The great Easter scavenger hunt

A young boy on a scavenger hunt

While you’re staying home and staying safe, you can still have lots of fun with your loved ones without having to venture outdoors. Our Easter scavenger hunt has been created with our supporters and some of the activities below are suggestions from our members. Join in with us and bring a bit of spring into the everyday.

Why not take up the challenge as a family and see who can work through the list the fastest? We’d love to see what you’ve been finding around the house together. Share your scavenger adventures and creations with us on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook.

This scavenger hunt has been designed so you don’t have to meet up with people you don’t live with, so please take part from the comfort of your own home.

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Download the great Easter scavenger hunt 

We've created a fun, downloadable PDF of the scavenger hunt. You could print it out and track your progress or save it on your mobile. If you want to go further, we've got lots of inspiration and ideas below to help you tick off the activities.

Toy mice with sticks at Charlecote Park, Warwickshire

1. Find three baby animals you'd see in spring

What baby animals can you see around the house? You might find a duckling in a book or on a tea towel, or one of your cuddly toys may just happen to be a baby rabbit. See what you can spot then sketch or paint a picture of what you find. How would they dance to your favourite song? Try it out and make up an animal dance.

Two children wrapped in a blanket

2. Find something to make a cosy nest 

Create a nest or den out of items in your house or garden then read your favourite book in there. Kit it out with some furnishings or artwork you've made yourself. You could make a home for the baby animals you found in activity one. Or, if you have a garden you could make a cosy home for a wild animal such as a bird or hedgehog house.

Someone unwrapping the paper muffin case of the chocolate nest

3. Find an Easter recipe 

Whether it's nests for eggs, crumbly biscuits or bunny inspired cookies, Easter baking is so much fun. From sticky chocolate fingers to animal-shaped treats, this is a time for creativity and making memories. Share your creations with your family.

Holiday postcards on a noticeboard

4. Find a reminder of a great day out 

Maybe you’ve found a photo or a postcard, or even a ticket or a letter that tells the story of the great day out you had with a loved one. Call them up or send them a message to chat about that day, or share your story and memories with us on social media. Read about some of the historic letters in our collections and see if they inspire you.

Child with Easter bonnet

5. Find something to wear as an Easter bonnet 

Create a show-stopping masterpiece, perfect for looking the part as you deliver Easter treats to everyone in your house - see activity three. Find an old plant pot (but clean it first), or get card and paper and decorate it with flowers, ribbons or fluffy cotton wool lambs. Once you've made your bonnet, why not make an Easter basket too?

A child smells a flower in The Vyne gardens

6. Find the smell of spring 

What can you smell that reminds you of spring? Is it the smell of freshly cut grass, or the sharp smell of daffodils? Perhaps it's the smell of hot cross buns fresh from the oven? Describe the smell of spring in a single sentence and share it with us on social media. Or if you're very inspired you could even write a poem or keep a nature diary over the Easter weekend. Thank you to National Trust member Janice for this suggestion.

A wild art rainbow

7. Find objects to create a rainbow of colour

Search the house for things of different colours. Fruit, fabric, plants or paper - there's colour everywhere. Now that you’ve found your objects, put your rainbow of colour together. Snap a photo of it and share with your loved ones, showing them how you can find a rainbow of joy when you look for one. Thank you to National Trust member Deborah for this suggestion.

Children identifying leaves

8. Find three leaves with different shapes 

Find the leaves on some wallpaper, outside your window or growing on a houseplant. Then have a go at drawing a new pattern with them. Try drawing it without lifting your pen or pencil from the page. See what shapes can be made by tracing around the leaf’s outline and look at the lines created by the veins. What new patterns can you create? Thank you to National Trust member Rex for this suggestion.

Cardboard Easter egg in two halves

9. Find three egg-shaped objects 

Look for egg-shaped objects then make up a story about them. Were these eggs collected by a great adventurer, and what kind of animal are they from? How old are they? Why are they that colour? Create your story and present your findings in an exhibition to your loved ones. Thank you to National Trust member Karen for this suggestion.

Box of eggs

10. Find the oldest and newest object in your house 

Over the years we gather our own historic collections. Although you might not have a painting by a famous artist, you probably have a few items that are priceless in your eyes. Search the house for the oldest object you have. Bonus point if you can find out its history and tell us its story on social media. Also, what's the newest thing you can find? Is it a work of art you've created with the family this week, or a souvenir from your last holiday? Thank you to National Trust member Rodger for this suggestion.