When it comes to Easter time, what’s more exciting than the food and the Easter bunny and the decorations? That one’s easy for me … the Easter egg hunt!
I can still remember the anticipation of our childhood Easter egg hunts. My brother and sister and I would have to sit in the living room, away from the windows, as my mom was out in the backyard hiding our eggs. We would have a specific list of how many eggs we could find, including color and size. (This ensured that we each found one of the tiny eggs because that was the best one — the one with a dollar in it!) The rest were filled with jelly beans, candy, or small toys/stickers. The Easter egg hunt was the best part of the holiday as a kid. And it can still be fun for adults as well!
Perhaps your family has its own special egg hunt tradition, or maybe you are looking to start a tradition of your own. Here are some ideas for different kinds of Easter egg hunts that kids and adults can enjoy.
Plan an Easter egg hunt with your immediate family.
Mom or Dad could be in charge of hiding and filling all the eggs. If your kids are old enough, each family member could be responsible for hiding and filling the eggs of a different family member. Color coding the eggs (for example, all blue eggs are Dad’s eggs) will help to make sure that everyone finds the same amount of eggs. Make sure you don’t feel limited to putting only candy in the eggs. Small toys, stickers, coins, nuts, and really anything small can fit in the eggs. If there’s nice weather, head outside! Rainy day? There are plenty of hiding spaces inside!
Take the basic Easter egg hunt mentioned above, but do it with a group of neighbors.
Assign each family a number of eggs to bring to the hunt, and tell them what to fill them with. (For example, one family fills their eggs with jelly beans, the next with stickers, etc.) Choose someone’s yard and have a neighborhood egg hunt. Follow up with a potluck brunch if you want to extend the activities!
Send a loved one on an Easter egg treasure hunt.
When I was in college, my husband (then boyfriend) sent me on an Easter egg hunt for my birthday present, which happened to be on Easter that year. It started with one egg. That egg had a clue in it that led me to the next egg (held by one of my friends) and a small gift. The clues described the friend that had the egg. I had a blast with this! The last egg led me back to him and my birthday present. Clues in eggs could also be used for young kids to lead them to various hiding spots around the house.
Need an Easter egg hunt idea for a group of young children?
This could be a church group, Girl Scout or Boy Scout group, play group, etc. Create this Easter egg mission. Gather a variety of colored eggs, and inside of one color, put clues about an animal (or sports team or holiday or month … anything goes.) For example, in five green eggs, put five different clues about a lion. Choose a different animal for each color egg. Break kids into teams. Hide the eggs, and when the mission starts, assign each team a color of egg. The team then has to find all the eggs, read all the clues, and come to the teacher/leader when they know the identity of their secret animal. First team to figure it out wins! This activity could be tailored to the classroom as well. For a geography class, put facts about countries in the eggs. For science class, put animals of a certain classification/species in the eggs. This activity can easily be tailored to age and interest of participants.
Don’t want to put on an Easter egg hunt of your own?
Check your local newspapers for listings on community egg hunts. Many communities will put on Easter egg hunts for children, free of charge. There might be a lot of kids there, so very young children may feel like they have to compete with older children. The perk, however, is an egg hunt that you don’t have to plan and one less thing on your holiday to-do list.
There are many ways to celebrate the Easter egg, and I hope that you’ve found an idea or two that you can use with your own family or friends. Happy egg hunting!