Build an Easter Basket with Clues

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When my daughter was a little girl, we always had a normal Easter egg hunt for her, but as she got older, and she no longer wanted this kind of hunt, we prolonged the fun of Easter by giving her a more challenging hunt. To do this we let Jess Build an Easter Basket with Clues.  Each year, at Easter time, I came up with printed clues to lead her from one Easter egg to the next.This Easter Egg Hunt with Clues is a lot of fun for teenagers and is a great way to extend the traditional Easter egg hunt when the kids are getting older.. #SpringMoments #ad

This fun experience gave us a chance to keep the Easter egg hunt going long after kids normally think they are “too old for it.”  The idea is great for older kids and teenagers, alike.  You can make the clues as hard or as easy as you like. I also liked to add some other teen stuff to the basket too, and not just candy. supplies for the Easter Egg Hunt with Clues

MARS® Mixed Mini Bags are the perfect mix to use for this type of hunt. I found a big display rack of them on a recent shopping trip to my local Sam’s Club. The bag has 165 pieces in it that are the perfect size for placing inside of plastic Easter eggs.  Their festive wrappers add a lot of color to the Easter Basket as it comes together. I really love the assortment of treats in this bag, filled with Jess’ favorites such as M&M’S®, TWIX®, SNICKERS®, MILKY WAY®, and 3 MUSKETEERS ®.  

Here is how to Build an Easter Basket with Clues.

All fun Easter Egg hunts need a basket to hold the goodies in.  Also, what good would Easter be if I didn’t have a chance to do something crafty? 😉 I chose a medium sized basket and spray painted it white. Then, I wrapped the handle with some green paper tape and hot glued a few butterflies to it. Jess loves all forms of nature, and I know she will want to use the basket in her room later to hold makeup and jewelry so I wanted it decorated in a pretty way for her.  Spray the basket white and decorate the handle

The basket stays hidden until the morning of the Easter egg hunt.  Overnight while she is sleeping, I put the basket on her bed and the first clue gets tucked into it with a hint about where to progress next.  I make the clue ambiguous enough so that she has to think a bit.  After all, “she is a teenager, not a baby!” as she is fond of telling me.The Easter hunt starts on the bed with the first clue and the decorated basket

Here is an idea of how my hunt goes as it progresses.  Building an Easter Basket with Clues just needs a bit of creative thought and clues that are hard enough but not too frustrating.  I’ve given you some tips that I use each year to make my hunt a success.

1. Start with a challenge.

Building an Easter basket with clues means that the hunt will be a bit of a challenge. Jess’ father has a lot of old shoes, so trying to find just the right pair is not easy! Patience is not a strong suit with teens, so I mixed some easy clues and some hard ones as the challenge continues. Each time Jess finds an Easter egg, she adds it to her basket and then moves on to the next place that is hinted at in the clue.The first treat is found in daddy's old shoe

A mix of hard and easy is good.

2. Don’t make the clues too hard.

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I like to move around the house, back and forth as we build an Easter basket with clues.  Jess knows that if she sees an egg anywhere but doesn’t find it with a clue, she has to wait till later. Still, I keep most of them hidden out of plain sight, so it’s a challenge pretty much all the way through.  Even though I lead her to the bathroom sink, the treat is still hidden behind it, not IN it. A little manicure and pedicure set is hidden here as a special teen treat.combine treats and teen things for extra fun

3. Move around the house and yard.

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Be sure to have a mix of both indoors and outdoor clue areas.  This makes things more interesting and also makes sure that there is some fresh air as part of the hunt.  Since the MARS® Mixed Mini Bags are all foil wrapped, having them outside is fine. I placed three treats in a plastic Easter Egg behind a planter near the outdoor candle so it is a bit out of sight.Hide a clue outside the front door

4. Have a really easy clue now and then.

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Throw in some really easy clues.  Don’t make them all hard, or there is sure to be frustration.  This mailbox clue is a great one to have about now, since it’s a big enough place to put something really special like this coffee mug filled with candy treats.  The mug has one of Jess’ favorite cup shapes and the colors are perfect for her basket.The mail box is a great place to hide something larger.

Behind closed doors are good spots when you build an Easter Basket with clues.

5. The pantry is a perfect indoor hiding spot.

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5. Even though Jess walked right by the pantry earlier, she didn’t see the egg because I closed the pantry door.  Since I had a few cake mixes, she had to look a little to find this treat! A purple plastic egg held 2 more sweets to add to her basket.the pantry has a lot of places to hide treats

6. Out of sight, out of mind.

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The oven is a great hiding place to use during the hunt. It’s big enough to add a plastic egg with Easter treats that will start to fill up the basket, but the closed door keeps everything well hidden.  Just be sure no one makes a breakfast casserole today!~Eggs hiding in a cool oven

7. Time to head back outside again.

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The family car is a great place to hide Easter eggs.  There are lots of nooks, crannies and places where they can be placed to make the hunt challenging. I used the glove compartment as a hiding place for the hunt today.Don't forget the car. There are lots of places to hide things here.

Time for a tricky one!

8. What do you keep in the dining room hutch?

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This clue is a challenge for Jess, since there is a big hutch filled with plates, glasses and bowls as well as a large credenza in our dining room.  I hid the treats and the clue inside one of the soup bowls in the hutch!The dining room hutch is a great hiding place.

9. Have a really easy clue near the end of the hunt.

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No matter how much your teen likes the hunt, they will be getting eager for it to be over now, so throw in a clue that basically gives the location away. Now is the time for another teen treat. This time, some emery boards, a small bottle of perfume, and pink nail polish are hidden in the dryer.The drier holds some fun teen things

10. Keep the biggest stash of treats until the end.

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Just like fireworks, a good Easter Egg hunt builds momentum.  I started with one egg, moved up to a couple, and left the big stash of treats until the end of the hunt. It made it like having all the fireworks come at one time at a fireworks show.  The last stash of Easter eggs got placed in a fun colored bucket near her old playhouse along with a cucumber melon candle. My girl loves candles!  Have the last treat be a big one!

I love the mix of candy and teen things in the basket.  Doing this kind of Easter Egg hunt with clues is something you can do right through the high school years, just by adding new items that they like in each teenage year.Easter Egg Hunt with Clues

Would you like to build an Easter Basket with clues?

Head on over to your Sam’s Club. It is a great Easter destination to shop early and stock up for this fun holiday.  I found my MARS® Mixed Mini Bags Spring Mix in a center aisle with a large candy display. You can’t miss it with the fun spring colors!  Some ribbon and a basket, a few non food treats, and some card stock or photo paper will be all that you’ll need to do your own hunt.Easter Egg Hunt with Clues store collage

Print out the Clue sheets.

If you want to copy my Easter egg hunt, you can print out the filled in clue sheet that I used here in PDF format.  It is a high resolution 8 1/2′ by 1 1″ file. I printed mine on photo paper so the wording stays intact outside.Filled in clue sheet
If my clues won’t work for you, you can use these blank Easter Egg cards and make your own clues for by hand printing them. You can print the PDF file here, or click on the image below.

Unfilled clue sheet

What other things will you hide as well as Easter Eggs to Build an Easter Basket with clues for your teenager?  

Are you looking for other ways to decorate for Easter, or for some inspiration for Easter Egg Hunts for teens?  Be sure to visit the #SpringMoments page by MARS®.Easter Egg Hunt with Clues


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  22 comments for “Build an Easter Basket with Clues

  1. 03/02/2017 at 10:06 am

    I’m making note of this for when my boys are older. #client

    • Carol
      03/02/2017 at 11:01 am

      It is such a fun thing to do. The boys will love it!

  2. 03/02/2017 at 10:42 am

    Oh my gosh, this is so clever. I love your clues, too 🙂 . Only one of my husband’s girls is still into Easter baskets (the others are 20 and 17), so this will be so fun to do for her before she gets older and tells us that she’s too old for an Easter Basket anymore. 11 going on 30…

    • Carol
      03/02/2017 at 11:00 am

      Jess liked this right through high school (and beyond if the truth be told!~) Carol

  3. 03/02/2017 at 12:58 pm

    This would’ve been fun for me growing up! My mom fills my basket with candy, a gift card, a fuzzy bunny and a few surprises. It’s fun to get Easter baskets still I love it. I loved your clues!

    • Carol
      03/02/2017 at 1:02 pm

      What was funny as Jess got older is that she remembered where I led her the year before, so I had to make different clues every year! LOL

  4. Tatanisha Worthey
    03/02/2017 at 3:12 pm

    I always used to look forward to the egg hunts my parents would setup for us. This is a really creative idea! My parents always made the hiding places harder and they didn’t offered any clues lol! We did egg hunts until we were quite old. In fact, just last year my dad setup an egg hunt for the adults to do. It was a neat twist and was a ton of fun.

    • Carol
      03/02/2017 at 4:04 pm

      The idea of doing one for adults is really fun. Seriously…we all love treats and treasure hunts are fun!

  5. 03/02/2017 at 5:24 pm

    This is such a great idea for older kids! What a great way to keep them involved! I also love the cute clues and all of the goodies that you picked out for her to “build her basket” with!

    • Carol
      03/02/2017 at 5:46 pm

      Thanks Echo. It was a lot of fun to put together the post. Carol

  6. Krystal
    03/02/2017 at 6:52 pm

    I never would have thought to do this for Easter with my son. It is such a smart way to have more fun on Easter! Loving the candy assortment and the clues!

    • Carol
      03/02/2017 at 9:44 pm

      It’s such a fun way to extend Easter for older kids. Carol

  7. 03/02/2017 at 7:23 pm

    You are SO SUPER creative! Love the print outs too – thanks for that! I am lucky, my husband works for Mars so we have plenty of chocolate around!

    • Carol
      03/02/2017 at 9:45 pm

      Lucky you!!!

  8. 03/02/2017 at 8:13 pm

    This is a wonderful idea for older kids that feel like egg hunting is too “little” kids. I love the clues that you left, some hard and some easy perfect combination!

    • Carol
      03/02/2017 at 9:45 pm

      Thanks Ady. Jess got better at it as she got older. I had to end up making them harder!

  9. 03/03/2017 at 12:40 am

    This is so fun! My toddler is a little young for this but I will have to keep this in mind for when the kids are older!

    • Carol
      03/03/2017 at 9:22 am

      Enjoy your Easter fun with him. Each year is special!

  10. Ali Rost
    03/03/2017 at 4:26 am

    Your post made me smile. It reminded me so much of something my grandma did for us when we were little. Every year Easter was at her house and she’d go all out on the baskets and tuck the most clever clues inside. I haven’t thought about it ages. Guaranteed your daughter will look back one day and think “Good job Mom .. that sure was fun!”

    • Carol
      03/03/2017 at 9:22 am

      Once I started them, they were the only type of hunt Jess wanted to do!

  11. 03/03/2017 at 10:48 am

    Thank you so much for this! I’ve always wanted to do a scavenger hunt, but I have just never taken the time to figure out all of the clues and stuff. The printable is so cute and you’ve given me some great ideas!

    • Carol
      03/04/2017 at 9:02 am

      I hope you enjoy it if you do one!

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