The mother of all scavenger hunts
Aside from the return of warmer weather and seeing those first beautiful green shoots poking out of your long-dormant garden, one of the sweetest things about spring is celebrating the season with a fun and fabulous Easter egg hunt.
We’ve compiled some great tips and suggestions from epicurious.com for making this year’s hunt your most wonderfully egg-citing ever!
- Before you even start hiding eggs, count how many you have so you’ll know when they’ve all been found.
- Keep your audience in mind. Toddlers will need to have the eggs clearly visible and children between three and six will need eggs hidden in fairly obvious places, but children older than six will enjoy the challenge of harder-to-find eggs.
- If you’re worried about making things fair for a group of children, assign a color to each child and tell them to only pick up eggs that are their assigned color. You could also label each egg with the name of a child if that’s easier. Not only does this method ensure that every child will eventually find the same number of eggs, it also makes the hunt more challenging.
- Older children might enjoy math-based hunts. Give each egg color a value and have the children count up their score at the end of the hunt. The winner could receive an extra bonus gift.
- Make it a true treasure hunt by creating a map of your house or yard featuring clues that will help kids find the eggs’ hiding spots.
- Feature time challenges throughout the duration of the hunt to make it more exciting. For example, have everyone search for two minutes and then return with whatever eggs they’ve found. Whoever has found the most eggs during that round wins a small prize. Carry on in this manner until all the eggs have been discovered.
- Hide one or two “golden eggs” to make the hunt even more exciting. Those special eggs could be turned in for a larger prize, like a big chocolate bunny, a gift certificate from a favorite store or another sweet treat.
As for what kind of eggs to hide, there are a few possibilities. Chocolate eggs wrapped in foil are fun because they become the “prize” at the end of the hunt. But edible eggs are probably best for indoor hunts (less chance of them melting in the sun or being scooped up by animals). Just remember to be careful if you have pets in the house because chocolate is toxic to cats and dogs who might mistake hidden eggs for treats. Plastic eggs are great for hunts that involve trading in your collected eggs for a prize, and plastic eggs that double as small containers can have prizes right inside—smaller chocolate eggs, candy or other small treats are great egg stuffers. For more inspiration, Feels Like Home has a list of 101 things you can put in plastic eggs.
You can certainly hard boil and dye real eggs for your hunt, but it’s particularly important to count them and remember exactly where you’ve hidden them if you’re using real eggs. There’s nothing worse than the smell of a forgotten Easter egg after a few weeks. Visit Real Simple for a simple, 5-step egg dying lesson.
Whatever method you decide and whatever kind of hunt you plan, enjoy this happy ritual of spring!
For more sweet Easter egg hunt ideas visit Kids Play and Create
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