Hunting Easter eggs is one of the most well known Easter day activities for kids. My boys look forward to our egg hunt each year. For them, Easter is synonomous with a family Easter egg hunt. The idea of an Easter egg hunt is to hide eggs in places that make it a little bit tricky for your kids to find.
Here are some ideas on how to have a smooth and successful search & find Easter egg hunt with your kids. There is minimal preparation and it really is all about good planning.
Set a search boundary area to suit your child’s age
For younger kids, think small space areas. Larger boundaries are fabulous for your older kids who feel more comfortable with the bigger area. Before your kids start their egg hunt, give them a good idea of their limits. Use obvious natural boundaries that your kids recognise. This could be “no further than the end of the grass” or “only in the lounge room”.
Set up your expectations about egg consumption
Especially true if you’re hiding chocolate eggs. Will they eat the eggs as they find them? Or will they collect them all first, divide up later and eat as a portion control? Let them know your expectations before they start the egg hunt.
Become a meteorologist for the day
In NSW Australia, the weather at Easter can still be quite toasty during the day. That’s why we plan for an early-in-the-morning Easter egg hunt. There is nothing worse than your kid’s excitement deflated by the find of a melted chocolate Easter egg.
Hide a variety of Easter eggs
For younger kids, an Easter egg hunt is all about the discovery of the find. Who found the most number of eggs seems to be a popular strategy of your older kids. So that all children have a happy egg-finding balance, let your older kids know the rules of the egg hunt. Will your older kids have a limit to the number of eggs they can find? Can they only find the higher-hidden eggs and not the eggs that are below their waist level? Are there specific coloured eggs for your older or younger kids? Will your older kids have a separate Easter egg hunt?
Hide the eggs without the kids
This adds an element of surprise and challenge. It may involve a bit of parenting logistics- one of you becomes the egg hider whilst the other keeps your kids engaged in play away from the hiding area. Depending upon the age of your kids, this is not always as simple as it sounds!
Remember the eggs
Knowing where you have hidden the eggs is critical! Melted Easter eggs are not fun.
Kids are wonderful egg hunters and gatherers
Toddlers are a testament to the gatherer instinct! Give your kids time and space to find the hidden eggs by themselves. It’s so tempting to give them really specific clues when they’re close to an egg. Resist the urge and enjoy their delight in the find!
Create an Easter egg hunt base
A “base” is a spot where your kids know to return to after they’ve found their Easter eggs. Your base could be a picnic blanket, under a tree, a special seat or an egg collection pot. Let your kids know where the base is before they start their Easter egg hunt.
An Easter egg hunt is about…
Enjoyment, co-operation, persistence, sharing, taking turns and patience. Woah! These are pretty big lifelong virtues that appear differently for every age. Your kids may need help with some of these virtues to make your egg hunt successful.
Everybody loves one of the most traditional Easter games – the Easter egg hunt! Using these 10 simple Easter egg hunt tips, in addition to our age-based Easter Egg Hunting Spot Ideas for 2-10 Year Olds, you will have a really fun and enjoyable family Easter egg hunt.