I have to say that when it comes to organising treasure hunts, Climber puts me to shame. I documented this one way back when, and he also recently set up a magnificent one for Fixit. In fact, I think every treasure hunt that we've had in this house has been organised by The Climber. So this year at Easter, given that we were spending it at home, I decided to set up an Easter Egg hunt for the boys. And now that I'm all crafty-like, this involved whipping up a couple of bodgy baskets the night before, no easy task because I just made up the design as I went along, and my machine had to be repaired several times during the process (thank goodness for having a captive Fixit). The baskets are extremely wonky but the boys were pleased.
Anyway. I told the boys to stay inside while I ran around the backyard hiding their eggs; 5 small ones each plus a big Star Wars Egg-&-Pez-Dispenser each. Then I wrote out a list of clues for them both and they had to take it in turns to find each egg.
It was hard to catch photos of the Climber during the search, he was extremely smart about working out the clues and very quick off the mark to unearth them. Here he is finding Clue 3: I hope the birds don't get this one first.
And I had to give him one which involved climbing. It said : If you wave at [next-door-baby] you might find this one.
Cherub's were much simpler, and he needed help at first (Don't be late, open the ....). Door? he said, scratching his head. Well, what rhymes with late, sweetie, that you can open? Aha!
But by the time we got to You will JUMP for joy to find this one, he was working them out for himself.
The last clue was for the Main Prize. Climber went first, and when the Big Star Wars Egg was discovered we of course immediately heard a brotherly cry of It's Not Fair! until we pointed out that there was still one more clue for him to solve.
I also hid some Lindt eggs for Fixit, despite the fact that he never gets me anything for Easter. Which is okay really, I can't exactly claim a chocolate shortage round here.
Then, mindful that Climber loves to do this sort of thing, I gave the boys a handful of eggs to hide for us. In true form, Cherub just ran around stashing mine away and pretty much told me where to find them (except for the one he couldn't remember and lucky his brother had been paying attention) and Climber went and wrote little clues for Fixit to solve.
So what with the stash left by the Easter Bunny plus goodies from a friend and my Dad, the kids now have a LOT of chocolate. It'll be rationed out as an after-dinner reward for good eating over a few weeks, or at least that is the plan.
Hope you had a Happy Easter too, and that the Bunny was good to you.
For ANZAC Day this is so beautiful and tender
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