Easter egg hunts are a favorite activity for many kids and adults during the Easter holiday. Kids usually look forward to this fun, annual tradition. Adults enjoy it too because they get to set up the hunt and try to find good hiding spots for the eggs. If you are hosting an Easter get-together this year with your family, friends, or neighbors, here are some great Easter egg hunt ideas and steps to help you plan a successful hunt!
- Step 1: Location: The first thing to think about when planning your Easter egg hunt is where you want it to be held. This activity can be held indoors or outside in the yard depending on the weather. If you decide to have the Easter egg hunt outside, choose an area that is safe and has limited traffic. If you are having a large gathering or a neighborhood Easter egg hunt, you may want to also prepare an alternative rain date. If the egg hunt is for a smaller group, you can always just move it indoors.
- Step 2: Egg Preparations: Purchase small plastic Easter eggs based on the number of people that are going to be at the hunt. Typically between 15 and 20 eggs per person is a good number of eggs to prepare for an Easter egg hunt. If the hunt is with older children or if you want it to be a longer, more challenging activity, purchase more eggs to hide at the hunt. Fill the eggs with jelly beans, chocolate, coins, or any other small prizes. You can also use real eggs decorated in different colors. Then, when the kids turn in their eggs, each color is traded in for a specific prize (candy, toy, etc.).
- Step 3: Easter Bunny Egg Prize: Another great Easter egg hunt idea is to have one special “Easter Bunny” egg with a prize in it. To make this egg, you will need a plastic Easter egg, 2 medium white pompoms, 1 small pink pompom, 2 googly eyes, pink craft foam, glue, and scissors. Cut out two large bunny ears from the craft foam. Glue it to the top of the Easter egg, about one inch apart. Then, glue on the eyes below the bunny’s ears. Next, glue the pink pompom below the eyes in the middle of the egg. Then, glue the white pompoms below the pink one to form the bunny’s chubby cheeks. Fill the egg with a special candy or prize for the lucky kid who finds it!
- Step 4: Hiding Spots: Try to keep track of where you hide the Easter eggs. You can get creative and try to use harder hiding spots for the better prizes or for the older children’s eggs. Another Easter egg hunt idea is to write each child’s name on an egg. Hide these eggs based on the child’s age and how easy it will be for them to find. Each child can only pick up an egg with their name on it.
- Step 5: Day of the Event: Hand out bags, pails or Easter baskets for the kids to use at the egg hunt. If you see a kid having trouble finding eggs, help them out. An Easter egg hunt is meant to be a fun activity for everyone involved. You can give them a few hints so that they don’t get discouraged while participating in the egg hunt.