There are plenty of reasons to move the annual Easter egg hunt inside. You might do it for purposes of social distancing as the COVID-19 pandemic continues. You might like the control or keeping everything in a certain, walled-off space. Or you might not have the outdoor space: As someone who’s lived in a city apartment with no backyard access for more than ten years, indoor Easter egg hunts have been my daughter’s only option.
What I’ve learned in those years is that what you lack in space to conceal eggs in great quantities you have to make up for in innovation, making each one more of a challenge or game to find. But it’s not just city-dwellers like me who should have a stockpile of indoor Easter egg hunt ideas in mind. Even if your planning on having an outdoor Easter egg hunt, one cold or rainy day could move the festivities indoors anyway.
With these indoor Easter egg hunt ideas, you might not want to bother venturing outside at all. Lots of them try to make the hunt just a teeny bit harder, either with clues to follow, puzzles to solve or challenges to overcome to find the eggs. Others involve indoor activities that you can also use as Easter basket goodies even if you do have an outdoor hunt. There are even some ideas for different prizes and Easter gifts for kids, so you’re not constrained by the size of a plastic egg. Happy hunting!
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Instead of leaving a ton of eggs all over every nook and cranny of your apartment, you can carefully hide a few of them, and then offer a trail of clues that’ll help kids find them. It combines the fun of a an egg hunt with the thrill of a scavenger hunt. And, for the design-challenged, you can even buy pre-made clue cards on Etsy.
Make a Bunny Trail
For little ones who might not be able to search all the nooks and crannies by themselves, an indoor “bunny trail” can help keep them on track. Use fun signs to leave some not-so-subtle hints.
Hunt for Things Other Than Eggs
Whether real or plastic, there are only so many things you can do to hide an egg. But with some expertly applied toy block tape and brick eggs, you can stick eggs under tables, on the side of furniture and other places they wouldn’t normally think to look.
Hunt in the Dark
Close the curtains tight — or wait until nighttime — and let the colorful glow guide the little scouts. You can either buy glow-in-the-dark plastic eggs (these are lit by batteries, so you don’t have to worry about charging them in the sun), or you can use DIY glow-in-the-dark dye on real eggs.
Include a Word Search
Hunting for the right letters can be just as thrilling as hunting for eggs, right? If you really want to go the extra mile, you can make your own word search that somehow contains clues to the locations of the hidden eggs. Or, you can download this one and make it one of the found prizes.
Turn It Into a Letter-Hunt
If you want to take the word search idea a step further, you can combine the two and make the eggs into the words themselves — a message that can only be “unscrambled” if you find them all and place them in the right order.
Do It Blindfolded
Make the festivities even harder by adding a blindfold; you can either direct the kids to the eggs “hotter/colder” style, or, if they’re younger, fill them with coins or other noise-making prizes and shake them until your toddlers find you.
Take the sound idea one step further and make the hunt a “sound match” game. Fill pairs of plastic Easter eggs with objects that sound different when you rattle them — bells, Lego bricks or coins, for example — and see if kids can find the matches. (Just watch out, since these small items can be choking hazards.)
Switch up the Prizes
It’s hard to fit good prizes in the small, plastic eggs — and keeping prizes with real eggs is even harder. If you don’t want to use candy or a small piece of junk, consider hiding “points” with each egg — the harder the hiding spot, the more points or tickets — that can be combined for a larger Easter gift. Or get even more creative, and hide “privilege cards” that can be used to get out of chores or get extra treats like more screen-time.
Enlist Fairies to Help
Make these fairy jars as a DIY craft before Easter, and you’ll bring a little of the outdoors inside. Then, the fairies can help the Easter Bunny hide the eggs around the house. If your kids need an extra hint, the votive candles can offer a clue. And, since these don’t scream “Easter,” you can use them afterward for whatever fairy treasures your kids collect. (Or, if you like the idea of using mason jars but aren’t into fairies, you can do the more traditional Easter egg or Easter bunny.)
Color Code It
If your two kids’ ages are such that one has a competitive advantage when it comes to egg-hunting, assign each child a different color egg to find. That way, the toddler can find some easy ones and while the big kid hunts for the harder ones. Or, if they’re close in age, you can assign a certain point value to different colors, depending on how well they’re hidden. At the end, you can see who found the most eggs and who found the hardest eggs.
Turn the Tables
Once they’ve found all the eggs, let them grab a few and hide them on you. They can use the “hotter/colder” method to direct you to their hiding spots. Just promise not to peek!
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