Palm Sunday is in a few days, which means that Easter is almost here. It’s also time to start planning an Easter Egg Hunt, and it can be bookish.
I went on many an Easter Egg Hunt inside my house because there was too much snow on the ground at that time of year. My mom and I would hide plastic eggs all over the house and try to find them. We soon stopped just looking for eggs because that got too easy, so we got creative with how we did our Easter Egg Hunts. They got literary.
Prizes in Easter Eggs
Don’t leave now! I know it’s common to hide prizes in eggs, but the prizes in the Easter eggs can be book-related. It can be as simple as quotes from books or as complex as a handmade Time Turner. Some other ideas of what you can put in those eggs are
- charms for bracelets
- Bertie Bott’s Every Flavour Beans
- rubber bracelets that have bookish words on them
- surprise movie tickets to Love, Simon
- bookmarks or bookmark corners
- pins, buttons, etc.
The next two types are about hiding the eggs.
Books Instead of Eggs
If you have a large enough space and small enough books, you could hide physical books all over the place. Since this one has space issues, what about a library scavenger hunt?
A library scavenger hunt requires you to think of books or types of books on your shelves that you could send people to find. (Points if your shelves aren’t alphabetized.)
I think the only way you can get away with hiding books on shelves is if you have a large library to work with, so stick to finding books.
Nursery Rhyme Clues
This one is a favorite for me because it forces you to think a little more about what something might mean. All you have to do is find a nursery rhyme and take one or two lines from it to make a clue to find the egg. Here are a few examples of what I mean:
- “Early to bed, Early to rise” — under a pillow, in a flower bed, on an east-facing windowsill
- “Hickory, Dickory, Dock” — near a clock, behind a statuette mouse
- “If all the world were paper” — near a globe, on a bookcase
- “Not a penny was there in it” — wallet, purse, piggy bank
- “Thursday’s child has far to go” — in shoes, near a bicycle, in a toy truck, on an atlas
- “What! Found your mittens, / You darling kittens” — stuffed animals, in a cat’s bed, in mittens
This can also work with your favorite books, like the Harry Potter series or The Lord of the Rings. Find one or two sentences and then use those as clues.
What other ways can you think of for making an Easter Egg Hunt more bookish?