An Easter egg hunt is another way of saying, “Let’s have chocolate for breakfast!” Children not only enjoy the treats, they love the challenge and fun of tracking down those elusive eggs. With a little planning, you can host an Easter egg hunt that will satisfy children of any age.
1. Pick a date: Keep in mind that your guests (if they aren’t just your family) may have their own family lunches or dinners planned on Easter Sunday. It might be best to pick the Saturday for your hunt. Decide what time of day is ideal for your guests. Are there still children who nap? Morning is often the ideal time for people with young children.
2. Location: An Easter egg hunt can be held indoors or outdoors depending on the weather. Living in an apartment doesn’t mean you can’t have an outdoor event. You can use a nearby park or yard space around your building. To keep your guests safe, ensure that everyone knows the boundaries for the hunt. If you want to have an indoor party and need more space than your own apartment, you might be able to use your building’s party or community room if there is one. If you are doing the Easter egg hunt with your neighbours, consider spreading the hunt over several apartments.
3. Egg Production: Unless you are Martha Stewart and have staff to hand-paint the Easter eggs, you are better off using plastic eggs that can be opened and filled with jelly beans, chocolates or small trinkets. Prepare your eggs ahead of time and estimate at least twelve eggs per guest. Plastic eggs can be found at craft stores or dollar stores. Have some extra eggs and treats available for unexpected guests or late-comers.
4. Egg Collection: There are lots of container options for gathering Easter eggs. Use a traditional basket or make a trip to the dollar store for small Easter-themed bags with handles and simple containers such as colourful pails. You could also pick up some craft supplies and have the children decorate paper bags using markers, crayons and stickers.
5. An Egg Hunt for Every Age: If you are hosting a group of mixed aged children, you need to set up an Easter egg hunt that will allow everyone to find eggs. Try some of these ideas:
Toddlers - Put the eggs where they are clearly visible, whether they’re spread out over the living room floor or on a lawn outdoors. It’s a good idea to let the littlest ones start first since they are new to the game. If there are older children, enlist them to help the toddlers.
Ages three to six - Choose hiding places that aren’t too difficult, such as under tables, on window sills, at the base of trees, or on low branches. Have children hunt for specific eggs; for example, certain colours, or with certain letters or numbers on them. This will make the hunt more fun and the children may even help one another. Once they have collected their eggs correctly, they might receive a bigger prize such as a larger Easter chocolate, bubbles or crayons.
Ages six plus - Older children will enjoy looking high and low for their eggs. Hide them in bushes, on fences, in drawers or on top of doorways. For an additional challenge set a timer and whoever collects the most eggs during that time receives a special prize. You could also create a treasure map, or put clues inside the plastic eggs leading to other eggs or a bigger prize.
Finally, on the day of your Easter egg hunt, keep track of where you hid the eggs so that you can help direct children who might be having a hard time with the hunt. You want your guests to enjoy the challenge and not be disheartened if they can’t find eggs as quickly as their friends. You might reserve a special prize for the child who finds the fewest eggs. Once all the eggs have been found and emptied, collect the plastic eggs and put them away for next year.
Have a creative and happy Easter egg hunt!