10 Fun and Creative Easter Egg Hunt Ideas

Here are 10 creative ideas to make your Easter Egg Hunt extra fun. Beautifully designed free printables are included to make preparations a breeze.

Bible: Matthew 28:1-10; Mark 16:1-11; Luke 24:1-12; John 20:1-18; 1 Corinthians 15:3-8

Ages: 6 and above

Group Size: 4 or more

Supplies: Plastic Easter Eggs (about 10 per player), Small Toys/Trinkets, Candy, Prizes, Basket or Bag for Each Player, Various Printables – Download Below

Fun and Creative Easter Egg Hunt Ideas

Easter Egg Hunt Essentials

Before your guests arrive:
1. Prepare the Easter eggs (about 10 eggs per player)
2. Hide the Easter eggs

On the day of your Easter Egg Hunt:
3. Gather everyone together
4. Explain the objectives and rules
5. Give each player a basket or bag
6. Let’s go!
7. Award prizes (optional)

By creatively tweaking the objectives, rules and even contents of the Easter eggs, we can make each hunt different and even more fun! 10 Fun and Creative Easter Egg Hunt Ideas are provided below.

1 Silly Easter Egg Hunt

In the Silly Easter Egg Hunt, players must perform the silly actions specified in each Easter egg they find.

Prepare the Easter eggs (about 10 eggs per player):
Download, print and cut up the egg-shaped Silly Easter Egg Hunt Cards.

Silly Easter Egg Hunt Cards
Each set contains 10 cards, enough for 1 player. Print as many copies as you need.
Place one card in each plastic Easter egg, in addition to the usual candy and/or small toy.

Objective:
Find as many Easter eggs as possible within the given time.

Rules:
There is one silly action card in each egg. For each egg that you find, you must keep doing that silly action until you find your next egg:

• Walk like a robot
• Cry like a baby
• Walk on tippy toes
• Give yourself a big hug
• Rub your tummy and pat your head
• Dance
• Stick out your tongue and touch your nose with your finger
• Clap your hands
• Hop on one leg
• Skip

Example: If the first egg you find says “Walk like a robot”, you must keep walking like a robot until you find your next egg, and so forth.

Award prizes for:
Player who finds the most Easter eggs
“Silliest” player
Best “robot” / “baby” / etc.

Variation for Cooperative Play:
Play in the same way as above except that everyone must work as a team to find all the hidden eggs within a given time. The person who finds the last egg must round everyone up, and if the last egg says, “Cry like a baby”, everyone must cry like a baby until they reach the game master.

2 Animals Easter Egg Hunt

The Animals Easter Egg Hunt is very similar to the Silly Easter Egg Hunt above, but with animal actions. In this hunt, players must perform the animal actions specified in each Easter egg they find.

Prepare the Easter eggs (about 10 eggs per player):
Download, print and cut up the egg-shaped Animals Easter Egg Hunt Cards. (All these animals lay eggs.)

Animals Easter Egg Hunt Cards
Each set contains 10 cards, enough for 1 player. Print as many copies as you need.
Place one card in each plastic Easter egg, in addition to the usual candy and/or small toy.

Objective:
Find as many Easter eggs as possible within the given time.

Rules:
There is one animal action card hidden in each egg. For each egg that you find, you must keep doing that animal action until you find your next egg:

• Walk and cluck like a chicken
• Hop and croak like a frog
• Swim like a fish
• Pretend your arms are the mouth of an alligator
• Fly gracefully like a butterfly
• Flick your tongue and hiss like a snake
• Waddle and quack like a duck
• Walk sideways like a crab
• Flap your arms like a bird
• Fly and buzz like a bee

Example: If the first egg that you find says “Walk and cluck like a chicken”, you must keep walking and clucking like a chicken until you find your next egg, and so forth.

Award prizes for:
Player who finds the most Easter eggs
Most sporting player
Best “chicken”, “frog”, etc.

Variation for Cooperative Play:
Play in the same way as above except that everyone must work as a team to find all the hidden eggs within a given time. The person who finds the last egg must round everyone up, and if the last egg says, “Hop and croak like a frog”, everyone must hop and croak like a frog to the game master.

3 Secret Code Easter Egg Hunt

Each player has a Secret Coded Message, which they must decipher with the help of 26 Decoder Cards hidden in Easter eggs (1 letter of the alphabet per egg).

Secret Code Easter Egg Hunt Single MessageSecret Code Easter Egg Hunt Decoder Cards

Prepare the Easter eggs:
Download, print and cut up the 26 egg-shaped Decoder Cards.

Secret Code Easter Egg Hunt Decoder Cards
Each card decodes one letter of the alphabet.
Place one Decoder Card in each plastic Easter egg. Do not put any toy or candy in the eggs.
If your playing area is small, 1 set of these 26 eggs is enough.
But if your playing area is large, we suggest preparing 2 or more sets of these eggs.

Prepare the Secret Messages:
Download and print the Secret Code Easter Egg Hunt Messages.

Secret Code Easter Egg Hunt Messages
Each set contains 12 unique Secret Messages, which together, tell the Biblical story of Easter Sunday found in Matthew 28:1-10. If you have more than 12 players, print additional copies.
Players must decode their Secret Message with the help of the Decoder Cards hidden in the Easter eggs.

Decoded Messages:
You may want to download and print the Decoded Messages.

Secret Code Easter Egg Hunt Decoded Messages

Additional supplies:
Pen/pencil for each player.
Small gifts for players (since the Easter eggs do not contain any toys or candy).

Objective:
Be the first player to decode your Secret Message.

Rules:
When you find an Easter egg, open it to look at the Decoder Card inside the egg and check against your own Secret Message. Then put the Decoder Card back inside the egg and put the egg back where you found it.
Players must not keep any Decoder Cards or Easter eggs.

Award prizes for:
First player to decode their Secret Message.

Variation for Cooperative Play:
Instead of giving each player one unique Secret Message, place all 12 Secret Messages all on a table.
Players work as a team to hunt for Easter eggs and place all the Decoder Cards on the same table.
Decode the secret messages within the given time.

4 Loony Lines Easter Egg Hunt

This is a combination of an Easter egg hunt and a word game. Players race to find 10 Easter eggs, each containing 10 words. They must then use these 100 words to form wacky sentences. Prizes will be awarded for the most sentences formed, the longest sentence and the looniest line.

Loony Line Example

Prepare the Easter eggs (about 10 eggs per player):
Download, print and cut up the Loony Lines Easter Egg Hunt Cards.
We suggest printing these on cards.

Loony Lines Easter Egg Hunt Cards
Each set contains 790 words and is enough for 7-8 players (You will need 10 words per Easter egg).
If you have more players, you can play in teams or print additional copies.

Mix up the cards thoroughly.
Place 10 cards in each plastic Easter egg.

Objective:
Look for 10 Easter eggs.
Using the words found in these eggs, make as many wacky sentences as possible within the given time.

Rules:
Each player can only pick up a maximum of 10 Easter eggs.
Each word card can only be used once.

Award prizes for:
The first player to find 10 Easter eggs
Player who made the most sentences
Player who made the longest sentence
Player who made the looniest line

Adult Easter Egg Hunts

The Loony Lines Easter Egg Hunt is really great for youths and adults. Click here to see more Easter Egg Hunt Ideas for Adults.

5 Mix and Match Easter Egg Hunt

Mismatched Easter eggs are hidden, with each mismatched egg containing a candy of a different color.
Example of a mismatched egg: half pink, half blue, containing green candy.

Mix and Match Easter Egg Hunt Mismatched Egg
Players must race to find Easter eggs to make 6 perfectly matched eggs and candy.
Example: blue egg with blue candy.
Mix and Match Easter Egg Hunt Matched Egg

Prepare the Easter eggs:
If you have 6 different colored eggs, you will need 6 different types of candy that match the colors of your eggs.
Alternatively wrap candy in 6 different colored crepe paper that match the colors of the eggs.
Prepare the Easter eggs by mixing up the halves of plastic eggs and colored candy.
Example: the egg can be half pink, half blue and containing a green candy.

Objective:
Be the first player to make 6 perfectly matched Easter eggs and candy.
Example: blue Easter egg with blue candy.

Rules:
Each player can only pick up a maximum of 10 Easter eggs.
If you already have 10 eggs but need more eggs to make 6 perfectly matched Easter eggs, you must leave 1 of your eggs (together with the candy) in place of the egg you find next.
To win, you can have duplicate colored eggs as long as they are perfectly matched.

Award prizes for:
First player who makes 6 perfectly matched Easter eggs and candy.

6 Water Balloon Easter Egg Hunt

Combine the fun of an Easter Egg Hunt and a game of water balloon volleyball.
First have an Easter Egg Hunt using water balloons as Easter eggs. When all the Easter eggs (i.e. water balloons) have been found, play a game of water balloon volleyball with these water balloons
.

Water Balloon Easter Egg Hunt

Additional Supplies:
Water balloons (as Easter eggs).
Volleyball net or string.
Ensure that all players have an extra change of clothes.

Prepare the “Easter eggs” (water balloons):
Fill the small water balloons with water.
(as many as you like, we suggest about 10 per player)

Round 1 – Water Balloon Easter Egg Hunt
Divide all players into 2 teams of roughly equal number and strength.
Find as many water balloons as you can for your team!
The water balloons your team finds in this round will be used in Round 2.

Round 2 – Water Balloon Volleyball
Preparation:
Use a volleyball net or a string to divide the playing field in two halves.

Objective:
Burst water balloons on your opponent’s half of the playing field.

Rules:
Each team stays on either side of the net or string, with their water balloons at the back of their half.

On “go”, players run to pick up one water balloon at a time to toss over the net or string into their opponent’s half. You cannot throw water balloons under the net or string. At the same time, players try to catch water balloons thrown over by their opponents.

Each team can decide on their own game strategy. For instance, designating some players to be throwers, others to be catchers.

Balloons that did not burst and those that were caught without bursting can be thrown back into the opponent’s half. Balloons the have burst cannot be picked up.

Keep on tossing and catching until all the water balloons have burst.

The team with the fewest burst water balloons on their half of the playing field wins.

Depending on the number of water balloons you have prepared and the number of players, you may play just 1 round of Water Balloon Volleyball with all your water balloons, or divide the water balloons up to play over several rounds.

Award sharable prizes for:
The winning team
The runners-up

7 Scrambled Easter Egg Hunt

This is a combination of an Easter egg hunt and a word unscrambler game. Players first race to find 10 Easter eggs, each containing 1 letter of the alphabet. They must then unscramble those letters to form as many words as possible.

Prepare the Easter eggs:
Download, print and cut up the egg-shaped Scrambled Easter Egg Hunt Cards.

Scrambled Easter Egg Hunt Cards
Each set contains 100 cards, enough for about 10 players. Print additional copies if you need more cards.
Place one card in each plastic Easter egg, in addition to the usual small toy and/or candy.

Additional supplies:
Pen/pencil and paper for each player.

Objective:
Find 10 Easter eggs and form as many words as possible from the letters they contain.

Rules:
Each player can only pick up a maximum of 10 Easter eggs.

Award prizes for:
The first player to find 10 Easter eggs
Player who made the most words
Player who made the longest word

Variation for Older Players:
Only allow words with 3 letters or more.
Award more points for longer words.
Example: 3 points for each 3-letter word, 4 points for each 4-letter word, etc.

Variation for Cooperative Play:
Play in the same way as above except that everyone must work as a team to find 10 Easter eggs, then unscramble the letters to make as many words as possible.

8 I Spy Easter Egg Hunt

Combine the fun of an Easter Egg Hunt with a game of “I Spy”. For each round, the game master “spies” an Easter egg with a particular sticker design, and players race to find those eggs.

For example, the game master says, “I spy with my little eyes, an Easter egg with the picture of a rainbow” and players race to find the Easter eggs with this picture pasted on the outside of the egg:

I Spy Easter Egg Hunt

Additional supplies:
Labels (for printing of stickers) or transparent sticky tape
Pen for the game master

Prepare the Easter eggs (about 10 eggs per player):
Put candy and/or a small toy inside each plastic egg.

Download, print and cut up the I Spy Easter Egg Hunt Stickers.

I Spy Easter Egg Hunt Stickers
Each set contains 72 stickers, enough for about 7-8 players. Print as many copies as you need.
You can print these on labels or regular paper.

Paste one sticker on the outside of each Easter egg.
If you are printing on regular paper, paste them on the Easter eggs with transparent sticky tape.

For the game master:
Download and print 1 copy of the I Spy Easter Egg Hunt Calling Sheet.

I Spy Easter Egg Hunt Calling Sheet
Use this copy for the game master’s reference during the Easter Egg Hunt.

Objective:
Players hunt for Easter eggs with the sticker design called out by the game master, pick up the eggs and show them to the game master.

Rules:
The game master randomly calls out the designs on the I Spy Easter Egg Hunt Calling Sheet and crosses out each design that has been called.
Players can only pick up Easter eggs with the sticker design called out by the game master.
Example: If the game master says, “I spy with my little eyes, an Easter egg with the picture of a rainbow”, players can only pick up those Easter eggs the picture of a rainbow pasted on the outside of the eggs.
If you pick up an Easter egg with a different sticker, you must place it back where you found it.

Additional Rules (if some of your players are much older or faster than others, and there is a risk that they may dominate the entire game):
Open the first round to all players.
Players who have picked up an Easter egg in that round must sit down and cannot participate in the subsequent rounds.
Continue playing until all players are seated.
Have everyone stand up and open the next round to all players again.
Repeat.

9 Happy Easter! Egg Hunt

In the Happy Easter! Egg Hunt, players race to find Easter eggs containing cards that spell out “Happy Easter”.

Prepare the Easter eggs (11 eggs per player, plus some optional decoy eggs):
Download, print and cut up these 11 egg-shaped Happy Easter Egg Hunt Cards.

Happy Easter Egg Hunt Cards
Each set contains 11 cards, enough for 1 player. Print as many copies as you need.
Place one card in each plastic Easter egg, in addition to the usual candy and/or small toy.
You may also like to have some “decoy” eggs that contain only small toys and candy but without the cards.

Objective:
Be the first player to find Easter eggs that contain cards that spell out “Happy Easter”.

Rules:
Players can only pick up decoy eggs and those eggs containing the letters that you need.
Example: if you already have the letter “H”, you cannot pick up another egg with that same letter. Simply put the egg-shaped card (together with the toys and candy that came with it) back into the plastic egg and hide it in the same place where you found it.

Award prizes for:
First player who finds all the cards to spell out “Happy Easter”
Happiest (most cheerful and enthusiastic) player

10 Easter Treasure Hunt

In this Easter Treasure Hunt, players hunt for Easter eggs containing various clues that eventually lead them to the Easter Treasure!

Play individually or in teams comprising 2-5 players. (Teams can be larger, but smaller teams allow everyone to be involved.)

Prepare the Easter eggs (11 Easter eggs per player/team):
Download, print and cut up the egg-shaped Easter Treasure Hunt Clues.
(You will need 1 copy per team.)

Easter Treasure Hunt Clues
You do not need to use all these clues.
For example, if there are no beds where you are playing, simply leave out clue #10.

You will need to use plastic eggs for this game.
We suggest using one colored eggs for each team, so the Red team can only pick up Red Easter Eggs, the Blue team can only pick up Blue Easter Eggs, and so forth.
Alternatively, paste stickers on the outside of the eggs to differentiate them for each team.

Place one clue in each plastic Easter egg, in addition to the usual candy and/or small toy.
Temporarily bag all the eggs containing the same clue together and label the bag to avoid confusion when hiding the eggs.

Prepare the Easter Treasure:
These are your prizes or gifts. You can have a bigger gift for the winning team, and smaller gifts for all the other teams.

Hide the Easter eggs:
Hide the Easter eggs such that the first clue leads you to the second clue, the second clue leads you to the third clue, and so forth.

Clue #1

Easter Treasure Hunt Clue 1
Hide the next clue near anything white.

Clue #2

Easter Treasure Hunt Clue 2
Hide the next clue near a faucet.

Clue #3

Easter Treasure Hunt Clue 3
Hide the next clue inside a shoe.

Clue #4

Easter Treasure Hunt Clue 4
Hide the next clue near anything round.

Clue #5

Easter Treasure Hunt Clue 5
Hide the next clue under anything made of wool. Example: blanket, coat, sweater, socks.

Clue #6

Easter Treasure Hunt Clue 6
Hide the next clue in a corner.

Clue #7

Easter Treasure Hunt Clue 7
Hide the next clue inside a box of muffins.

Clue #8

Easter Treasure Hunt Clue 8
Hide the next clue inside a teapot.

Clue #9

Easter Treasure Hunt Clue 9
Hide the next clue inside or near a clock.

Clue #10

Easter Treasure Hunt Clue 10
Hide the next clue on a bed.

Clue #11

Easter Treasure Hunt Clue 11
Hide the Easter Treasure near a Bible.

The Easter Treasure

Easter Treasure Hunt Clue 12
Attach this to the Easter Treasure. This can be a simple gift box containing a prize that the winning team can share. (If you are using this activity as part of your Sunday school lesson, do not put anything inside the gift box. Use this activity to introduce the story of the empty tomb before finally giving out your Easter Treasure Hunt prizes and gifts.)

Objective:
Be the first team to find the Easter Treasure.

Rules:
To begin, give each team the Easter egg containing the first clue.
Based on this first clue, teams will hunt for subsequent clues.

If you are Red team, you can only pick up red Easter eggs. You must look for the clues systematically, so that you can find all 11 clues before finally reaching the Easter Treasure.

Easter Scavenger Hunts

If you enjoy scavenger hunts, click here to see more Easter Scavenger Hunt Ideas.

Bible Lesson – Easter: Resurrection of Jesus

Discuss
1. Did you enjoy the Easter Egg Hunt? Why or why not?
2. Was this your first Easter Egg Hunt? How does today’s Easter Egg Hunt compare to others you have had in the past?
3. Do you like the candy and toys inside the eggs? Which are your favorites?
4. What do eggs have to do with Easter?

Say
Although Easter eggs are not mentioned in the Bible, they are used by Christians around the world to symbolize the empty tomb of Jesus. Every year on Easter Sunday, we remember and celebrate the resurrection of Jesus.

Read
Matthew 28:1-10

Discuss
5. Why did the women go to the tomb?
6. What did they expect to see in the tomb?
7. What did they see instead?
8. What happened to Jesus after he died on the cross?

Say
Yes, Jesus was crucified and died on the cross.
But Jesus did not remain dead for long. Jesus became alive again after 3 days!

Read
1 Corinthians 15:3-8

Discuss
9. Were the women (in Matthew 28:1-10) the only ones who saw Jesus after his resurrection?

Conclude
The women went to the tomb to anoint the body of Jesus with the spices they had prepared. But the body of Jesus was not in the tomb. The angel explained to them that Jesus had risen from the dead. Jesus is alive!
Jesus is the Son of God. He came to earth to die on the cross to take the punishment for our sins. And on the third day, Jesus became alive again.
Because Jesus died on the cross, our sins can be forgiven. We can be with God and have a relationship with him. We can become his children and will one day be with him in heaven.

Related Bible Passages about the Resurrection of Jesus
Mark 16:1-11; Luke 24:1-12; John 20:1-18

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