Spring is in the air and so is Easter! Traditional family fun often includes an Easter egg hunt that will surely please every child. Part of the fun for adults is the planning phase. Whether it’s for your church, school, or family get-together, you can easily find supplies and goodies to make your hunt the talk of the town.
The larger your hunt, the more help you will need. Don’t be hesitant to as for assistance. Get everyone involved and make precise lists for adults. Let them know what they can bring and how they can help decorate. Communication is crucial to the success of your Easter egg hunt, so don’t be shy.
Weather permitting, the great outdoors is the best place to hold your hunt. A large back yard, a park, or a schoolyard will have plenty of nooks and crannies to hide Easter eggs. Before you begin planning the details, make sure the location is available. Unless everyone wants to get wet, have a back-up plan for rainy weather. Your second choice will need to be indoors where there are places to hide the eggs. Alternatively, you can plan another date and/or time in advance to hold the hunt if your first choice gets rained out. Some kids would rather set out in the rain than wait but under no circumstances should you have the hunt if it’s too chilly or if there’s thunder or lightening.
You can keep this simple or make this an Easter party activity by having each kid decorate their own Easter basket. This is a great school or church activity. You can provide each child a basket, some ribbons, stickers, construction paper, candy, and glue and let them have at it. If you’re on a tight budget, have the kids bring their own “egg receptacle” to decorate. Other ideas are shoeboxes, milk cartons, heavy paper bags, gift bags, and any small boxes or plastic containers with no sharp edges. Keep in mind that items with handles that won’t break are most convenient. After decorating, fill the bottoms with shredded Easter grass or paper to pad the treasures they will find while out on the hunt.
You’ve probably seen them everywhere in stores. You know, those hollow, colorful plastic eggs that can be separated and snapped back together? These eggs are inexpensive, safe, and make a fine alternative to real eggs. Of course, no child wants an empty egg so this is why you need to get creative and find some goodies to fill them with. It doesn’t have to be just candy. This is where you will find variety if you assign several parents to provide and fill the eggs. Besides jellybeans, ideal egg-fillers include money, small toys (no sharp edges,) stickers, and even gift certificates to fast-food restaurants. Do not fill the eggs with anything that can be a choking hazard if your guests are very young.
If they didn’t bring their own, pass out the Easter baskets, give some quick instructions, and declare that the Easter egg hunt has begun. If the kids vary greatly in age, you may let the younger crowd get a head start or designate a special area for them so that they’ll have plenty of opportunity to find some eggs. Variations to the game include assigning each child a color, labeling eggs with names, putting clues (along with candy) to an “ultimate” egg inside eggs or simply having a free-for-all. A special, “ultimate” egg, can offer a grand prize such as a plush bunny, gift certificate, large Easter basket, or whatever you can come up with.
To avoid any sad faces, have some extra eggs to hand out to those who came up short. This strategy works well for any party or competition when younger children are involved. To make things fair, you may consider setting an “egg limit” and have each child return when they have collected the given amount of eggs. Of course, this requires closer planning as you will need to know how many children will attend the Easter egg hunt, how many eggs they will be assigned, and hide the appropriate amount of eggs along with some extras.
Adult supervision is always necessary to keep children from getting lost, and away from traffic and harmful areas. The youngest ones should have a parent shadow them and help only when necessary; giving them freedom but keeping them out of danger.