Fantastic Fun Easter Hunt Tradition for Kids!

22 Mar

As we approach the Easter holiday, I am reminded of our long standing Easter Tradition of the Clue Hunt.

Our sweet 2 year old Abyni finds her basket in the van!

It all started with Jaedin’s obsession with Blue’s Clues as a toddler.  When Easter rolled around 1999, I decided to take the Easter Egg hunt to a new level.  I made 10 “clue” cards for each child.  Jaedin was 2 1/2, so his clue cards just had pictures on them.  For instance, the first card would have a picture of a refrigerator.  He would go to the refrigerator and look for his next card.  All of his cards had a Blue’s Clues paw print on them so that he would know they were his.  Kainan’s had Thomas the Tank Engine on his, and Sprite’s just had a big “S” on them.

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Since Sprite was bigger, hers had written out clues on them.  Each card led to the next card which eventually led them to their Easter Box.

One of the most memorable years was when I buried the boys boxes in the backyard.  Their second to the last clue had kid sized gardening tools for digging and their boxes were sealed tight and buried somewhere near the swingset.  A “treasure map” led to the X where they were to dig.  Unfortunately, I hadn’t checked the weather!  It rained SO hard that night, we couldn’t tell where I had dug the night before!  We had an interesting time trying to find those boxes!!

As the kids grew older, the clues got harder and sometimes involved physical tasks.  One year Sprite had to draw a tree using her foot.  That was a hilarious task:)

These were our clues for 2009:

The clues we used were (They start with clue # 10 that leads to clue #9, etc. Some of the clues they have to perform some task for us and then we give them the next clue. We’ve done this for ten years now… its getting harder every year to think of things!): 
Abyni (age 8)
10 Down up down down
9 Flip for clue Flip 3 x FOR CLUE
8 Don’t hide here unless you’re being chased by rabid monkeys or kidnappers
7 Using NO HANDS draw a picture with a blue tree with orange leaves, etc.
6 Wakes you up in the morning
5 Deuteronomy 23:12-13
4 Give Dad one book with blue, red and yellow on the cover, a blue comb, a pink rubber band, two twisty-ties, and five screws- all in a blue cup.
3 Proverbs 30:33
2 Where the _______ ________ Are
1 Your favorite hot day place to be

Abyni 10 Guitar
Abyni 9 (Daddy)
Abyni 8 return air duct
Abyni 7 Daddy
Abyni 6 bedroom window
Abyni 5 toilet
Abyni 4 Daddy
Abyni 3 Stick of butter
Abyni 2 In the Wild Things Book
Abyni 1 pool

Paris (age 8)
10 Find something that says, “Lose Ten Pounds”
9 Flip 3 x FOR CLUE
8 This is where we keep things that are born on ears
7 Using NO HANDS draw a picture with a totally new dress design with accessories, scarf, hat, jewelry, etc.
6 Directly below Invisible flier
5 Hola! Habla Espanol?
4 Give Dad one screw, a blue comb, a pink rubberband, something folded into the shape of an animal, and five pennies- all in a white cup.
3 Sounds like Chilly
2 Wicked Things you Create
1 The place where daddy throws you

Paris 10
Paris 9 (Daddy)
Paris 8 Pantry (can of corn)
Paris 7 Daddy
Paris 6 Directly underneath the “invisible” fairy in Paris’ room
Paris 5 BJU Spanish Book
Paris 4 Daddy
Paris 3 Sounds like Chilly…
Paris 2 In the Candle maker
Paris 1 pool

Jaedin (age 12)
10 Find something that has ALL of the following words on it: Conspiracy, Angela, Francine, required
9 Do 5 push ups and 5 sit ups FOR CLUE
8 This is where we keep things that are born on ears
7 Using NO HANDS draw a picture with a drawing of a blue tailed skink eating a pineapple
6 Genesis 3:18 “You will eat ______”
5 Deuteronomy 23:12-13
4 Give Dad one screw, a blue comb, a pink rubber band, something folded into the shape of an animal, and five pennies- all in a white cup.
3 Chile on the map
2 Your (paying) job takes place here
1 Find the picture of the kitchen tree swallow

Jaedin 10
Jaedin 9 (Daddy)
Jaedin 8 Pantry (can of corn)
Jaedin 7 Daddy
Jaedin 6 fruit
Jaedin 5 toilet
Jaedin 4 Daddy
Jaedin 3 Stick of butter
Jaedin 2 Kitchen Computer
Jaedin 1 Kitchen table bird book, page48

Kainan (age 12)
10 Find something that has ALL of the following words on it: April, Civil, Month, Saved
9 Do 10 push ups and 10 sit ups FOR CLUE
8 This is where we keep things that are born on ears
7 Using NO HANDS draw a picture with a sports logo from the NBA… daddy must be able to recognize it before you get your clue.
6 Genesis 3:18 “You will eat ______”
5 Deuteronomy 23:12-13
4 Give Dad one screw, something made from wood (a stick doesn’t count), something made out of metal, something heavier than Abyni, two things that weigh less than a penny, and five pennies.
3 Proverbs 30:33
2 Where the Wild Things are… not on paper
1 Oooh… la la… hot stuff

Kainan 10 April 1865 by Jay Winik
Kainan 9 (Daddy)
Kainan 8 Pantry (can of corn)
Kainan 7 Daddy
Kainan 6 fruit
Kainan 5 toilet
Kainan 4 Daddy
Kainan 3 Stick of butter
Kainan 2 In Daddy’s leather jacket pocket
Kainan 1 oven

Sprite (age 17)
10 Find something that has ALL of the following words on it: Darwin, Survival, New York
9 Do 10 push ups and 10 sit ups FOR CLUE
8 This is where we keep things that are born on ears
7 Using NO HANDS draw a picture of yourself and Bobo doing Thriller
6 This is where caterpillars may appear if I wait too long to use the GiGi appliance
5 Deuteronomy 23:12-13
4 Give Dad the following things: Something that weighs more than five pounds, but less than 10 pounds; Something folded into the shape of an animal, something that is both green AND orange, something that says happy on it (you can’t WRITE happy).
3 Proverbs 30:33
2 Your job’s helper’s home
1 In the sitting room, Behind That boy, Above my head and beside your sister in stripes.

Sprite 10 Darwin Awards book
Sprite 9 (Daddy)
Sprite 8 Pantry (can of corn)
Sprite 7 Daddy
Sprite 6 hair remover strips of cloth
Sprite 5 toilet
Sprite 4 Daddy
Sprite 3 Stick of butter
Sprite 2 in the soap dispenser of the dishwasher
Sprite 1 (Map)

Do you do an Easter Egg Hunt?  What is your favorite tradition?

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2 Responses to “Fantastic Fun Easter Hunt Tradition for Kids!”

  1. Ada March 22, 2012 at 3:19 pm #

    That sounds like so much fun! But definitely sounds tricky to keep thinking of new clues and places to hide the boxes year after year!

    • Bean's Monkey Business March 22, 2012 at 3:21 pm #

      It does get a little tricky. I guess its kind of a bonus that we’ve moved so much, so there is often a whole new world to explore!! I also recycled some of the clues from the older kids down to the younger kids after a couple of years. I keep the lists in my livejournal year after year so I can refer to them later.

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