How to Plan an Easter Scavenger Hunt for Kids

Level up your Easter celebration at home with a fun scavenger hunt. These planning tips and free printable scavenger hunt clue ideas make it easy to pull off.

An image of a little boy and his mom on an Easter egg scavenger hunt.
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Here comes Peter Cottontail, hopping down the bunny trail...toward yet another social-distanced holiday at home. But that doesn't mean you can't make it special. An Easter scavenger hunt is a fun way for kids to find their baskets on Easter morning. You can also add a cute clue-filled twist to your traditional Easter egg hunt in the backyard to make it egg-stra special.

No matter which you opt to do, the key to any successful Easter scavenger hunt is to plan ahead. You don't want to be scrambling around on Easter morning trying to come up with scavenger hunt clues, or clever places to hide them! But with a little advance planning, you can be quite the crafty Easter bunny.

You can choose to have your scavenger hunt take place inside or outside, or use a combination of both. The more clues you have, the better! Just remember to take lots of pictures as your kids run from room to room, scrambling to be the first to find the next clue. Here's some simple inspiration.

What You'll Need for an Easter Scavenger Hunt

For an Easter Egg Scavenger Hunt

  • Plastic eggs
  • Small basket or bag to collect clues and eggs in
  • 8-10 clues (pre-printed or handmade)
  • Candy or treats if you'll be filling the eggs

For an Easter Basket Scavenger Hunt

If you'd like to do an Easter basket scavenger hunt, where clues lead the kiddos to their baskets, you won't need anything more than some paper clues—and a filled Easter basket for them to discover at the end, of course! You can also use plastic eggs to hide your clues if you want to mix the two ideas together.

Easter Scavenger Hunt Clues

When it comes to making Easter scavenger hunt clues, you can either find pre-made ones on sites like Pinterest or Etsy, or you can make your own. Either way, ensure your clues are easy enough to be understood but just difficult enough for a good challenge. Consider your kids' ages when putting together your Easter scavenger hunt clues.

Here are a few of our favorite pre-made Easter scavenger hunt clues:

Clues for Preschoolers

"Let's go on a treasure hunt! It will be such fun! Go to the place where you put your shoes when the day's all done! "

Get the clues: Rhyming is the name of the game for kids this age! This adorable clue kicks off the set from the Happiness is Homemade blog that is free to print at home. The cute cards have all the pastels to make it perfectly suited to the Easter holiday and the simple but fun clues lead to places found in every home, like the refrigerator or the car.

Clues for School-Aged Kids

"Look Where You Sleep"

Get the clues: Keep clues simple yet sneaky for kids this age. We love these colorful egg-shaped clues from the Edventures with Kids site. Slightly vague clues allow you to get as creative as you want when it comes to where you hide things and will keep kids entertained a bit longer acting like the bunny sleuths they are.

Clues for Tweens

"These things are quite useful if you wish to eat soup. Use two of them to play tunes. It is not a fork or a knife you are looking for. Find your next clue in a drawer with the…"

Get the clues: Get tweens and teens searching the house high and low with these fill-in-the-blank Easter scavenger hunt clues from the Mum in the Madhouse blog that are just difficult enough to keep them guessing. These fun cards are written as a rhyme so kids will have to figure out the rhyming word in order to determine where to search for the next clue. Then find it of course!

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