14 fun ideas for an indoor Easter egg hunt
It's time to get creative!
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Who said an Easter egg hunt has to take place outside? Whether inclement weather or social distancing are moving your holiday plans inside this year, we have plenty of indoor hunts to keep the holiday fun and festive. Indoor hunts add an immediate excitement to Easter. Kids can jump right into their search from the moment they open their eyes on Easter morning, giving the holiday an excitement and wake-up wonderment to rival Christmas morning.
For an exciting room-to-room hunt, hide eggs in clever spots like fruit bowls, backpacks, shoes, tissue boxes, laundry baskets, and book shelves. Younger kids can follow simple candy or yarn trails set out by the Easter Bunny, while older kids can be challenged by game clues and scavenger hunts all leading to the ultimate grand prize: the Easter basket.
Whatever your reason for being indoors this year, we have indoor egg hunt ideas that are so much fun you may never want to do egg hunts outside again.
1. Alphabet hunt
If your little bunnies are still learning their letters, this is an easy and adorable hunt that is perfect for the pre-readers in your family. Stuff a letter of the alphabet into each of the eggs and send the kiddos on a search until all 26 are found. Aboutamom.com suggests filling some eggs with two or three letters to keep things exciting and to ramp up the anticipation. Hop on over to Aboutamom.com for a free printable of colorful letters that are perfectly sized for egg-filling.
2. Scrambled word hunt
If your kids are well beyond the age of finding excitement in the alphabet, fill a dozen eggs with one or two words each. Once all the eggs are found they can put all the words together to decode a secret message just for them. If your family veers towards sweet, the message can spell out a holiday note of affection. If your family is more of the mischievous sort, you can spell out a riddle they have to crack in order to find their coveted Easter basket.
3. Nursery rhyme clues
This one gets them giggling when you swap out known words in nursery rhymes for places around the house where eggs are hidden. Jack is supposed to jump over a candlestick, but he can also jump over a clothes hamper—which is exactly where their next egg is hidden. Hickory, dickory dock? The mouse is supposed to run up the clock, but what if it ran up the bookshelf, which just so happens to be filled with Easter eggs? Start out by giving your kids their first egg with their first clue and let Mother Goose—with a little bit of editing done by you—do the rest.
4. Treasure map
Argh, matey! An Easter basket certainly is the ultimate springtime treasure hunt. This pirate-inspired spin on hunting for ye colored eggs adds a level of adventure to things. This idea is perfect if you have kids with varying levels of egg-hunting abilities.
Hide eggs by color and make maps for each child showing them where each egg is hidden. It gets them learning map-reading skills and will have them concentrating deeply enough for you to enjoy your holiday mimosa. If you're feeling ambitious, you can sneak some extra learning in there by giving them a compass to find eggs hidden in the north, south, east, and west of your home.
5. Puzzle hunt
There are so many ways to make puzzle pieces work in an egg hunt. It's Always Autumn suggests giving your child a certificate for a bigger prize once the puzzle is completed.
We also like the idea of painting over an old puzzle or buying a blank one that you can decorate yourself, and having the completed puzzle turn into a riddle or a treasure map to lead them to their Easter basket.
6. Scavenger hunt
Flex their problem-solving skills with these adorable, kid-friendly scavenger hunt riddles that lead kids to common areas of any home. You can either put a riddle and some candy in each egg, or make this a game that leads to their basket. For the pre-K set, you can make it visual. Print out pictures of areas in your house and watch them toddle on over to find their next egg.
7. Crack the code
If your kids love riddles, tilt towards STEM and science, and are the types to find all of their Easter eggs in five minutes, this is a great idea for stretching out your egg hunt and making it a bit more challenging.
Start the search by giving them a decoder, like this colorful one by UpliftingMayhem.com, and their first egg. Fill the eggs with scrambled clues that, when decoded, lead them onto the next hidden egg location. Industrious scouts will love the challenge and it'll pace out the steady intake of sugar long enough to possibly put a sugar meltdown on hold for the day.
8. Night hunt
Who says an Easter egg hunt has to take place first thing in the morning? We love the idea of glow-in-the-dark eggs nestled around the home, leading your little ones on a colorful and luminescent search. There are so many fun ways to make glow in the dark eggs. You can fill eggs with mini glow sticks, cover them with glow-in-the-dark stickers, or paint them with glow-in-the-dark craft paint. This video from A Pumpkin and a Princess easily takes you through simple steps to give your eggs that midnight glow.
- Get 50 mini glow sticks at Oriental Trading Co. for $9.99
- Get 615 glow-in-the-dark peel stickers at Amazon for $9.99
- Get Tulip glow-in-the-dark paint at Oriental Trading Co. for $9.99
9. Make it physical
Your kids may not be able to run around outside, but that doesn't mean you can't find a clever way to get them to burn off that sugar high. Hop on over to AliceandLois.com and print out these clever and very physical challenges that kids need to complete in order to move on and find their next egg. After a morning of somersaults and puppy impersonations you might even get them down for an early nap.
10. Blindfolded hunt
Turn your egg hunt into a game of hotter and colder. Wake your scout with a blindfold and a mission that can only be completed by following the sound of your voice. (This will prove that they can really can hear you when you're talking to them.) This one is great for smaller spaces or if you want to keep your egg search to one room. For toddlers, you can fill the eggs with noisy prizes like coins, beads, or jellybeans that you can shake until they find you.
12. Yarn trail
While your kid is asleep, snake a long length of yarn from their bed, around lamps, over the couch, under tables, and anywhere else you can wrap it. Be sure to back-track often to keep kids on their toes! Have them unwind all of the string to find their basket. Use a different colored string for each child.
13. Trade places
Switch things up and let the kids be the Easter Bunny. This is a fun twist for older kids. Let them hide the eggs and leave it up to you to find them. A twist they will love is having them write their chores on a piece of paper and put it in the eggs. Any eggs Mom and Dad don't find are chores the kids don’t have to do!
14. Family truth or dare
It's the moment of truth...or is it? This is another hunt that puts a spin on Easter egg hunting and puts parents in the hot seat—to the delight of their kids. Let kids in on making up the hard questions. Then hide the question-filled eggs around the house. Whoever finds the egg gets to ask anyone in the family to tell them the truth, or submit to a dare.
For little kids who don't want to answer such pressing questions as, "Did you really brush your teeth this morning?" you can give them the dare of having to run in place until they count to 20. For older kids you can make chores hinge on telling the truth.