What better way to celebrate Easter than with a well-prepared Easter egg hunt full of surprises for children? Chocolate eggs or bunnies, the sound of rattlesnakes, a basket… On these dates, the Easter egg hunt is an excellent activity for children, with family or friends. However, organising an Easter egg hunt requires some preparation to preserve the magical and surprise effect children love so much.
To help you better organise your Easter egg hunt, here are our tips and tricks to make this moment successful.
1. Choose and define the area for the Easter egg hunt
First, you need to determine where the egg hunt will take place. You can organise it in your garden, at a friend’s house, or even in a public park or small forest area. If you choose a public space, you can hang crepe paper tapes on some trees to delimit the Easter egg hunt area, to guide the children and prevent them from getting lost.
You can also enjoy this activity in certain places, such as zoos or amusement parks in your area, which organise events dedicated to egg hunting with lots of surprises and a unique theme.
2. Estimate the right number of eggs per child
Easter always goes with Easter eggs! For a perfect activity, you must estimate the right amount of eggs and chocolate bars in an equitable and adapted way for children. Depending on the ages and the number of children searching for eggs, it is essential to buy the right amount of sweets and ensure they are varied. Some chocolate bars may not be suitable for young children, for example, due to their size or consistency —estimate, on average, about ten chocolate eggs or bunnies per child.
3. Decorate Easter eggs
The long-awaited time to decorate Easter eggs has arrived! If you don’t want to buy ready-made eggs, you can decorate and personalise them for this fun event. Of course, eggs can contain small toys or several candy bars inside. Finally, tell the children that the Easter bunny brought the eggs to the garden.
4. Easter basket delivery
To collect the eggs, each child will need their own Easter basket. Easter baskets are usually baskets painted and decorated for the occasion. You can also buy baskets specifically decorated for egg hunting.
5. Where to hide Easter eggs?
Hiding places in an outdoor environment
So where to hide the eggs? Of course, this will depend on the children’s age and height or ability to search for eggs in more complex places. Next to trees, in the hole of a trunk, in the middle of a bush, in a watering can, inside garden clogs, in the tool shed, or even on the grass. Place the eggs alone, in pairs or three together at most.
Indoor hiding places
If you decide to place your eggs indoors, there are many possible hiding places! Here are some suggestions: shoes, clothes drawers, cups, under a bed, toy boxes, coat pockets, fruit bowls, pillows, shoe boxes, next to indoor plants, in the bathroom closet, in a suitcase or even in the microwave… Get creative and go ahead with the egg hunt! Easter is a pleasant and unforgettable time for children and parents, who can keep unique memories.
Another original idea is to hide a special egg, for example, a golden, silver or glitter egg, among all the other eggs. Whoever finds it will be rewarded with a bigger surprise (chocolate, toy, candy…), giving even more enthusiasm and adding a challenge to the search for eggs.
Tips for finding eggs for very young children
As mentioned, organising an egg hunt for very young children can be quite different and complex. To make them dream even more, use storytelling. You can be inspired by different versions and stories that explain where Easter eggs came from, from flying Easter bells, causing eggs to fall from the sky and land on low tree branches, shrubs, a swing or a slide, to the Easter bunny or the cuckoo, according to the traditions of different countries. The story will motivate children to search for and collect eggs.
We also recommend colour-coding eggs to ensure a fair hunt, as young children find eggs much more slowly than their older siblings. For example, you can decide that all pink eggs are reserved for children under five years old. Other children should not pick them up and should leave them in plain sight of the little ones.