Best-Ever Easter Egg Hunt

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Would you like to organize the best Easter egg hunt ever? Would you like to hear about different ways to do it, besides just putting chocolates everywhere? Have you ever tried to make a more complex Easter egg hunt, but failed?

Parents and students, this article will tell you just how to make the perfect Easter egg hunt for your children/siblings.

Plan the Easter Egg hunt. You will need to consider how many children will be participating, how many eggs you will be hiding, and how much space you have to hide them. Remember that the ages of the children will be an important factor. When children are older, you can make a long Easter egg hunt with lots of tricky clues. If they’re younger, it’s better not to make it too long, or they will lose interest. If you have a wide age range, remember to tell the older ones not to grab all the eggs that are in obvious places, but to leave some for the younger ones.

Decide if you will use clues, and if so, how you will make them. There are a few ways to do this.

You can put a clue in one place, which directs them to a second place, and a clue in that place, directing them to a third place, and so on, until they reach the place where the eggs are hidden.
You can make a big “nest” full of chocolate eggs, and make a map showing where it is. Then you can cut up the pieces of the map, and hide those.
You could find a really good hiding place, and make that the “treasure trove” (the treasure could be small toys or candy). You could write instructions to find the treasure trove, cut them up into sentences, tape the sentences onto chocolate eggs, and hide those.
You could verbally give each child a different clue to where the eggs are. Then they have to work together to find the eggs.
You can use objects for clues. This can be great for children who don’t like reading. You could draw little pictures of objects, or tape gold foil onto all the objects that are clues. For example, a frying pan could mean “Look in the kitchen.”
You can make the clues rhyme. If you are hiding a lot of clues at once, and the clues need to go in a particular order, the rhymes can help the children to put together the clues.
You can ask them questions. For example, ask them to recite certain Bible verses, or ask them questions from the Catechism. If they answer correctly, they get one point. If they answer incorrectly, they lose one point. For every three points they get, they get a clue to where the Easter Eggs are.

Here are some ways to enhance the Easter Egg hunt:

On Holy Saturday, ask the children to make Easter baskets and decorate them. They can decorate existing baskets, or fold baskets out of cardboard. They can put the eggs in the baskets, or you can keep the baskets, put candy in them, and hide them.
Try making eggs without chocolate. You could boil eggs, and decorate the shells. You can also paint stones, and use them for eggs. You might be able to buy plastic eggs that snap open and shut, and put treats in them (you can also put clues in these!) If you don’t want your children to have too much sugar, this can be a great way to have an Easter egg hunt.
Color-code the eggs for each child. For example, one child can be in charge of looking for blue eggs, another child for purple eggs. This can be great if you are catering for a wide age-range and don’t want the older children to get all the eggs and leave none for the younger ones.

Tips on Conducting the Easter Egg Hunt:

Make sure that the children aren’t watching you hide the eggs. It will ruin the Easter egg hunt if they know in advance where everything is.
Remember where you put the clues! It is very helpful to know where everything is, in case the children can’t find the eggs or clues.
Make sure that everyone knows what’s happening. If there are any rules (such as which rooms not to go in) be sure to tell your children.
Usually, it is better to go with your children as they look for eggs, rather than just saying “the eggs and clues are hiding, go find them.” That way, you can make sure that nothing goes wrong, and if they need help you can help them.
If they need help, give them a hint. Often children need a little help here and there when looking for things.
Try to keep the Easter egg hunt fun. Children can get very excited during Easter egg hunts. They may forget rules, or even start arguing with each other. Try not to get angry with them, but gently remind them what to do.

Tell us how your Easter egg hunt went in the comment section below!