Every year we do a lot of Easter activities together as a family. Our Easter activities include coloring Easter eggs, making Easter crafts for kids and hosting neighborhood Easter egg hunts every year. What started off as me hiding a few Easter eggs for my kids, has evolved into a neighborhood Easter tradition!
Although we used to go to local Easter egg hunts, I decided to begin hosting Easter egg hunts at our home when I saw that some children left the town Easter egg hunts disappointed because in the mad dash of dozens of kids, they only found a few eggs or none at all. Easter activities are supposed to be fun for all kids, not just the fast ones!
So I decided to run my Easter egg hunts a little differently. Every child who comes to our Easter egg hunts finds the same amount of eggs. How do I guarantee that? Do I become the Easter egg police? No. It just takes some organization and a lot of different kinds of plastic Easter eggs!
Here’s how I make sure the kids who come to our Easter egg hunts leave happy.
1. I buy ten eggs of various patterns, including polka dots, flowers, stripes, pastels, solids, metallic, speckled and even eggs that look like footballs and soccer balls.
(Since the number of kids who come to our Easter egg hunts keeps growing, I have created additional patterns on plastic eggs by buying solid colored eggs and using a permanent marker to add patterns like stars, asterisks, triangles, etc.)
2. I assign each egg pattern to a specific child and write it down.
(Now that my girls are older, they like to pick the egg pattern they want and then assign patterns for their friends.)
3. I buy small treats and toys and put one or two in each egg, including candy, stickers, bouncy balls, tattoos, rings, erasers, and whistles. I’ve also included quarters.
4. I buy Easter gift bags for each child and label them with their name. Then I draw on the bag an Easter egg with their pattern so they know which egg pattern they are to find.
5. Then of course I hide over a hundred plastic eggs around my yard! I wait to do this until about an hour before the hunt so the sun doesn’t melt the candy inside the Easter eggs.
6. When the kids arrive at our home, I hustle them in the door so they don’t look around the yard and spot eggs before the Easter egg hunt begins.
7. I remind the kids that each of them gets to find 10 Easter eggs and that they’re only to find the Easter eggs with their pattern. I also tell the kids not to tell each other if they find someone else’s Easter egg.
I know it sounds like a crazy control freak is running this hunt, and that may be true, but the kids absolutely love these Easter egg hunts! They not only know the rules already, but appreciate them because everyone gets to hunt the same number of Easter eggs at their own pace.
So if you’re looking for a fun Easter tradition to do with your family and friends, I highly recommend Easter egg hunts where every child goes home happy!