Easter egg hunts can be enjoyable, but they can also present challenges. They can get too competitive, and one child always gets more eggs than another. Sometimes little kids get trampled in the rush to get the most eggs. Easter egg hunts can also take away from the religious meaning of Easter. Or maybe you like Easter egg hunts, but you'd like to try something different. For an alternative to Easter egg hunts, here are some ideas.
Make up a set of clues for each child. Each clue will lead to the next one. The final clue can lead to the treasure. A treasure can be anything: an Easter basket, a new book, a toy, a religious item or a spiritual thought. Write the clues for each child--about four or five total. You can write the clues on pastel index cards or on slips of paper tucked into plastic Easter eggs. Hide the clues, except for the first one. Find a hiding place for the treasure. After everything is in place, give out the first clues and let your kids go hunting.
Religious Symbol Hunt
If you'd like to combine the fun of an Easter hunt with the religious meaning of Easter, try a religious symbol hunt. Get pictures or small replicas of symbols. Here are a few to include:
Donkey Palm branch Grapes Small cross Nail Empty tomb Angel
Hide the symbols and let the children find them. After all the symbols have been found, have the children gather in a circle, with the symbols in the middle. Tell the story of the Holy Week and Easter. Discuss the significance of the symbols. Read related scripture verses together. You can do this activity as a family, at church or with friends.
Family Memories Hunt
To build family togetherness during the Easter holiday, hold a family memories hunt. In advance, type or write out several family stories--one story to a separate piece of paper. The stories can be funny or poignant, or tell about an interesting ancestor. Fold the papers with the stories on them, and put each one in a small box. You can include a few photos in each box to go along with the stories. Wrap the boxes and hide them.
This hunt can be combined with a treasure hunt, and you can have clues leading up to the boxes. You can hide as many boxes as you want. After all the boxes have been found, sit together and let the children take turns unwrapping the boxes and sharing the stories inside.