Kids and adults will absolutely love these fun and creative Easter egg hunt ideas! There are tons of great Easter egg hunts and filling ideas for Easter eggs! Tons of unique ways to set up an Easter egg hunt for kids or an Easter egg hunt for adults!
Creative Easter Egg Hunt Ideas
One of my favorite things about Easter is the Easter morning egg hunt. Every year my parents would make us kids go upstairs while they hid plastic eggs all over the house filled with candy and sometimes even money.
While the Easter egg hunt is definitely not the purpose of Easter, it’s still a fun tradition that I’ll be continuing with my sons this year and something I’ll be doing for my husband as well!
Just one of the few annual Easter activities we do every year!!
I thought it would be fun to come up with some creative alternatives to the typical Easter egg hunts to put a little twist on one of my favorite traditions. A number of these would also make fun Easter party games as well!
Easter Egg Hunt Ideas for All Ages
If you want something to do other than an Easter egg hunt, make sure to check out this printable Easter games bundle, perfect for kids or adults!
#1 – Skip the Candy Easter Egg Hunt
Have kids fill Easter Eggs with slips of paper that have reasonable rewards (stay up for an extra 15 minutes, lunch date with mom) for them rather than candy/toys. Hide the eggs and the eggs that the kids find are the rewards that they get.
If you need ideas for rewards, I’ve got some printable reward options for both kids and teens here!
You could also just do this in addition to the typical candy eggs. And if you’re sticking with the no-candy theme but still want to put things in eggs – check out this huge list of Easter egg filler ideas!
#2 – Easter Egg Eggstravaganza
Fill each of the eggs with a slip of paper with a silly task such as sing “Itsy Bity Spider,” name three fruits that are red, or do a handstand. This is an Easter egg hunt so make them fun.
If you need task ideas, any of the tasks in this Halloween trick or treat tree game would work great!
When the finder finds an egg, they can bring it back to you and do the task. After they’ve done the task, they can either pick out a piece of candy or a toy or give them coins or tickets that they can turn in for something bigger at the end of the hunt. Any of these Easter surprises would make great prizes!
If you want to do something like this for older kids, put different numbers of points on the tasks. So say one egg might have a task that is name ten states and their capitols that is worth 10 points and another egg might have sing I’m a little teapot worth 5 points.
Keep track of points to “buy” something at the end of the hunt.
#3 – Easter Egg Treasure Hunt
Write clues that send your kids around the house searching for the next location where they’ll find a clue (e.g., Run really fast, use your legs, this is where we keep the eggs). Or if you don’t have time to write them, here’s a printable treasure hunt you can use instead!
Hide the clues in eggs and put a number on each of the eggs so they don’t accidentally skip an egg in their searching. Have the clues lead to a bigger prize at the end, one for each kid, or one that everyone can share.
Or skip the egg part of it and just do this Easter scavenger hunt instead!
#4 – Golden Ticket Easter Egg Hunt
Have a Willy Wonka themed Easter Egg hunt by hiding a golden ticket for each of your kids in one egg, so if you have three kids you would have three eggs with golden tickets inside. Tell your kids that they can only find one golden ticket.
You can download some free printable golden tickets here!
If your kids aren’t the “open as I find it” kind of kids, you can also put a golden star or something on the outside of the egg so they know when they find a golden ticket egg.
Once they find a golden ticket, they can immediately (or after the hunt is over) trade it in for a bigger prize.
One word of warning – I highly recommend if you’re going to do this with kids that you put one per person. We went to an Easter hunt where there was one golden egg for the entire group of kids.
I had to deal with a sobbing child who no longer wanted to hunt for Easter eggs because he saw the golden egg first but was beat to it by a girl a few years older. It was an absolute mess. Easter egg hunts are made to be fun, not build character.
You could also use the golden egg later for this fun Easter dice game.
Easter Egg Hunt Ideas for Teens
The first idea on this list works great for teens if you use the teen rewards I have here! Other than that, these other ideas would work well too!
#5 – Easter Egg Relay Race
Split your kids into teams. When you say go, have the first kid from each team go search for an egg. Once they’ve found an egg, they come back and tag the next teammate who has to go find an egg.
Repeat until one team has found a specified number of eggs (e.g., 20) as a team.
You can also do this with younger kids, just make sure they understand that they can only find one egg and come back!
#6 – Easter Egg Scavenger Hunt
Put together a list of eggs that the kids have to find such as a striped egg, an egg with green Jelly beans, an egg with a quarter inside, etc. Or just use this free printable Easter egg scavenger hunt!
Once the kids have found each item on their list, they can trade it in for a big gift (e.g., movie, toy, gift card, $10).
This is a great way to still let kids search for a lot of eggs without a candy overload.
#7 – Choose Your Own Easter Egg Adventure Hunt
Similar to the Easter Egg Treasure Hunt mentioned above, write clues that send your kids around the house searching for the next clue. The only difference is that for this treasure hunt, you are going to put two eggs with two different clues in each location.
Kids can open both eggs but will have to choose which one to follow. Or if you have two kids, they could choose two different pathways completely.
So for example, one egg might lead them to the microwave while the other might lead them to the bathtub.
This is a little more complicated to put together but so fun for kids to have a choice. It’s kind of like one of those choose your own adventure books from back in the day! You can use these Easter scavenger hunt clues to get you started.
#8 – Reverse the Roles Easter Egg Hunt
Reverse the roles this year and have the kids fill the Easter eggs with things that they want written on slips of paper (like stay up for an extra hour, skip chores for a day, etc.).
Once all of the eggs are filled, have the kids hide the eggs and have parents try to find them. Any eggs that are not found in a certain time limit are the ones that kids get to keep.
#9 – Scrambled Easter Egg Hunt
Pick out some bigger prizes (like any of these) and print out the names of those prizes on a sheet of paper (e.g., Movie Night) with each prize printed in a different color egg.
Cut out each of the letters from the prizes and put one letter in each egg that you hide.
Make a poster with matching colored blank spaces for each letter in each prize (kind of like I did in this advice graduation game) so that kids know how many letters are in each prize.
Have kids search for the eggs until they’ve found all of the letters for a particular color and then have them unscramble the letters to win the prize.
You can either let them find all of the words or just win the first 2-3.
You could also do this with puzzle pieces and have them find the pieces to put together the puzzle instead of unscrambling letters. And have the prize on the back, like I did for this DIY Christmas gift.
#10 – Perfect Patterns Egg Hunt
Before the race, buy eggs in particular patterns or designs and colors (e.g., striped, pink polka dotted, glittery) then hide the eggs and come up with a pattern to use for the game.
So for instance, you might say you have to find eggs in the order of the colors in a rainbow (red, orange, yellow, blue, green, violet). Or they have to find striped, solid, striped, solid, etc.
Every time they find an egg, they have to bring the egg back then go search again for the next egg in the pattern.
Once they’ve found all of the eggs in the correct pattern, they are rewarded with a bigger prize.
Easter Egg Hunt Ideas for Adults
Easter egg hunts don’t have to be just for the kids! Try one of these awesome Easter egg hunt ideas for adults for a little more fun for the adults this year! This could even be something you do after the kids are in bed or while they’re enjoying the candy from their hunt!
- Golden Ticket Winner – Do the golden ticket Easter egg hunt I mentioned above and only the person who finds the golden ticket wins a bigger prize.
- Gold confetti game – Speaking of gold, this confetti egg game would be hilarious! Fill some eggs with confetti and one with gold sequins. Find egg and smash them on each other – the one who finds the gold one wins. Get the full instructions here.
- Adult Friendly Fillers – Fill Easter eggs with money, lotto tickets, or other things adults would want to find! Obviously this might be a bit expensive, so only hide a few per person!
- Glow in the Dark – Do a glow in the dark Easter egg hunt. This could work for kids or adults!
- Spouse Easter Egg Hunt – Try this Easter egg hunt for your spouse activity to lead them to an Easter basket full of their favorite things!
Easter Egg Hunt FAQs
Plan a day and a time that you’ll do the hunt. A little before that time, hide plastic Easter eggs full of treats and prizes. When you’re ready for the hunt to begin, explain the rules or guidelines of the hunt to everyone then let everyone hunt for any eggs they can find!
There are so many ways to make an Easter egg hunt more fun – try switching up what goes in the eggs, try one of the Easter egg scavenger hunts explained in this post, try hunting in teams, doing relays, or making the hunt a bit more challenging by assigning people to particular colors or patterns! Get creative with different Easter egg hunt ideas!
While my family typically does our Easter egg hunt on Easter Sunday, communities typically do it on the Saturday before Easter or one of the weekends leading up to Easter. Do your Easter egg hunt when it works best for you!
The number of eggs you’ll need depends on how many people will be hunting and how many eggs you want them to find. I typically like to hide between 15-20 eggs for each kid if there are less than 10 kids searching. More than that, and I drop it down to 10 eggs per child.
You can put all sorts of things in Easter eggs that are not candy. Put rewards like extra screen time and skipping chores, little prizes or trinkets, money, coupons for things, or even tokens to trade up for a larger prize in an Easter egg store.
After your Easter egg hunt, try out one of these fun Easter games! They’re all printable and ready to play!
More Easter Activities
If you liked these Easter egg hunts, you’ll love these other fun Easter activities!
- Easter dice game – grab some Easter eggs filled with treats (or money for teens and adults), a pair of dice, and get rolling! The entire family will love this fun game!
- Easter candy bingo – classic bingo with a sweet twist! Instead of drawing numbers or pictures, draw candy!
- Easter bingo – an adorable version of everyone’s favorite bingo game with Easter images! Great for all ages!