Appropriate age group: 4-7
These are some ideas for an Easter egg hunt or a birthday party that you may have around Easter time. It’s a trail around the forest with a few activities on the way, at the end you could organise the actual easter egg hunt.
The trail revolves around a little story about the Easter bunny. It’s very short, which will make it also very suitable for younger children.
At the start of the trail, you can read out the following:
Shopping list (for 10 kids)
1. Flour €1.50, Crisps/ popcorn: €4,-, Drinks (water/ fruit shoot): €8,-
2. Punch balloons (these are the big balloons with an elastic band attached that you can punch: €3,-
3. A poster of an Easter bunny, most 2 euro shops have these around Easter: €2,-
4. Chocolate Easter eggs: €6,-
Total cost: €25,-
1. Print out the story here and cut it up at the lines to put it into envelopes. Number the envelopes 1-3.
2. Make the pinata, instructions can be found here. I used the big punch balloons. Also make sure that you make it a long time before hand as it need to dry for a few days before you can paint it.
3. Once the pinata is finished, fill it with the crisps/ popcorn and attach a wire to it to hang it up. The best way to do this is by sticking sellotape on the outside and inside where you want to make a hole, this will stop it from tearing.
4. Stick the bunny poster onto cardboard and cut it into jigsaw pieces with scissors or a stanley knife. If you can’t find a piece of cardboard big enough, you can also cut the poster into the jigsaw pieces and stick these to the cardboard, cutting it in the same shape.
5. Make a box for the chocolate eggs. I used a shoe box covered in tin foil.
6. Before setting out the trail, pack the following:
- Task 1: Pinata, scissors, extra wire
- Task 2: jigsaw pieces
- Task 3: shoe box with chocolate eggs
- Also: the envelopes, loads of ribbons, cello tape, scissors …
6.Setting out the trail:
- Set out the trail an hour before the party starts, you want to make sure that the ribbons are still there for the party;
- Place the ribbons in a visible spot high up, so that other people can’t get near them;
- Use a lot of ribbons, especially where you turn left or right;
- For the tasks, hang the envelopes in a high place off a tree;
- For the items that need to be hidden, make sure you cannot see them from the path …
7. And finally a bit of advise:
- Try to get a few parents to help you setting out the trail. Also during the party make sure that you have an adult at the tail end of the group who can make sure that no children stay behind.
- The kids will get very excited to try to find the ribbons. Point out a few rules at the start of the trail. Every child should get a turn in leading the group. And during the tasks nobody should go ahead to look for the ribbons. The promise of a medal, or another price for whoever respects the rules might be a good incentive.
- Always make sure that no rubbish is left behind. It’s everybody’s responsibility to clean up after them.