12 Indoor Easter Egg Hunt Ideas Your Kids Will Love

basket needlework-style dyed eggs
Photo: Ngoc Minh Ngo

Who said an Easter egg hunt has to take place outdoors? Bring the fun into your home with an indoor Easter egg hunt that can happen rain or shine. For those who don't have a backyard or wake up to less than stellar weather, hosting your hunt indoors might be the ideal solution.

For an exciting room-to-room hunt inside your home, hide your eggs in clever spots: tucked inside coat pockets, tissue boxes, behind books on the shelf, in napkins on the kitchen table, and shoes by the door. And get creative with what you fill your hidden eggs with—they can be opened to reveal candy, toys, fun surprises, or a clue to where the next Easter treat is hidden.

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Letter Scavenger Hunt

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Anusha Rajeswaran

Mark each Easter egg with a letter of the alphabet—dyed, stenciled, or drawn with a marker. Then, tuck lettered eggs into corresponding hiding spots as they are spelled (like "K" for kitchen or "L" for laundry room). On the refrigerator, leave a list of words for them to find. In this game, the children need to solve the word puzzle by finding all of the letters to spell words on their list.

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Mismatched Eggs

green wooden easter eggs

Made from European linden wood, these wooden eggs can be used year after year. Paint them mismatched colors and have your little ones assemble like-with-like once their egg hunt is over. Give the person with the most matches a special surprise at the end of the game.

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The Matching Game

memory game with dyed eggs
Emily Kate Roemer

Dye eggs with different colors from the rainbow then break everyone up into teams to search. The red team needs to find red eggs while orange team needs to find orange eggs, and so on. Color-coordinate the eggs to hiding spots such as red eggs behind a red book in the study or orange eggs in a bowl of oranges in the kitchen. The goal is to find all of the eggs for their team. You can even add a "wild card" egg that has all of the colors of the rainbow for some extra fun.

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Hunt for the Golden Egg

Aaron Dyer

One of these eggs is not like the others. The hunt is on for a special Easter egg that shines like gold. Hide it in an inconspicuous place that requires unraveling a series of clues to find, such as under a lampshade, in their dollhouse, or behind a book on the shelf. Can your little Easter bunnies find the golden egg before the timer runs out?

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Jelly Bean Trail

Anna Williams

If you're not outdoors, why not bring the outdoors in? This Easter egg hunt uses a blooming path of adorable daffodil candy cups filled with jelly beans to lead the way to a set of Easter baskets. Your children can nibble up the trail, leading down hallways and up the stairs, scoring Easter eggs and yummy treats along the way.

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Family Egg Tree

family easter egg ornaments hanging from floral branches
Janelle Jones

Spring's awakening of budding trees isn't relegated to the outdoors. On the kitchen table, assemble a family tree with a bundle of flowering branches in a vase and a dozen eggs—each one is decoupaged with the visage of a different member of the family. Encourage the children to find theirs, and it may open to reveal a secret clue for where their baskets are waiting.

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Reverse Search


Let the kids hide the eggs this time. They will think it's hilarious as their parents try to find all of the eggs they've placed throughout your home.

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Easter Egg Relay

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Janelle Jones

Turn the indoor Easter egg hunt into an activity you and your kids will love. Easter eggs open to include a must-do activity—like "hop like a bunny" or "chirp like a baby chick"—that they have to do as they search for the next egg. It's fun, silly, and helps to burn off excess energy.

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Easter Egg Math Puzzles

easter egg math puzzles
Burca Avsar

Why not add an educational twist to the Easter egg hunt? In this game, children solve math puzzles that tell them how many steps they need to walk to find the next egg. Get some arithmetic practice in as they hunt around the house for Easter eggs and sweet goodies.

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Egg Puzzle Cookies

egg puzzle cookies

Bake these egg-style puzzle pieces and hide them in food-safe spots around the kitchen. Once all are found, the children can build their puzzle eggs, which will collectively create a map on the back that leads them to their Easter baskets.

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Glow in the Dark Egg Hunt

glow in the dark eggs

Turn out the lights! Children will love hunting for eggs that glow in the dark. This game works better in the evening hours when the light is dim, but you can still do it during the day if you have a large room with dark drapes. As a word of caution, clear out your designated egg hunt room of any furniture or tripping hazards before playing.

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