Families celebrate Easter in a myriad of ways and many include a classic Easter egg hunt as part of their festivities. While there are often lots of community Easter egg hunts available, they can sometimes be crowded and intimidating – especially to younger children. So why not skip the public gathering this year and hold your own backyard hunt? We’ve got all the tips and tricks you’ll need to start a new tradition with success.
Tip #1: Skip the Hard-Boiled Eggs for the Hunt
While dyeing eggs is a fun part of Easter prep, holding an Easter egg hunt with real eggs can be asking for trouble. Best case scenario, younger kids may drop or throw them, creating a mess. Worse case scenario, all of the eggs may not be found – leading to an unwelcome stench a few days post-party.
Opt for mess- and smell-free plastic eggs instead. Depending on the preferences and ages of your guests, you can fill them with a number of goodies, ranging from stickers and play dough to candy and money. Or, if you’re looking for a more eco-friendly and reusable egg, try making your own watercolor wooden eggs.
If you or your guests have your heart set on including real eggs as part of your Easter festivities, you can always set up a special decorating station for kids to dye eggs after the hunt is over. A few of our favorite tips for less-mess dyeing include giving older kids paint brushes and watercolors to decorate with and placing the egg inside of a whisk for younger kids to dip into bowls of dye.
Tip #2: Have a Back-up Plan
While most Easter egg hunts will be held outside, it’s always a good idea to have a back-up plan in case bad weather strikes. Plan out a designated spot where the hunt could be moved inside if necessary. If you have a space that can be made dark, like a basement with the curtains that close, a glow-in-the-dark egg hunt using plastic eggs with glow sticks inside is an especially fun option.
Tip #3: Have Different Hunts for Different Ages
The more kiddos that are involved in an egg hunt, the more fun it is. But inviting lots of guests can lead to a group of children that spans a wide age-range. Help ensure that everyone has a good time (and the littlest party-goers don’t get trampled) by setting up different egg hunts for different age ranges. If you have the space, use streamers and homemade signs to designate the areas for the younger kids. If space is tight, do the big kid hunt first and then ask those party-goers to help you set up the hunt for the younger kids once they’ve found all their eggs.
Remember that kids up to age two don’t need much of a challenge, lots of eggs out in plain view is a perfect layout for them. Kids ages three to six can use a bit more of a challenge so feel free to tuck eggs into foliage and behind rocks. Finally, the oldest kids might enjoy an extra challenge. Assign each one of them a specific color egg and hide a different piece of a puzzle inside each egg of that color (along with the standard treats). Then award a special prize to whoever completes their puzzle first.
Tip #4: Get Festive with Your Menu
Pinterest is a virtual smorgasbord of ideas when it comes to seasonal treats and Easter is certainly no exception. To really excite the kids, pick one or two Easter-themed goodies to serve once the hunt is through. Many ideas involve utilizing plastic eggs as molds, such as these candy treats.
Organizing and hosting your first Easter egg hunt can feel like an overwhelming task but with these tips you’re sure to throw a party everyone will enjoy. Your place may just become the Easter gathering spot for years to come.
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