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Sunday, 20 April 2014

easter eggs and treasure hunting


Although we don't do the religious aspect of easter, we do take advantage of a couple of local egg hunts (both at garden centres for some reason) and enjoy the overall chocolate-y-ness of the season.

  As you can see, Smiler, Noah and Petal all get into the cutting and sticking side, and a couple of years ago I got a huge haul of craft sets from Tesco very very reduced - as in 4p for a pack of pompoms, foam shapes and googly eyes that would have cost £2 immediately before easter - bargain!  To get ready for our annual egg hunt in the garden the kids made rabbit ears, and there was a bit of singing going on too...


When the kids were little we hid plastic eggs around the garden and then let them loose.  In each egg were two or three mini eggs, so although they needed Mr Manley or I to open them up, they then got to eat their bounty - yum...

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When they got a bit bigger we assigned each child a colour, and they could only gather eggs of their colour - this meant we could hide the eggs in places accessible to that child, and everyone got their fair share.

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The last few years we've made it more of a treasure hunt, writing clues for the kids to follow.  We give them the first one, then the next clue is in the egg that that riddle leads them too, along with some mini eggs, or a creme egg, or (a new addition for this year) a little malteaser bunny.  Because they have to solve the clues the hunt lasts longer, and when I asked if they preferred this or just trying to find their colours, all three voted for the riddles.

Smiler and Mr Manley worked as a team, while Noah and Petal each worked out the answer to their riddle, then looked where they had been directed to - in the playhouse, under the shed, next to the water butt, with the sweet peas - you get the idea!

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Clue number ten for all the children directed them to their beds (the place you do the most snoring; where you go when you're tired) and they each had a proper egg under their covers - they were very impressed!

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I don't have any specific memories of easter from my childhood or teenage years, but I wanted to give Smiler, Noah and Petal experiences to remember.  The egg hunt is now firmly established as a family tradition, something they all look forward to once easter gets close, so it seems to have worked!  

Did you take part in any egg hunts this year?  

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8 comments:

  1. I love the way your egg hunts have evolved over the years. Every year I think about making clues for our Egg hunt but with such a range of ages I find I stick to just hiding the eggs but I do make a separate hunt for the under 5's to prevent the older children scooping up all the bounty! I'm sure they will remember your Easter fun as they grow up and quite likely want to continue the tradition with their own children. Thank you for sharing on Country Kids.

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    1. We only have two lots of clues to write as Smiler has a list of locations - too tricky for him otherwise! It's good fun for all of us, but I'm glad we did the hunt on Friday (still counts as easter as far as I'm concerned!) as it is very soggy here in Bristol today - definitely not garden weather!
      Thank you for reading, and for your kind words - very much appreciated.
      Take care
      Lucas

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  2. Everytime theres a celebration its always nicer to have your family with you. Its more fun =) #countrykids

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  3. We don't sadly, but after this I would really love too! What an amazing tradition for you guys to have as a family. Happy Easter! #countrykids

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    1. Thank you, Super Busy Mum, for stopping by, and especially for leaving a comment too. I would definitely recommend the treasure hunt idea - it's really not as complicated as it might sound, and what is lovely now is that once they know it's getting close to easter they talk about other years we've done it and I'm certain the anticipation makes it all the more exciting for them! Hope you had a wonderful easter!
      Take care
      Lucas

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  4. Oooh what a great idea! We've never done an Easter egg hunt but I like the idea of putting a few little ones in a plastic one - all the fun of searching for several eggs without the sugar rush! We're not religious either but I do enjoy Easter so I might copy your tradition - starting next year!

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    1. If you're UK based then I'd suggest The Range for the plastic eggs - probably reduced now too! As well as keeping the sugar in check it helps keep the costs down - those tiny fluffy chicks always get a smile when they 'hatch' out of the eggs too! I'd love it if you let me know how you get on - and I hope you have had a wonderful easter!
      Take care
      Lucas

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  5. That's true! I even got a couple of leftover mini eggs - perk of the job! Thank you for stopping by, and I hope your easter celebrations involved the correct levels of chocolate and hugs!
    Lucas

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