An Easter egg hunt is a great way to celebrate Easter! Its great fun for all ages and especially for children. Looking fr hidden chocolate is a magical time for a child and a hunt is a great way to incorporate the whole family.
Plan the time
Think about when will be the best time for the hunt – morning, afternoon or evening. Remember to consider nap times for younger children and mealtimes. Overloading on chocolate before lunch time or tea time isn’t a good idea, and too much excitement and sugar before bedtime will result in hyper active kids not wanting to settle down and sleep.
Plan the hiding places
If there are young children participating in the egg hunt, consider your hiding places. Stay away from breakables or anything valuable as they may get knocked over in the excitement of the hunt! Also, consider height – keep prizes below adult knee height in order for everybody to be able to reach.
Creating a buddy system will really help the younger children to keep up and keep the bigger children from going too fast! Pair up smaller children with older children to encourage teamwork.
Consider the participants ages remembering that toddlers and young children may become tired easily and wont be able to walk as far or reach as high as bigger children.
Chose your boundary areas. You may want to keep a hunt all in doors or outdoors or maybe just use the ground floor and garden. You probably wont want children running all over the house with dirty shoes on. Remember that an all outdoors hunt may be disrupted by the weather, and younger children need to be fully enclosed so make sure there is no way of them escaping. Searching in the wrong place will become boring for children so make sure nobody is wasting time in the wrong places.
Try to keep all participants attention by keeping it small so kids don’t get bored. A long hunt may become tedious to younger children.
Start off with smaller prizes and gradually work your way up to maybe a large Easter egg or toy prize. Instead of just using chocolate, maybe mix it up with some cute Easter themed animals. (I got some fluffy chicks, lambs and bunnies from Poundland which I will be using for my hunt) You could also grade prizes in accordance to the difficulties of the clues.
Get kids involved by having them make signs a day or two in advance or even Easter morning if the hunt is planned for the afternoon. You could also decorate some eggs to pinpoint locations.
You may find individually labeled baskets will avoid arguments and mix up when/if they are put down. Maybe colour coordinate baskets and eggs so each child knows which is theirs. For example, if you have three children one can be blue, one can be pink and one yellow.
Create a base
Set up a base so all participants end up in the same place come the end of the hunt.
Maybe make clues that are rhyming so it makes it more interesting to read. For example, “You will have to dig, next to Peppa Pig” or “Find something yummy next to the baby’s dummy”
Use A Map
Keep a list/plan of were you have hidden the eggs are so you don’t forget and miss some, only to find a melted mess a few weeks later.
You could include family names to make the clues slightly more personal like a child’s favourite possession or their bedrooms.
I hope this helps to make your Easter egg hunt a little bit more plain sailing!