Versatile Easter Scavenger Hunt
(4 Scavenger Hunt Options - 2 Outreach Options Using Same Clues)
Easter Photo Scavenger Hunt for Families
Want a fun and unique way to teach your child/children the true meaning of Easter? What about a scavenger hunt?
Journey through the Bible, read scripture and solve the tasks to unlock the beautiful story of Jesus' love and sacrifice for each of us.
Since Easter is fast approaching, I want to share this photo scavenger hunt that I found on-line a few years ago.
I have given the scavenger hunt several tweaks to make it adaptable to any church size or budget. It's like building your own "custom fit" scavenger hunt.
Select the options that work for you and host your very own Easter Scavenger Hunt.
We’ve all got our smartphones in hand; why not put them to good use and use them to tell the story of Easter?
This family-oriented scavenger hunt will help parents and kids engage with Christ while spending quality time together. After families find each “clue” they will take a selfie together with the object they found. At the end of the hunt, not only will they have had fun, they will have faith-filled memories and seven new family pictures.
The object of the hunt is to read and follow the clues, solve the challenge, take a selfie, learn about Jesus, and create family memories.
Option #1 is to simply pass out the scavenger hunt clues and send the families off for an amazing week of following in Jesus' footsteps. Families will solve clues, take selfies and create special memories. This option is totally 100% amazing all on its own.
Make sure to send home LOTS of information about the "up-coming" event so that parents are ready to go once the clues are handed out.
If you are on a small budget or if you are opposed to using Easter eggs in your scavenger hunt (shown in options 3-5, you may want to select Option 2. It is important to know that all options 1-6 use the same clues. The only thing that is different is the presentation.
Option 2 is a paper chain craft. The children will create a 7 link paper chain (one for each of the seven clues) with the tag attached to the top. The clues will be hooked together in numerical order with clue seven being attached to the tag. Families will tear off one clue each day and go on their scavenger hunt. You may punch a hole in the top of the tag and run a piece of ribbon through the hole if you choose to hang it. Downloadable clues and chain tags are below. They have been formatted for paper chains. You may choose whether or not to have families share their selfies with you. Selfies would be placed on Facebook and/or used to judge how the event is working.
Downloadable Egg Clues and Color Chart If you decide on Option 3-5 below, you will need to do a little prep work.
All 3 options will require stuffing 7 Easter eggs (different colors) for each child.
Each clue belongs in a specific colored egg. They must go in the correct color for the scavenger hunt to work correctly.
Clue 1 goes inside a yellow egg
Clue 2 goes inside a blue egg
Clue 3 goes inside a red egg
Clue 4 goes inside an orange egg
Clue 5 goes inside a green egg
Clue 6 goes inside a purple egg
Clue 7 goes inside a gold egg (if you can't find gold eggs, open the eggs, lay them on a piece of cardboard and spray paint with gold spray paint.)
Hint: Recruit the children's department, a ladies class, a senior adult class or any volunteer to help stuff the eggs with the clues. Make sure to give them one specific egg (color) and the correct clues to be placed inside that particular color of eggs.
Make it very plain which clues go inside which (color) eggs. You may want to set up separate rooms or separate tables for each egg/clue combination.
Option 3 - Brown or White Lunch Bag
(Child prep participation optional)
For Option 3 you will have to stuff the eggs with clues (See "Egg Clues" heading above) before moving on to the next step.
Once the eggs have been stuffed, purchase brown or white paper lunch bags. You may choose to have your children decorate them by using rubber stamps, stickers, etc. Make sure the bags are completely dry before you stuff them with the eggs.
This is a great time to get the kids involved and save yourself some time. Allow the children to finish the bag stuffing. (Optional...you may do this yourself if you do not have time at the beginning or end of class.)
Give each child a small amount of Easter grass to be placed inside their bag.
Pass out the 7 (previously stuffed) eggs...one color at a time to prevent a mix-up.
Have the children roll down the top of their bag and staple it shut.
Have the children attach the bag tag. Do this by punching a hole (hole punch) in the corner of the bag tag as well as the corner of the bag (the rolled down area). Run a ribbon through both holes and tie a bow (or knot).
Do not staple as the tag will be ripped when removing.
You may choose whether or not to have family share pics with you.
Option 4 - Easter Basket/Bucket
(Child prep participation optional)
For Option 4 you will have to stuff the eggs with clues (See "Egg Clues" heading above) before moving on to the next step.
Once the eggs have been stuffed, purchase Easter baskets or Easter buckets.
Option 4 is done exactly the same as Option 3 except you place the eggs in an Easter basket or bucket. If your budget does not allow for this, watch for after Easter sales...baskets and buckets they will be almost FREE. Purchase after Easter and store away for next year.
You may choose whether or not to have families share their pics with you.
Bag tag and share pic tags are posted under Option 3 above.
Option 5: If you want to use this scavenger hunt as an outreach, you may do it in one of two ways. (Option 5 or Option 6)
Choose one of the 4 options above and create twice as many bags, baskets, buckets, paper chains or clue lists....or a variation. Children will take one home for themselves and one to give to someone in their neighborhood, their school or even a stranger on the street (with mom or dad's supervision of course). You may even want to add an invitation to Easter Sunday service inside the bags.
Mix and match - You may want to create baskets for your children and take-home bags for them to pass out to friends, etc.
Encourage parents to get creative...consider whom the child is giving their bag to. Tailor fit the bag by adding a little extra surprise inside their bag. For instance, if the child is going to give their bag to a homeless person then add a sandwich, a new pair of socks, etc into their bag before passing it along. The homeless person will not do the scavenger hunt however, the egg clues could be altered to include the actual scripture verses that are mentioned on the clues. Be creative!
Open your scavenger hunt to the public via Facebook...no eggs, no baskets, very little prep work.
Select a date to begin your scavenger hunt.
Download the editable Scavenger hunt slide below
Edit the slide to fit your church.
Post your edited scavenger hunt slide on-line (Facebook) several weeks before the scavenger hunt is to begin.
Make sure that everyone knows that the event is open to the PUBLIC and that there are PRIZES being given away! (I filled two 5 gallon buckets with candy, egg dying kits, stuffed animals, dyeable eggs, etc. and awarded prizes to two families.)
If you want people to play along from anywhere in the U.S. consider offering gift card prizes.
Promote, promote, promote your upcoming event...look for free community Facebook sites to share your slide, send home flyers, pass out flyers to everyone at the end of service, send flyers home with kids if they are allowed to pass them out at school...promote, promote, promote!
A week or so before the event, host a Facebook blast with your church members. Simply post your flyer on the children's Facebook page (or church page) on a certain Sunday and have your church family log onto your page and share your flyer all at the same time (right before service begins if possible...or the end)
Here's How it Works
Each morning, you will post the new clues on-line (downloadable and editable clues are posted at the bottom of this page). I programmed all of my clues to post automatically at midnight. This saved a lot of time and trouble.
Participants will log on, read the clue, solve it, take a selfie and then text their selfie to you.
At the end of the day...or the following day...post all received selfies on Facebook...under that day's clue. If they are late, that is ok. Families are busy...Post them when you get them.
Make sure to have copies of the clues to pass out to your children before the hunt begins...not everyone uses Facebook.
Prizes go to the family with the best selfie pic...must have solved all 7 clues and sent in pics for each clue.
CLUES FOR OPTIONS 1-6:
Clue #1 (YELLOW EGG) Birth – Luke 2:6-12
This story begins in a different way
The Baby Jesus was sleeping on Hay
He was the Messiah, God’s Only Son
But His journey began as a quiet, humble one…
With your family, find a barn or manger and take a selfie together beside it. Think about what it meant that Jesus wasn’t born rich or mighty, but as a humble baby, just like us. Talk about why that is important to us as we follow Him.
Clue #2 (BLUE EGG) Baptism – Matthew 3:13-17
As He grew, he gained respect from God and man
And His calling to save us, He began to understand
He declared He came to set the captives free
And was baptized by John to begin that journey.
John the Baptist baptized Jesus in the Jordan River. See if you can find a stream, a pool, a river, anything with water for your family selfie. Take some time to think about what happened when Jesus was baptized, how God spoke from heaven and what John said about Him.
Clue #3 (Red Egg) Ministry – Matthew 4:18-20
Jesus began to teach all the people
They’d come to hear him, no building or steeple
He’d talk in the mountains and down by the sea
And to those who would listen, He’d say “Come, follow me!”
Jesus went to places where people were to talk to them about God’s Love. If Jesus were here today, where do you think he would teach? Take a picture of your family in the place you thought of and write down a little explanation of why you picked that place!
Clue #4 – (Orange Egg) Miracles
Many people came to Jesus in need
Some sick and some lame, some broken indeed
And often Jesus would heal, touch or feed
News of Him spread around Israel with speed
There are many stories of Jesus’ miracles in the Bible. With your family pick your favorite story and read it together. There are several ways to take your family selfie – you can all point to the Scripture reference and take a pic; you can re-enact the story and take a pic, or you can take a video of your family reading or telling the story!
Clue #5 – (Green Egg) Last Supper – Matthew 26:20-30
But some of the people did not like God’s Son
And started a plan to get rid of the One
So Jesus gathered his friends for a Passover meal
And shared what would happen; it seemed so unreal
During the Last Supper, Jesus explained that he would die and rise again, but the disciples didn’t understand his words. It was here that Jesus first described communion – the bread representing His body and the juice representing his blood. After this, he left and went to the Garden of Gethsemane to pray before the soldiers came to arrest him. With your family, go find a garden or a patch of flowers. Take your picture together and consider how just a few weeks ago this ground was cold and dead, but today there is hope and new life. Jesus came that we might have a new life and have it for all eternity!
Clue #6 (Purple Egg) Crucifixion – Matthew 27:32-56*
Betrayed by a friend, Jesus was arrested
He was tried by a court and his death was requested
On that saddest of days, our Savior did die
But within that dark moment, our salvation did lie
When Jesus died on the cross, his disciples and his friends lost all hope. But God had a bigger plan. A beautiful plan that was way bigger than they could see at that moment. We remember the cross as a place of suffering but also as a place of hope for all eternity. With your family, find a cross and take your picture and talk about how we can have hope in Jesus.
*Parents, this can be a difficult subject to approach with children. You know your kid’s best and what is the best way to share this part of the story. While I have included the Scripture reference, use your discernment and discretion when you share.
Clue #7 (Gold Egg ) Resurrection – Luke 24:1-12
Some may think that our story is done.
But they would be wrong! It has only begun!
For after 3 days, Jesus rose from the dead
To give us New Life forever…just as He said!
Our greatest hope comes in knowing that we will get to spend all of eternity with Jesus and with all who follow him! We don’t have to be slaves to sin. Jesus can help us to live with joy and life now. That is what Easter is all about! Take a picture of your family celebrating with GREAT JOY that Jesus is ALIVE!
How it Works
Downloadable Clues for Option 1
Downloadable Egg Clues for Option 3-5
Download, Copy, Stuff
Paper Chain Clues
Option 5 - Outreach