It’s almost universal: Kids love to hunt for Easter eggs and adults love to organize the hunt. Every family has its own egg hunt traditions, but here are steps anyone can use for planning so you can avoid chaos on the day of the event.
Step 1: Date and Time
The most popular days are Easter Sunday and the Saturday before Easter Sunday. Early afternoon, just after lunch, is the ideal time for a party.
Step 2: Boundaries
To keep the children from traveling afar you need to establish boundaries for the hunt. It could be as simple as the front garden, or you might have to set out stakes with coloured flags for a larger area. This is the time to protect sensitive areas of the garden you don’t want disturbed.
Step 3: Eggs
Plastic or real eggs—it’s your choice. If you decide on plastic you can enlist a team of kids to fill the eggs with small treats. If you go for real eggs, you and the kids can have fun dying them the day of the hunt or the day before.
In 1985, the U.S. town of Homer, Georgia set the world record with 80,000 eggs for 950 people. You certainly won’t need that many, but plan on five to fifteen eggs per child—and keep a count of the total.
Step 4: Decorations
Set out pastel-coloured streamers and blowup bunnies in the garden. Hang colorful eggs from trees.
Step 5: Hiding
If you’ve invited children of all different ages to your hunt you need hiding places in different levels.
You might want to keep a list of where you hide the eggs so you can pick up any that the hunters don’t find. You don’t want to leave food lying around the garden for animals to find.Obvious places are perfect for 3-5 year olds: on the lawn, on the steps, etc. For the five-to-nine year olds; hide eggs under shrubs, on window ledges, and in flowerpots. Be careful not to put any eggs in nettles or other thorny plants. Challenge the older children with eggs in the post box, in tree crotches, and on higher ledges.
Some experienced Easter egg hunt planners use different coloured eggs for the different age groups. That way the older children don’t pick up the eggs meant for the little ones.
Step 6: The Hunt
For all your preparations, the actual hunt will take very little time. Have enough adults on hand to settle disputes and dispense plasters.
Step 7: Prizes
Whether or not to give prizes is a subject of debate. It’s probably not a good idea to give a prize for the most eggs collected, but you can come up with other prize-worthy finds: eggs with special designs, “Winner” notes in plastic eggs, etc.
Step 8: Enjoy
You’ll have as much fun watching the children as they will have searching for the eggs. Take photos, even videos. Capture these precious moments, because in a wink of the eye they’ll claim to be too old for this fun event.