What is Easter party without an egg hunt? Easter egg hunts are fun for kids old and young. As you plan your Easter party, set the tone with stylish Easter party invitations. Be sure to include that you’ll be having an Easter egg hunt so guests will know what to expect. Whether its an egg hunt for a handful of your child’s friends or kids from the entire neighborhood, our tips are sure to help you pull off an outstanding event.
1. Set the time to reflect the participants’ schedule. It might be easier to host an egg hunt for the neighborhood before Easter Sunday, as many families will be at church or traveling to their celebrations that day. You also want to consider what time of day would be best. Late morning or afternoon is the most popular choice. If hosting on Easter Sunday, having the event in the afternoon would be better, as many people attend services in the morning.
2. Know your egg hunters. Easter egg hunts are great for all ages, from toddlers to adults. The age of the participants is important to help determine what treats to put in the eggs, as well as where the eggs will be hidden. If your hunt is only for young children, hide the Easter eggs in places they can reach. For the youngest kids, you can blanket a lawn with eggs for easy picking. For the four to six age group, place eggs in slightly more obscure spots (like porches, windowsills or potted plants). For older kids, stow eggs higher in trees, in bushes, atop car tires, and in mailboxes. If some adults will be participating in the hunt, set aside some eggs especially for them. Hide the eggs in very obscure and high places.
3. Make sure the venue fits the number and age of participants. Plan ahead where you will be hosting the Easter egg hunt. If you plan to have the event outdoors, remember to have a backup plan just in case the weather does not cooperate. Hide the eggs in a large area if possible to make it even more fun for the children. If hosting a block or neighborhood egg hunt, you may also consider spreading the hunt over several adjacent yards, or even hosting in a nearby park. If you prefer an indoor hunt, or have no other option, be sure to spread the hunt over several rooms and only hide the eggs in place you would want the participants to look.
4. Have helpers. When it comes time for the event, there will always be too many tasks to handle. Ask for some help from your spouse, neighbor, or a friend. This is such a fun event, they will be happy to be a part of it.
5. Designated a very clear area for the hunt. Before hiding the eggs, set a boundary for where the eggs will be hidden. For example, with an outdoor hunt you may set the boundary as the backyard and no eggs will be hidden beyond the fence. You will want to communicate the boundary to the children participating. All of this will help keep everyone in the same area and will help with safety. In a group of children, one child’s absence could go un-noticed for a while and you definitely don’t want any child wandering away from the group.
6. Make a list of all the hiding places. It is a good idea to have a list of places where you will be hiding the eggs. With the list you can go about hiding the eggs or the clues in a planned manner. While the hunt is on the list would come in handy to direct children to some of the unfound eggs.
7. Follow “color codes” or have different areas marked for different age groups. Following a color code makes it easier to manage the egg hunt if you have different aged children. To do this, have different age groups of children look for a different color of egg. Another option is to having separate areas for different age groups. Either ways ensure that the younger kids do not get shoved or pushed around by the older ones, and everyone gets a fair share of the eggs.
8. Give away a couple of random prizes. The egg hunt should be all about having fun. Its not a competition. Rather than a big prize for the child who found the greatest number of eggs, plan on having a couple of random prizes including one for the child with the most eggs found. Here are some other ideas for special prizes:
- Hide some special “jeweled eggs” or “golden eggs” with special prizes. If you have different age groups, you can give instructions that only the young age group can find the “red jeweled egg”, and the older age group can find the “green jeweled egg”, etc.
- Hide an egg with a special prize mentioned on a note inside. The child who finds it gets a gift . It could be a friendship band or any other trinket, or maybe a book or a gift card.
- Announce a “hard luck” prize at the end of the hunt for the child who finds the least number of eggs.
- A prize could also be given to the child who found the egg in “the sneakiest hiding place.”
9. Fill up the eggs! The fillers for plastic eggs could be fuzzy chicks, temporary tattoos, stickers, small toys, friendship bracelets, coins, candy or even play dough. Children will love opening all of their eggs and discovering their treasure. If you also have adults participating in your hunt, you can even put special treats in the eggs that only adults would find. The adults are sure to appreciate things like Godiva chocolates, chocolate covered coffee beans, movie tickets, gift cards, etc.
10. Be safe when hiding eggs. Keep these things in mind.
- Keep hidden eggs far from electrical outlets or plugs.
- Do not hide eggs in holes in tree trunks or the ground.
- Hide eggs at or below the eye level of your children.
- Do not hide eggs around fragile, glass or breakable items.
- Keep eggs out of thorny plants and other foliage that may be poisonous.
- Do not hide eggs in any animals home, food bowl or play area.
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