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Seeing as Easter weekend has finally arrived, we thought that we should do a little Easter themed special about the best way to keep the kids occupied. Forget about sticking on a DVD and leaving them to it, why not try out the old family favourite, the Easter Egg Hunt. They may seem like a bit of a logistical nightmare especially if the whole family is coming round, however we’ve come up with a few hints and tips that should keep everyone happy.
This obviously depends upon the age of the children. If they are a bit older then you can start to think of giving them more cryptic clues, things like riddles and little poems work well and certainly get those mental cogs whirring. Or if the hunt is for younger kids then you could think about using more visual clues, maybe drawing pictures of the locations or just making sure that they are in more easily visible places will make it more accessible, and more fun for them! For when there are a variety of ages it might be worth separating them out so there is a designated area for both the older and the younger groups so that everybody gets a fair shot at finding the eggs and that any little squabbles are avoided.
Of course the obvious choice would be the classic chocolate egg, however we know that it is likely that you’ll already be up to your ears in them over the Easter period and so we’ve had a think to see if we could come up with some alternatives. One option would be to hide some sort of token (maybe some plastic coins or even the little chick shaped decorations that you see in the supermarkets at this time of year) rather than eggs. These can then be exchanged at the end of the hunt for some sort of treat or present, things like colouring books or maybe a little toy always go down well and they also allow you to limit the chocolate intake.
Even though the kids are sure to love the hunt they might get a bit of overkill, especially if they have already done some in school or pre-school so we’ve come up with a couple of ideas to keep them interested. You could always let them turn the tables and hide some eggs for the adults to find with a prize going to the person who thought of the best hiding place. Or you could add in a few extra challenges midway through the hunt, things like a classic egg and spoon race always works well and help to tire out the little tykes.
Hopefully the little ones will enjoy some of our ideas but if you’re thinking of making the hunt extra special why not think about going away and holding it in one of our big cottages, you’re sure to be able to find plenty of nooks and crannies to tuck away those eggs.