27 Oct Easter Egg Hunt
It can never be said too many times: Stay at home!!!
The home that we are talking about? Well, it can take on many shapes and sizes. Whether it is a little apartment, a big apartment, a town house, or a house with a garden, we will have an Easter egg hunt no matter what it takes!!!
Obviously, a house with a garden is ideal (in normal times as well as lockdown-times). For those who are lucky enough to have a garden, the Easter egg hunt will be as usual, apart from the cousins wont be there this year (they aren’t very confinement-friendly!) However, if you are, like I am, confined in an apartment without even a terrace or a balcony to provide fresh air, Easter might look a bit different this year! And that is where things start to get interesting… How will we celebrate Easter under confinement?
This year for Easter, I have made a treasure hunt (Step by Step HERE): a treasure hunt for EGGS! It is adaptable for little ones of all ages (obviously the harder clues will have to be left out for the little 3 year old), the idea being that it occupies them, young and old, for at least an hour! Trust me, I have gone all out with this.
To start, let’s get one thing straight! This is not your ordinary treasure hunt, this is war! Each time a clue is solved, you pass to the next one. Since it is Easter, we can add a chocolate egg in each clue or even hide each clue inside a chocolate egg. However you swish to organize it, at the end there is the treasure! The golden rabbit!
To begin with we give to the participants a map (adults as well as little ones since it is confinement so you wont have any friends around!)(only families with lots of little ones are allowed to eliminate a parent from the hunt). I will let you choose what format you want the map to be in, be it a drawing, a print out, some photos stuck on a piece of paper…In short it is a map of the place where the treasure hunt will take place.
Next, ask the participants (your family is what I am talking about but participants helps us get into the competitive spirit!) to make a mark on the map wherever they find a clue! They can also time themselves and indicate on the map how long it took them for each stage…
So now for the clues. They can take on many forms, a bit like us! They can be hard or easy, kind or demonic. But whatever happens; they have to be adapted to the age of the participants and to be well prepared in advance, simply because if not it takes a long time! Don’t forget to:
1- number your clues
2-note on a piece of paper where all the clues are hidden
3-make another note of which clue is in which place or you will get lost!
Some advice on hiding spots: the best places are those which you would not expect, the washing machine, the sock drawer, in a vase, in a flower bed, on the coat stand; in the DVD player, in the toilet paper, in the cat food, in a packet of pasta…
So now lets get to the core of the subject: the clues! There are 1000s of ways to come up with clues and lots of sites to help you do so. Here I have put some examples that I think are the best! Don’t hesitate to vary it a bit! If with all of this effort your little ones still don’t fall in love with quarantine life, there is no more that you can do!
*The enigma puzzle: it suffices to take a photo of the place where the clue is hidden and cut it into little pieces. The little ones then have to glue the pieces back together to solve the mystery! If you don’t have a printer, I have faith in your drawing abilities !!
*Indication clue: a very vague clue along the lines of “the next clue is in the living room”. This is the alpha of all clues, a bit tricky!
*Père Fouras enigma clue: “It wakes us up every morning, without ever making any noise…what is it?” The sun!!!! Well done!!! Here is the link to some great ones!
*Riddle: this type of clue is tortuous “an eskimo would feel at home here”…its the freezer of course!
*Rebus clue: there are generators online for this type of clue!! It’s great. I spent an whole day of confinement on it…
*Mirror text: it suffices to write little messages backwards and to give your little ones a clue which resembles this one “not only does it reflect you, it helps you do your hair, brush your teeth, but today it can help you a lot in understanding this clue!”
*Substitution alphabet: with numbers, symbols, colors or images representing each letter. Make an alternative version of the alphabet so your little one can decode the clue
*Missing object: Choose around ten images, or you can alternatively write their names in a grid, from three or four categories. For example: person/fruit/vegetable/architecture. Have your little ones ask you questions to which the answers can only be yes or no. Eliminate the images one by one. At the end there should only be one left. That is where the clue is hidden! For example; if the clue is a banana then it is hidden in the fruit bowl!
*Charades: you already know this one! there is a generator here to help you if you cannot come up with something
*Anagrams: are when you mess up the order of the letters. You have to move around the letters in a rod or an entire phrase and it is up to your little one to unjumble them. I know, demonic!!
*Inverted text: for every letter in a word add another one eg. SREATBHBILTP = RABBIT
Off you go! That is all the clues. You can now get comfortable on your sofa: getting warmer….getting colder….
PS: another ingenious way you can hide your clues is in these surprise eggs! it takes a bit of work but its very pretty and very Easter appropriate!
PS2: Attention! hide the final treasure in a spot where there is no other treasure! it would be annoying to stumble across the golden rabbit when you’re only looking for a kinder egg!
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