Keep your little chicks entertained over Easter by rustling up a batch of homemade treats and nestling them around your house and garden to create the ultimate springtime Easter egg hunt – we’ve even written the clues so you don’t have to!
Call us fogies but for all the edgy technology children have at their fingertips these days, we think a good old-fashioned Easter egg hunt is as good as any flashy tablet game. A dizzying hunt for treasure? The starry-eyed anticipation of a pile of sweets to dive into? Parents wearing silly bunny ears? We can’t think of a better way to spend a springtime afternoon.
If you have a flock of little lambs to keep entertained this Easter, follow our step-by-step guide to throwing the perfect treasure trail.
How to throw an Easter egg hunt
First, plan your route...
Allow us to state the obvious but houses come in all shapes and sizes, so creating a generic, one-size-fits-all hunt is tricky – but we tried. Don’t say we’re not good to you… Our six-step, flexible Easter hunt has been designed to work in all kinds of houses, big and small.
Then, lay your clues and treats...
Depending on how much space you have to play with, you can either fold the clues and set your children to gather them up before reaching a giant chest of confectionary at the end, or you can leave edible treats along the way.
If you’re taking the latter option and want to follow our clues to a T, we’ve come up with some suggestions for what six treats to nestle where:
This is a good opportunity to store sweets that are in danger of melting or spoiling in heat in the fridge.
Clue two – “Somewhere cosy you sleep at night”
It goes without saying you don’t want smears of chocolate on bedsheets so for bedroom-based treasure, go for something safely covered.
Empty the sink and clean it well to make way for batch number three. Use the surface area to lay out a tray or plate of something chunkier.
Clue four – “What do you wear to keep warm in cold weather”
Children’s coat pockets are generally small and shallow, so create long, thin treats to be stood up vertically – wrap them in a little kitchen paper to stop them shedding crumbs.
When it comes to food in the bathroom, make sure it’s really well covered – preferably stored in an airtight container.
Clue six – “Something you use to cook”
Find your biggest pan and hide the golden goose – the largest treat of them all. We have an abundance of egg advice, from advice on making your own to a bumper buyers guide to the best Easter chocolate for 2015.
Don’t forget to provide kids with a bucket, basket or tray for storing their haul.
If making six individual recipes for your hunt sounds a mite ambitious, try making a tray of bark and breaking it into shards, before packing it into bags or cellophane.
Our Easter chocololate product review makes life even easier – we’ve picked plenty of sweets that could be used as prizes. We particularly recommend small foil-wrapped eggs…
If you’re choosing to lead your keen hunters to one giant haul of treasure, we’re not short of recipe inspiration...
If you’re little one is bursting at the seams after enthusiastically devouring an ambitious stack of cocoa wonder, sweep it away for storage and, once the sugar rush has worn off, use it in one of our leftover Easter chocolate recipes.
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