Whether you've decided to host an Easter egg hunt for two or twenty kids, there is a lot more to planning the activity then just taking some eggs and throwing them out on the lawn for the little ones to find. While that may work, where is the fun in it? Check out these ideas for a unique Easter egg hunt and then share your best hosting tips. Hop to it!
Write out or draw a simple list of different types of eggs you'd like your child to find. For example, "3 Green Eggs, 4 Blue Eggs and 1 Polka-Dot Egg." Whoever finds all the eggs on their list first, wins a prize.
Find the BasketIf the Easter Bunny brings your child a basket along with Easter eggs, turn the Easter egg hunt into a search mission. Fill some of the eggs with a picture clue of where the basket can be found. If it's in your family room, for example, include drawings of items that can be found in that room, say a television, a couch and a fish tank. Once all the clues have been gathered, see if your little one can figure out where the basket has been hidden.
Make it a Team Effort
While it is fun to have kids search for Easter eggs on their own, it's also fun to work in teams. Pair kids up with grown-ups and have a three-legged Easter egg hunt. Or, if you are hosting a crowd and fear that the hunt will go too quickly, turn egg hunting into a relay. Line the participants up (if you have more than four kids, you can even make teams), letting each one go, one at a time, to find an egg.
Map it Out
Turn your hunt for Easter eggs into a hunt for treasure. Create a map using pictures, showing little ones where the eggs can be found. To make it more fun, have another map waiting with more clues in some of the spots you've designated.
Find Your Name
This is a good one for kids who recognize letters or who are just starting to. Write the names of your participants on eggs, putting one letter on each one. Then ask them to "find your name." For kids who aren't sure, have their names written out on a piece of paper so they know what to look for. The one who find their name the fastest wins a prize.
General Tips for a Successful Easter Egg Hunt
Make sure you have enough eggs -- figure about ten to twelve per child. To make sure everyone gets a fair amount, divide the kids by age into sections -- say three and under, four and five, and six and older. If the area isn't large enough or dividing the room or yard isn't practical, consider assigning each age group a color to look for.
Hide the eggs with varying degrees of difficulty that are age-appropriate. For little ones, eggs should be out in the open -- toss them on a blanket or in a sunny patch of yard. For preschoolers, choose "obvious" spots -- behind the door, on the couch, in the mailbox or a potted plant. Older children will expect to hunt a bit -- in drawers, up in a tree (carefully) and under a throw rug.
Set Some Ground Rules
To make sure that everyone has a good time, set some rules in advance. Set boundaries so kids know where they don't need to look (we never hide eggs in our bathroom for indoor hunts or past a certain fence when we are outside). If you need to, let kids know if there is a certain number of eggs they are allowed to find. If you don't want them to run, say so. It's important to make your wishes known before the fun begins.
If You are Outdoors, Have a Rain Date in Mind
Ideally, the day of your Easter egg hunt will be bright, clear and warm -- meaning, not wet. But sometimes the weather doesn't always cooperate so it is important for you to have an alternative at the ready. Whether you move everyone inside to a private home (yours or someone else's), are able to secure a larger location, or have a rain date in mind, make sure that all of your guests know the details of what is going to happen.