Smart Phone Easter Egg Hunt for Older Kids

My kids are getting older.  The typical Easter egg hunt is just too easy.  This year I’ve been coming up with a new Easter egg hunt that will challenge my kids and take them longer than 2 minutes to finish it.  I love technology and my kids love their electronic devices, so we’ve decided to use them with this challenge.

Smart Phone Egg Hunt

There are two ways to do this challenging Easter egg hunt.  1 – Treasure hunt style.  One egg leads you to the next egg.  OR   2 – Check off list style.  Give them a print out of the list of clues that they can find in any order.  Either way should work fine.

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73 Responses to Smart Phone Easter Egg Hunt for Older Kids

  1. Amy | The Happy Scraps 04/10/2014 at 6:48 am #

    This is such a cute idea! I’m sure my kids would love this if I did it. 🙂

  2. Leanne 04/11/2014 at 8:47 am #

    This is such a fun idea! My kids are going to love doing this. Pinning!

  3. erica 04/12/2014 at 7:23 pm #

    Thanks so much for sharing this! My kids will love it!

  4. Debra 04/14/2014 at 9:04 am #

    Ummm… how cool are you? Seriously this is awesome!

  5. Jonie @ Just Between Friends 04/14/2014 at 10:03 am #

    This is such a fun idea! I bet your kids love it! Pinning so that I can use it when my kids get older.

  6. Julie 04/18/2014 at 11:20 am #

    What a great idea! Thanks!

  7. amanda 04/19/2014 at 8:41 am #

    wow … thank you, this is perfect for my kids and they will get such a kick out of it! FYI … I’ve downloaded the first set of QR’s with no problem, checked them & they worked great. The second set however, won’t download.

  8. Nicole 03/31/2015 at 12:08 pm #

    I love this but I wish there was an inside the house version. Not guaranteed a warm day on Easter in our colder Canadian climate. 🙁

  9. Deanna 04/01/2015 at 6:40 pm #

    I downloaded all sets easily and the QR codes seem to work fine. Three days before Easter and my husband says, “You are going to have an Easter Egg hunt for [our son] and his friends aren’t you? Actually, I thought at 17 I wouldn’t have to anymore; wrong. Thank you SO much for helping me make this a fun event and saving me LOTS of time. LOVE IT!

  10. Becki 04/04/2015 at 10:39 am #

    Hi I love this idea so much and appreciate how much effort you have put into them. I was wondering how you did this or if i could send you some more difficult clues to fit on some clue cards. My daughter would love this but the clues need to be a bit harder

    • Melanie Kauffman 04/14/2017 at 7:43 am #

      Were you able to get more difficult clues? My kids are older and would enjoy more difficult ones as well!

  11. Chris 04/04/2015 at 8:47 pm #

    Oh my goodness – this is amazing! You are a rock star for creating and sharing this 🙂 Thanks so much!

  12. LindaHAZ 04/05/2015 at 9:03 am #

    Thank you for the effort you did and sharing with your readers! I was able to use 14 of these clues for our yard!

  13. Deanna 04/07/2015 at 7:46 am #

    Update: I changed three of your clues to fit our yard and added one for the Golden Egg with Chic-Fil-A gift cards. The teens were SO pleasantly surprised that it was so much fun. We have a lot of trees and some clues were in similar places but they had to go from one part of the yard and back many times. My kids aren’t crazy about candy so I found items to make it more personal like air freshener vents wraps for the car since they are driving and s’more ingredients made with the Peeps (Pintrest idea), Funky Flames for social gatherings around the fir pit and the small generic party poppers. One of the last stations had a drink on ice and another had the hand sanitizer wet wipes. Of course some candy but at least it wasn’t an overwhelming amount. Thanks SO much for all the effort you put into this idea. It saved me so much time.

    • Lisa 04/06/2017 at 10:26 am #

      How did you change the clues? I need to and cannot figure it out. Thank you!

  14. Deanna 04/07/2015 at 7:49 am #

    Tip: The way I changed the clue was to find a QR Generator from the internet and used Plain Text. It wasn’t as pretty but it got the job done. Then I printed them on sticker paper, cut the code out and stuck to a bag or basket at each station.

  15. Sarah 03/16/2016 at 7:31 am #

    Hi, this is awesome and I would really love to use this for my oldest son this year – I am having difficulty downloading the images for the codes. Is there any way you can email me the pdf’s?

    • Jamie Nelson 03/25/2016 at 6:56 pm #

      Did you get a response as I am also not being able to download image or QR code.
      Tk you

  16. Lucy n 03/26/2016 at 12:46 pm #

    Where could I leave number 9 – abit confused
    Could you respond ASAP

  17. Corene 03/26/2016 at 8:10 pm #

    I did this last year for my eight going-on-nine year old. It was wonderful! This year he wondered if the Easter bunny (yeah, he still believes…☺️) …”was still going to do that thing with (phone)”. I was so happy that he was looking forward to it. Thanks.

  18. Shelly 03/26/2016 at 8:48 pm #

    This is so cool. Thank you so much for helping me with my procrastination! I am sure the older kids will love this tomorrow.

  19. Allison Bautista 03/28/2016 at 10:26 am #

    I did this with my teens (13,14,18) this year and they LOVED it!!!! I hid one egg at each spot so it was a race too. Very fun and active. The clues were great and the download was super easy. Thank you!!!!!

  20. Chris 03/26/2017 at 6:36 pm #

    Thank you so much for sharing this activity! We are having an Easter Egg hunt for all of my parent’s great grandchildren who range in age from preschool to teens. The preschoolers are having one hunt and the pre-teens and teens will have another. I do need to change some of the clues because it needs to fit my daughter’s home and yard but I think it will be fun and challenging for me to do it. I can’t wait to see their reactions and watch all the fun. Happy Easter!

  21. Claire 04/10/2017 at 1:16 pm #

    This is an amazing idea. Works great with the free qr scan apps. Thanks so much for coming up with this idea. My 10 year old is gonna love it.

  22. 04/10/2017 at 1:57 pm #

    This is such a creative way to create an Easter Egg hunt for Tweens. I have a lot of creative ideas for Easter Egg hunts on my website but haven’t seen one like this for Teens. Such an inventive idea! 🙂

  23. Ella 04/10/2017 at 3:49 pm #

    Thank you for a great idea for Tweens – Teens! I am a grandmother who is technologically challenged. This helped me a lot! My grandchildren still love their Easter Hunt and hopefully I’ll really surprise them this year!

  24. Lynda 04/11/2017 at 7:09 am #

    Thank you for doing all of the hard work for me. My older grandchildren will LOVE this! I am also generating a harder list for my adult children, codes with pictures.

  25. Mary 04/11/2017 at 5:26 pm #

    Thank you so much for sharing your fantastic idea.
    I downloaded all pages with no problem.
    I am sure my teens are going to love it!!!

  26. kristal :) 04/12/2017 at 8:48 am #

    YAY!!! I printed the codes and the clues and they work perfectly!!!! My crazy kids and their cousins are going to love this!! THANK YOU!!!!

  27. Rachel Middleton 04/15/2017 at 10:56 pm #

    Thank you for sharing your idea!!

  28. Mary Herdrich 04/16/2017 at 1:28 pm #

    This was awesome! We had family members of all ages participate. We divided up into teams. The teens and young adults especially loved it! We put the clues in the hidden eggs, so they had to follow the clue to the next egg, before they got their next QR code to look for. We live near a large park, so we also gave them a map of the park, and put the eggs throughout the park using some of your clues (e.g. monkey bars, park bench, etc). We lucked out with beautiful weather, so hiking through the park made it extra fun. I added another clue (for the boardwalk in the park) by just including a handwritten clue. I also gave bonus points if they sent me a Snap Chat or group selfie from the park bench. Thank you so much for sharing this! They all want to do it again next year! Any chance you’ll add some new clues or make an indoor one in case it rains?

    The hardest part was figuring out the order for each team to find the clues in. I wanted each team to find their clues in a different order so they weren’t all going to the same spot at the same time. (I had a different colored plastic egg (one for each team) at each location. This way, each team was sent to a different location to find their next egg/clue. The older kids had a lot more running back and forth between clues, than the younger kids did. That worked out great, although it took me a bit to get it planned out.

    Thanks again for sharing this; it created memories that will last a lifetime for us! 🙂 Happy Easter!

  29. Jeanette 04/28/2017 at 3:49 pm #

    Super cute! Thank you for the time it took to put this together and for sharing!

  30. Valerie Bien-Aime 03/09/2018 at 1:57 pm #

    Love this idea! Can’t wait to try it! Thanks 🙂

  31. Margaret Nichols 03/12/2018 at 7:16 pm #

    What an amazing idea. Many thanks for this. I will let you know how it is received in Australia on Easter Sunday!

  32. Esther 03/16/2018 at 7:37 am #

    This looks great, my son loves an egg hunt but at 12 the clues I have are a bit young, His phone is never out of his hand so you will make me look like a great mom, for using tech for a new egg hunt. thank you.

  33. Penny from Toronto 03/26/2018 at 2:29 pm #

    Thank you so much for sharing this. You just helped turn a potentially awkward family gathering (too many teens) into a really fun time.

  34. Julie T. 03/27/2018 at 12:54 pm #

    This is awesome! Such a great idea! Thanks for being so generous to share it!

  35. Laurie 03/31/2018 at 2:03 am #

    This is truly amazing ! Cant wait. Thank you for sharing

  36. Jennifer 03/31/2018 at 5:03 am #

    Thank you for sharing these amazing ideas! I am so grateful. I can’t wait to use the QR code hunt with my 10 year old. She loves doing Easter Egg hunts, but the traditional ones are too easy for her now.

  37. Heather Baldwin 03/31/2018 at 4:40 pm #

    I organized this egg hunt with a neighbor and friend last year and it was a blast. It kept the kids busy for 3 hours! The adults enjoyed dessert and drinks on the patio watching the kids work together to figure out all of the clues. We hid eggs at both houses so they had to ride bikes in between clues. We loved it so much we are doing it again this year!

  38. Suz 04/01/2018 at 6:50 pm #

    This was a big hit today! Our kids ranging from age 7-15 loved this QR egg hunt – thank you for your creativity! Of course we helped the youngest but they all ran with it. I hope you will make some variations as I don’t think this will be the last time. Awesome idea 🐣👌🏻

  39. Marianne Jensen 04/01/2018 at 8:10 pm #

    We used this today for kids my step-“kids”, age 13 and 18. They loved it!!!! Thank you so much!!!

  40. Alexis 04/02/2018 at 7:35 pm #

    I did this just yesterday for my 4 grandchildren 12-12-15 and 16. They loved it, their parents loved it and they are already asking if we can do this again next year so please have some new clues!

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    Great stuff for a new GEN KID

    • cid 04/20/2019 at 7:11 am #

      I am having trouble printing the qr codes do you have any suggestions?

  44. Babs 04/21/2019 at 11:20 am #

    I was Nicky surprised how easy this was to use. Thank you thank you thank you 😀😀😀
    I have a child with ASD who loves tec. It was amazing how engaged she was and her friends.
    What a brilliant idea.

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