Steps to Plan an Egg Hunt
Instructions for Planning an Easter Egg Hunt:
1. Start with assorted sizes of plastic eggs. Figure about a dozen eggs per participant in the easter egg hunt, more or less depending on their ages. These eggs are best purchased the week after Easter for a fraction of what they cost right now, but if you don’t have any think of it as an investment for the future as they will be used over and over. I highly recommend the hinged eggs with a small hinge on the side so the two ends stay together (there’s always the child who just just can’t wait to open their eggs, leaving you with multiple pieces to not only hunt but also piece back together) for an easter egg hunt.
2. Buy small wrapped candies, plastic toys, erasers, balls, dolls, hair clips, etc. Be creative, I prefer the Easter theme on these, but anything goes. Target is usually a good source for items as is the online Oriental Trading Company if you are doing a large scale easter egg hunt. I say wrapped candies, again for that child that can’t wait, so no one ends up eating candy off the ground. Coins of different values are a great idea for older children – then have them practice adding up the value after the Easter egg hunt.
3. Have at least one “golden egg” in your easter egg hunt – a large yellow egg with an extra special prize. Maybe a coupon, a small stuffed animal or some paper money.
4. Fill the eggs and hide them anyplace you can think of, keeping the ages in mind. Put eggs out on the grass for the little ones and more difficult places including up in the trees for the older crowd. You’re now ready to begin the Easter egg hunt.
5. Give everyone a basket and explain the rules. Rules are a) only the littlest ones can pick the eggs visible on the grass and b) only one golden egg per child (if you chose to have more than one).
6. Turn on the video camera on and holler “go”. The easter egg hunt is on!
Variations to the Egg Hunt
Some Additional Options/Variations Of The Easter Egg Hunt:
A. You can time the Easter egg hunt and give a prize to the first person to collect a certain number of eggs.
B. If you have multiple ages, you can let the little ones go first and let the big ones watch with anticipation for 5-10 minutes.
C. You can use real colored hard boiled eggs instead of the plastic ones. If you do, be sure to check Eat By Date to find out the proper storage for your hard boiled eggs and to find out how long chocolate will last (if you used chocolates).
D. If you want to ensure that everyone in your easter egg hunt receives the same prizes in the end, you can have a series of items duplicated for each color of egg. Then assign each child only one color of egg to hunt.
E. You can have an easter egg hunt anywhere, we did it in a motel room one year when we went away for Easter. Like I said, my kids won’t let this tradition pass – no matter what!