The Barbour Way of Life Guide to: Kerry Lockwood’s Perfect Easter Egg Hunt
spring summer 2020
Family downtime has always been at the heart of the Barbour Way of Life, and with Easter just around the corner, we wanted to create a special guide to making the most of the celebration at home. So, we’ve teamed up with interior blogger, writer, and stylist, Kerry Lockwood, to get her top tips on planning the perfect Easter egg hunt this bank holiday weekend…
As a child, my parents used to organise an Easter egg hunt every year — this has since become a fun, family tradition that I’ve also passed onto my two children. So, every year, without fail, I organise a fun Easter egg hunt throughout the house and garden. It was only last week that my daughter asked if we could still do one this year, even though she’s 11 and her brother is 14! Of course, we can, Easter just wouldn’t be the same without it, and it’s such a great way to bring all the family together to have lots of fun.
If you haven’t done this in previous years then I feel that now is such a great time to start, as we have more time at home to plan right now and we’re all looking for ways to fill our days. So, I thought I would show you how you can prepare an Easter egg hunt around your home and garden.
Step One: Grab a Basket
To start you’ll need an Easter basket. This can be something that you and the children can spend time decorating in the build-up to Easter, or you can buy one if you prefer. If you can’t get hold of one, then any container will do — something like an empty ice cream carton, a plant pot or any tub large enough to fill with chocolate eggs. Make a hole at each side, then use ribbon, string or any kind of material, to attach a handle.
Step Two: Collect Some Goodies
Next you need things to hide. I buy a selection of Easter chocolates and sweets and I also have some fillable plastic eggs which I’ve collected over the years, these are great for filling with mini eggs, small packs of Easter jellies etc...but if you’re not keen on your children eating too much chocolate, then you can also pop non-edible gifts inside, like cute Easter chicks, stickers or stationary. If you don’t have any plastic eggs to fill, you can use things like empty spice jars, tea light holders or any small container which you have available around the house. I like to use small glass jars and decorate them with different coloured ribbons.
Step Three: Find the Perfect Hiding Spot
Think of around 10-15 locations around the house and garden that would be good places to hide the eggs. I always start the hunt by leaving an Easter basket outside each of the kid’s bedroom doors, along with something fun like a pair of bunny ears and the clue to the first surprise. For younger children, the clues will need to be nice and simple — things like: “head to where the dog eats his dinner”, or “you’ll find me where you brush your teeth”.
For older children, you can make the clues harder and create more of a scavenger hunt so that it keeps them entertained and guessing a little longer. You can create your own riddles or just search online for Easter scavenger hunt clues and you’ll find hundreds of printable ideas. Here are some of my favourites:
“Don’t panic don’t worry or be getting in muddles, these will be perfect for jumping in puddles” (Wellies)
"So much food that I can’t eat! It’s all I see morning and night. Fruits, vegetables and meat, Why can’t I just have a bite?!” (Fridge)
“When you want to jump higher than all around, jump on me rather than the ground” (Trampoline)
“The end is in sight so take a look, the last clue is hidden in something you use to cook” (Pans)
Step Four: Writing Your Clues
You can get as creative as you like when it comes to the clues. If you want to keep it simple, just write them onto a sheet of paper, then cut and fold them up. If you have more time, then why not print or write them onto pastel coloured cards and cut them into Easter shapes? Or use stickers and glitter — depending on what you can get your hands on.
Step Five: Pulling it all into place
If you can, set the hunt up the night before, once the kids are in bed. Make sure you read each clue and follow the trail as you lay out your eggs, along with the clue to the next hiding place. It’s so easy to mix things up and then it will make no sense whatsoever! I always leave a bigger surprise in the final location, maybe a big chocolate egg or an Easter gift of your choice.
Stay tuned to the Barbour blog, for more in our Barbour Way of Life series, where we’ll be posting more heart-warming, exciting and educational guides.