What better way to begin your Easter celebration than with a fun activity that combines all the great things about the Easter holiday. Spring, family, warmer weather, Easter eggs, and candy. You know what it is. Easter egg hunt! A great Easter tradition that brings the whole family together and turns us all into big kids again. Running through the yard with our children in search of brightly colored plastic eggs filled with delicious goodies. Even, your teen may put down their smartphone for a few minutes to join in on the fun. So, what are you waiting for? Follow these tips and learn how to plan the perfect Easter egg hunt for your family.
How Many Eggs Should I Hide?
A good number of eggs to use is 12-15 per child. However, you may need to raise or lower your number, depending on the amount of space that you have to work with and the number of kids who will be participating. For example, if you are having your egg hunt indoors or in a small area outdoors, you’ll want to use a few less eggs per child. Otherwise, you’ll run out of hiding places quickly, and it will be less of a challenge for your older participants. Now, if your egg hunt will be in a larger area, the number of eggs really doesn’t matter that much. You can use as many as you want. Just remember, the more eggs you use, the longer your egg hunt will last.
What Should You Put In The Eggs?
Of course, candy is always sure to please, but if you’d like to mix it up a little try out some of these cool egg filler ideas:
- Die Cast Cars
- Finger Puppets
- Play Jewelry
- Lip Gloss
- Silly Putty
- Hair Clips
- Bouncy Balls
- Play Doh
Remember to keep the toys age appropriate. If you have toddlers participating in your egg hunt, you don’t want to be putting hard candies, silly putty and small toys in their eggs. Instead, you could use goldfish crackers, raisins, animal crackers, stickers, Play Doh, and small plush animals.
Where To Hide The Eggs
Where you decide to hide your eggs will depend on the ages of the children who are participating. For toddlers and small children, you’ll want to place their eggs low to the ground in plain view, like shallow grassy or gravel areas. For older children, the sneakier the hiding place the better. Up in the trees, in the bushes, on swing sets…anywhere that’s not in plain sight. Make it a challenge. But, what if your egg hunt will include both younger and older children? Not to worry, try using one of three methods:
1) Have separate egg hunts for different age groups. Separate the children into three age categories: 4 and under, 5-8, and 9 and up.
2) Have separate areas designated for different age groups. Of course, doing it this way will take quite a bit of room. So, if you are planning to hold your egg hunt in a smaller sized area this probably won’t be the best choice for you.
3) Have different colored eggs for each age group. For example, blue eggs for kids under 4, red eggs for kids 5-8, and yellow eggs for ages 9 and up.
If you want to make the egg hunt a little more exciting, hide one special egg and offer a grand prize to whoever finds it first. Prize ideas: Cash, Gift Certificate, an Easter basket filled with candy and toys, a DVD, a board game, kids crafts, basketball or football, coloring set, building sets, and play doh sets. It can really be anything you want, just make sure that whatever prize you choose will make a great gift for a boy or a girl.
A Few More Easter Egg Hunt Tips:
- Purchase your egg hunt supplies at your local dollar store. They will have everything you need (plastic eggs, buckets, candy, small toys) for about half the price of competing retailers.
- Use paper bags instead of buckets or baskets to save some money. Set out some coloring supplies, and allow the kids to decorate their bags before the egg hunt.
- Only allow participants to pick up a certain number of eggs to keep the game fair for everyone.
- You know what they say, “April Showers, Bring May Flowers”. Make sure you have a rain date.
- Can’t find a place to have your egg hunt? Try your local park.