep track of the game from afar. Use your creative juices to come up with an egg hunt that spans your entire neighborhood or even your entire city! Game on.


Give one or all of these egg hunts a whirl this Easter and let us know which one your family and friends loved the most. For even more creative ideas to try this season, check out our list of Spring Party Ideas for Adults and Kids.

Happy hunting!

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6 Responses

  1. Gertie Shoults says:

    Very great and neat ideas. Great for all ages. This year we still have snow outside where I live but the farm big garage (building) will be our savior. Kids had a fun hunt around Grandpa’s farm machinery in other years.

    • Cheryl Cummings says:

      That’s perfect that you have a big building to keep the egg hunt festivities alive – despite the snow! Hope you all had fun, Gertie!

  2. Bonnie Anderson says:

    I just love all these new ideas for egg hunting! I am looking forward to trying some of them with my grandkids this Easter:)

  3. Karen Campbell says:

    Eggcellent ideas!! My kids are older teens, so glow-in-the-dark and geocaching are my favorites! 🙂

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