I love Easter. Yes, mainly because it’s an excuse to eat copious amounts of chocolate. But, now that I have a daughter, it’s a chance to get creative and have fun. I have some lovely memories of doing Easter Egg hunts with my nephew in my parents garden, searching among bushes for little chocolate treats. Having an Easter Egg hunt during the Easter holidays is a great way to make some lovely memories.
If you haven’t organised an Easter Egg hunt before, don’t worry, it’s a lot easier than it seems. Depending on the space you’re using and the size of your family, you can adapt your Easter Egg hunt to suit your needs. Just don’t hide the eggs too well, or you might never find them!
Make your own Eggs
Before you skip over this part and assume that making your own Easter Eggs is way too difficult and time consuming, let me tell you, it isn’t. Making Easter Eggs is actually incredibly simple, and the best part is that you can be as creative as you like and make your own designs. The basic technique is simple. All you really need to do is temper your chocolate, using a thermometer, a heatproof bowl and a saucepan of hot water. Once you’ve done this, you can spoon melted chocolate into greased egg moulds, which you can get fom kitchen shops and supermarkets. Once you’ve mastered this, the fun can really begin!
You can use two or more different types of chocolate and create a marble effect, or you can use different type of chocolate for each half of the egg. You can also add cookie pieces, chocolate chunks and fudge pieces, as well as anything else that takes your fancy! Yum! Once the eggs have set, you can decorate them with icing or chocolate ganache. This is the part that kids will enjoy the most, getting creative.
Prepare your home
Whether you plan on having your Easter Egg hunt indoors or outdoors – or a little bit of both – make sure your home is ready beforehand. You could declutter and have a good spring clean to make sure each room is ready. If you’re thinking of doing any home renovations, this could be the perfect time.
Whether you’re planning on some new space saving furniture or opening up your home and garden with external bifold doors, spring is the ideal time to transform your home and prepare for the warmer months. It’s also a good time to get in the garden, which if anything like mine, may well have gotten a little overgrown over winter! If this is the case, make sure you trim back your bushes and plants before Easter to avoid the eggs getting lost in the undergrowth!
Write Some Clues
While there’s nothing wrong with a simple clue-free Easter Egg hunt, it could be nice to write your own clues to watch your family try and solve them. It also makes the hunt last longer and gives little ones more of a chance to find their own eggs, as they don’t need to worry about competing with older children. If you’re having trouble thinking of ideas, these Easter Egg hunt clues could help to get you started. For younger children, you could draw picture clues that will make things a little easier for them.
Mix things up
If you’d like to create an Easter Egg hunt with a difference, there are a couple of things you can do. You could blindfold one member of your family at a time and place the chocolate nearby, then give them directions to guide them towards it. Of course, this makes it all the more important that your house is clutter free! Or you could make clues out of bunny footprints made of card, which are perfect for very young children.
However you decide to organise your Easter Egg hunt, I’m sure you can create one for your family to remember for years to come.