Central Minnesota’s Guide To Planning The Perfect Easter Egg Hunt
I love Easter because it’s the ultimate sign that spring is upon us. There’s nothing better than going outside with the family for the first time in months. When I was a kid I looked forward to my family’s Easter egg hunt every year.
Now that I’m older, I have fun being the person who hides the eggs for the younger kids in my family. I try to make the hunt fun for all ages. I put together a guide to help you plan your egg hunt to make it fun for every age range.
First, plan out how many kids will be participating in the egg hunt. Hide about 15-20 eggs per child.
Next, Consider your age range. You want to make sure your egg hunt is easy enough for the tiniest of tots as well as the pre-teens who might be hunting for the last time. Make sure you set up yard boundaries. You don’t want kids wandering off where there isn’t eggs.
Young children’s egg hunt:
1. Put the eggs in obvious spots. Consider spreading eggs out on the lawn in an open area. Make sure to tell the older children that these eggs are for the youngsters.
2. Hide eggs in the sandbox, the slide, or on the swing set. This will get your little ones moving around and having fun too. It’ll create good photo opportunities.
3. Separate the young kids from the older kids. My family would have an egg hunt in the front yard for the little kids and an egg hunt in the backyard for the big kids.
4. Consider giving the small children a head start. In my family the older kids always ended up making “bank” and the smaller kids would end up with a small handful of eggs. We decided to give the little ones a two minute head start.
Older kid’s egg hunt:
1. Hide eggs at various height levels. If you’ve got some tall kids participating, try hiding the eggs in trees, bushes or in shrubs.
2. Assign everyone a designated color. In my family, we made it more challenging by giving everyone a certain egg color. Kid “A” could only pick up blue eggs etc. This way, it makes it a lot harder.
3. If your hunt involves money, don’t actually put money in the eggs. Each year, there were always a few eggs that stayed missing. We’d end up stumbling across the melted candy bars over the hot summer months. Instead, consider writing the money value on a slip of paper and put the paper in the egg. At the end of the hunt have the kids calculate their findings and “cash” it into the “bank.”
4. Consider writing the year on the eggs. Sometimes our egg hunt would be so challenging that we’d lose a few eggs in the process. There were a few years where we found eggs from previous years still hiding in trees.
My family has encountered some inclement weather over the years and we’ve had to have our egg hunt indoors. Here are some good hiding spots for inside of your home.
10 indoor hiding spots:
1. Cereal box/ egg cartons
2. Slippers/ shoes
3. Coffee mugs and cups
4. Jacket/sweater pockets/mittens and gloves
5. Inside tissue boxes
6. Toy boxes
7. Book cases
8. Potted plants
9. Behind pictures
10. Inside couch cushions/chair cushions
Collect the eggs at the end of hunt and put them in storage for next year. There’s no sense in throwing them out. Kids only want what’s inside of the egg anyway! Do you have any egg hunting tips of your own to share?