Our kids used to get up in the middle of the night to check out their Easter baskets.
Hubby and I are pretty heavy sleepers, sleep was and is important to us, and so we didn't feel like it was critical to stay up and keep them guarded. We just left them out so that when they got up in the morning they could check them out.
Of course that was when we thought they might get up a little earlier than usual rather than the middle of the night.
When we were in Virginia we decided to come up with a fun and make-them-wait option...an Easter basket scavenger hunt. The first year, or maybe two, we did it before church.
Now they are older and we have to be there by 8:00 a.m. They wait until we get home.
When they were younger it started out by giving them an egg with the first clue. Last year we decided they had to find the clue amidst a lot of eggs.
Once we put that little piece of paper in there, we realized they would know immediately which one it was since you could see through the eggs.
So we cut a bunch of extra little plain pieces of paper and put them in all the other eggs. We're sneaky like that.
They found the first clue When visitors come over they ring the doorbell Which is directly outside the front door. So that’s where you need to go start your search Inside by Peka’s vent on the floor.
There was an egg waiting for them with the next clue. We find that we have to be very careful and put them in the egg one-by-one as we walk through the house to make sure they end up in the right spot for the next clue. That first year or so when we did it late at night after they went to bed we almost goofed a few times.
They also know not to pick up any stray eggs they might find because they'd get messed up, but we actually hide some not in plain sight now to make it harder. They love it!
Here are a sample of a few of our other very cheesy clues Where do you find the ingredients For grilled cheese in this house? Just the white bread you need Not the cheese for the mouse.
Who do you think has the messiest bedroom? I think we all know who that is. I wonder where you will find the next clue in that room. I can tell you it’s not by a broom.
A lover of Yankees A lover of Cardinals A lover of Blues Go find the next clue.
Oh where, oh where is Mom’s new space Where Chatty loves to go? Just be careful when you are looking around Or Mom will have to throw you to the ground.
We do 15 to 20 clues, and it's a lot of fun now that we have stairs plus a basement. We have them running all over the place!