EASTER EGG HUNT
Hiding Easter eggs year after year can become a drag. Who has the energy of an Easter Bunny to hop around and find clever hiding places for dozens of plastic eggs filled with treats?
As I pondered this question, the answer became the solution, namely, THE CHILDREN.
Children have the energy and they love to hide things. They’re also very creative, such as, hiding a yellow egg in the center of a yellow flower, or a blue egg in an area of stones.
Here’s how it works: ALLOW THE CHILDREN TO HIDE THE VARIOUS-COLORED EGGS, THEN SEARCH FOR JUST THEIR ONE COLOR. Toddlers to teenagers together enjoy this egg hunt because there are no losers, and no one feels cheated.
I first tried this idea with five young grandchildren. One grandson said, “Grandma, are you sure you thought this through? If we hide the eggs, we’ll know where they are.” I just said, “Trust me, please.” Who was the last child to find all his eggs? My little doubter.
1. Obtain multiple eggs in different colors – one or two colors for each child.
2. Have a bag for each child’s eggs. Put a child’s name on each bag.
3. Gather treats to put in the eggs, such as wrapped candy, stickers, balloons, coins, erasers, etc.
(Enough of every treat for each child to get one or more.)
4. Fill the first set of assorted eggs, putting the same treat in one egg of each color.
5. Put one of these eggs in each child’s bag.
6. Repeat steps 4 & 5, using the different treats, until all the eggs are filled.
7. Prepare 4” strips of paper, one for each child. At one end of each paper write the name of a color you are using in the eggs.
(For toddlers, identify the color with crayon.)
THE GAME BEGINS
1. Give each child their bag of multi-colored eggs. Tell them what areas they can hide the eggs, plus any rules, such as, not
completely covering the egg, etc. Remind them not to lose their bag.
2. When it’s time to search for the eggs, hold out the 4” strips of paper, hiding the ends that indicate the color. Have each
child choose a strip and tell you their color.
3. Explain that they are only allowed to gather eggs in their color. If they see another color of egg, don’t tell anyone, and
don’t move it. Tell them how many eggs they should find.
4. When they have all their eggs, come back to you, but don’t open the eggs yet.
5. If little children have trouble finding their eggs, let older children help them, or team a little child with an older child.
6. It’s best to have all the children open their eggs at the same time where adults who are present can enjoy watching.
7. The children can put their treats in their paper bag and give you the eggs for next year.