Exciting Easter Egg Hunt Ideas

For kids, the Easter holiday brings warmer spring weather, new pastel-colored Easter clothes, the Easter bunny and lots of fun. One of the best parts of the celebration is the chance to think up new Easter egg hunt ideas. This year, you can hold an Easter egg hunt that kids of all ages will enjoy.

The Basic Easter Egg Hunt
If your children are young and time is limited, you can plan a basic Easter egg hunt in your backyard. This basically involves filling brightly colored plastic Easter eggs with candy and hiding them in your yard for the kids to find. Preparation doesn't take long, and the basic hunt is perfect for those with children five and under.

Variations on a Theme
Older kids may enjoy an Easter egg treasure hunt. This adventurous hunt can even be held inside if bad weather is in the forecast. In this Easter egg hunt, the children are given a plastic egg at the beginning. Inside the egg is a clue to where the next egg is hidden. The kids follow the trail of Easter eggs and clues until they reach the big prize. The big prize can include a large Easter egg filled with candy, an Easter basket, a holiday video or a big, fuzzy, stuffed bunny.

You can also make the basic Easter egg hunt more exciting for older kids by putting special items, such as small toys, gift certificates or coins, inside the plastic Easter eggs. Make one or two special eggs with larger prizes in them, such as a small amount of money or a movie ticket. Limit these prizes to one per person. You also want to remember where you hid them just in case no one finds them.

Another fun idea for an Easter egg hunt is to have the children come dressed as the Easter bunny. Encourage them to create their own contest. When the Easter egg hunt is over, the children can stand before a panel of parent judges. Be creative with your categories, and hand out prizes for the funniest Easter bunny, the silliest and the softest. Make sure everyone who participated gets a prize.

For especially creative kids and parents, children can design their own Easter baskets before they go on the egg hunt. Set up a table with craft supplies such as glue, stickers, construction paper and something that can be used for a basket. You'll be amazed at what kids can do with the bottom half of empty, clean two-liter soda bottles. On the Web, Kids Kreate also has directions for making Easter baskets out of paper sacks under their holiday section.

Hunts for Different Age Groups
Parents need to make sure, when planning an Easter egg hunt, that the egg hunt is fair. Two-year olds shouldn't have to compete with teenagers. One way to do this is to hold your Easter egg hunt in a large park or field. Mark off specific areas for various age groups. Sample age groups are three and under, four through six, first through third grade and fourth through sixth grade. Obviously, you would hide the eggs more in plain sight for the younger children than you would for the older ones.

Keep It Safe
You want the kids to have a good time, but one of the biggest problems at an Easter egg hunt is children falling down or running into each other. You can prevent this with some simple safety rules and adult supervision. Have a no-running rule, spread adults out across the egg hunt and keep bandages on hand in case anyone takes a tumble.

When planning an Easter egg hunt for small children, beware of choking hazards. Don't put tiny hard candies or coins inside their eggs. For all ages, chocolate can also melt and be messy, so you want to keep in mind how long the eggs will be in the heat. Use only plastic eggs, not hard-boiled ones, which can go bad quickly in the warmer weather.

Make It Fair
Establishing some ground rules can prevent hurt feelings. Don't let one or two kids grab all the eggs. Decide ahead of time how many eggs a child can pick up. Once they have reached their limit, take them off the field or encourage them to help a friend. If you have special prizes for the Easter egg hunt, make sure they are in distinctive eggs and allow only one per child. These simple steps will allow for a fun-filled, exciting Easter egg hunt.

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