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Easter egg hunts are amazing – but they do tend to be pretty consistent from year-to-year. Someone gets some eggs; they hide them around the place; someone else hunts. In the classic version, you get to keep the eggs you find, but in the “fair” version (that is, the “pandering to incompetent finders” version), they enter a central pool and get split, or everyone is assigned eggs of a particular colour and only gets to keep those.
And that’s fine, if you like the warming thrum of tradition – but if you’d like a bit of variety, then that’s possible as well. So we’ve been thinking about a Tiny Games take on egg hunts.
I spoke to Joe Woodhouse, easter egg hunt expert – or at least, “guy who makes a different egg hunt for his partner Karina every Easter – and has for the last twenty-three years”, which is surely the same thing. It’s important to note that this is the British/Australian style of Easter Egg hunt, where the eggs are chocolate and wrapped in differently-coloured foil – either tiny and solid, or larger and hollow.
For Joe, it’s partly a matter of finding interesting ways to make the egg-hunt difficult. “One trick is to exploit psychology… I’ve already found the egg here. So I hid one under a stuffed toy on top of the pillow on the bed… and then another one under the same pillow. First one is easily found, and then the location is dismissed.”
But surely she figured that out pretty quickly? Of course, so he went to a three-level strategy – one in the cutlery drawer easily visible, to start off with. “She craftily pulls the draw open a bit more and checks the sides, and finds a 2nd egg taped to the side. And then stops… not pulling the drawer all the way out to see a third egg taped to the same side, but only visible with drawer fully pulled out.”
Joe announces the number of eggs to start off with, so Karina knows how well she’s doing. “I’ve also reverse-pickpocketed some, and slipped one into her coat or dressing gown pocket. The next year, I did so a bit fake clumsily, she caught me and crowed, and while she crowed I slipped one into her other pocket with my other hand.”
For anyone who wants to run a straightforward egg hunt – but with a bit of extra difficulty – then Joe has a couple of recommendations. One is thinking about colour – choose your placement carefully; it can be very satisfying to put an egg right out in the open, but on a perfectly-matched background so it goes unnoticed.
Another is to limit the scope – tell the seekers what rooms or spaces are in play, and how many eggs there are, and that means you’re free to experiment with much more difficult egg placements.
And finally, for a possible finale: “Carefully peel back foil from a larger egg, poke a hole, push a small egg in, replace foil.”
With some consultation from Joe, we have a couple of Tiny Games suggestions for egg hunts…
The Trail. Get 20 to 30 small easter eggs, and hide them in a trail – each one between fifty centimetres and a metre from the previous egg, in whichever direction you like. The seeker looks for them by following the trail – but might not immediately realise that the trail can travel through walls and floors…
Shake the Balloon. Get fifteen balloons. Before you blow them up, put a small egg in five of them, and something else – a grape, a teaspoon, a button, a bean, a ping-pong ball, whatever you like – in the other ten. Blow the balloons up and put them in a big box. Blindfold the hunter, give them the balloons, and let them choose five. They get to pop these five, and only these five – and if they miss the chocolate, then the hider gets to keep it.
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