6 Tips for organising an Easter egg hunt

Easter just isn’t Easter without an Easter egg hunt! Whilst Easter egg hunts are lots of fun for kids of all ages, you may need to scale it down a bit when it comes to toddlers and preschoolers so that they enjoy it just as much as the older kids. Check out these 6 tips for organising a fun Easter egg hunt.
Easter just isn’t Easter without organising an Easter egg hunt!

Whilst Easter egg hunts are lots of fun for kids of all ages, with maps, clues and eggs to be found, you may need to scale it down a bit when it comes to toddlers and preschoolers so that they enjoy it just as much as the older kids.

6 Tips for organising an Easter egg hunt

Here are some simple tips on organising a fun Easter egg hunt for toddlers and preschoolers.

1. Find a suitable space for your Easter egg hunt

For toddlers and preschoolers, it’s a good idea to hold your hunt in a small, safe space so your little one won’t get lost or overwhelmed.

If the weather’s fine, the garden is the perfect option or if it's cold and windy, your house makes a great option too.

2. Buy some Easter eggs

Go for a variety of chocolate Easter eggs, from small mini eggs to larger (more visible) foil wrapped eggs or buy plastic eggs which open up and you can pop a few little treats inside.

3. Easter egg baskets

An Easter egg hunt can’t happen without baskets to collect all the eggs in!

Either buy your Easter baskets or make and decorate your own.

Your toddler or preschooler can even just use a bowl or bucket to collect the eggs in. Whatever you have to hand.

4. Keep it simple

Don’t make the hiding places too tricky, bear your toddler or preschooler's age in mind.

Otherwise the egg hunt will last too long and your kids will start to get bored.

Hide the Easter eggs in obvious places rather than under or inside other objects.

Visual clues, rather than written ones, are a great way to help toddlers and preschoolers with the egg hunt.

Try cutting out large coloured arrows to direct them the right way or up the excitement level with a very basic treasure map.

Alternatively, if your egg hunt is indoors, you can use a trail of jelly beans or raisins to help show your toddler or preschooler the way.

5. Set some ground rules for your Easter egg hunt

It's always good to set a few ground rules before you start the Easter egg hunt to ensure things are kept fair for everyone involved.

An Easter egg hunt should be fun and enjoyable for everyone so set rules you know will work according to the ages and needs of the children involved.

Just simple things like sharing, taking turns and being patient can make all the difference to how things run.

If you have a large group of children, pair the younger ones up with the older ones. Toddlers and preschoolers can sometimes be overwhelmed by older kids so it works better if they can work in teams. 

6. Keep things fair

If your Easter egg hunt includes more than one child, colour code the eggs and ask each child to find one particular colour only. Just make sure you have the same number of eggs for each child.

Create a base and ask each toddler or preschooler to return to it once they have collected 5 eggs. They should stay there until all the children have returned before setting out again. That way you can ensure they all get the same amount of eggs.


You can fill shop-bought plastic eggs cases with Easter toys or other treats if you don’t want to use chocolate Easter eggs.

Or you can hide homemade hard-boiled painted Easter eggs that you and your little one can paint together once they’ve found them all.

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