Children love an Easter egg hunt, and let’s admit it, grown-ups have fun too, especially when they see the children’s enjoyment and excitement in finding the eggs.
You can organise your own if you are lucky enough to have a garden, or another suitable area, but it is also possible to attend an organised hunt, and you can find out where these are by checking some of the links later in this article.
Or if you want a happy compromise between the two, consider getting together with other families whose children are schoolfriends of your children, or with family members.
Plan Your Hunt
If you are going to hold your own hunt, it is essential to plan it well in advance. You need to provide each child with some kind of basket or container in which to collect eggs. You also need to decide whether to provide chocolate eggs, hollow plastic ones with a treat inside, or a mixture of both.
Also, are you going to simply hide the eggs – which is fine for younger children – or do you need to provide clues to better hiding places, as with older kids? You may need to buddy younger children with slightly older ones who will help them, or make sure an adult is with each young child, to avoid little kids feeling left out and frustrated when older ones beat them to the eggs.
It is probably best to have a ‘base’ that each child comes back to when they have collected a certain number of eggs if you are not having a clue-driven hunt. Again, this is to keep things fair so that bigger/faster/smarter children do not grab the lion’s share.
And depending on where you live, you probably need to have a fall-back plan if the weather is wet and perhaps even cold as well, as it was in the UK in the last few years.
You may like a ‘theme’ for your hunt: if so, the Easter Egg Ideas site has some good ideas.
The children will need baskets in which to gather the eggs they find. You can find some nice wicker ones here on Amazon, but remember that some are very small and can be pricey and the quality may not be great, so read the small print and reviews. You can also pick them up at stationery stores and other places: for example, Works in the UK is selling them for only £1 each.
If younger children are taking part in the hunt, the baskets do need to be sized accordingly, and also you may not wish them to gather too much chocolate.
Decide What Type of Eggs
Not such a daft consideration – you may like to provide small chocolate ones, or alternatively, plastic ones with a toy inside. If you decide to go the latter route, you can buy empty plastic eggs and small items to go inside, but remember, whether you buy them separately or provided as one item, do not give anything with small parts to children under three years of age, as these items can be a choking hazard and young children do put anything they pick up into their mouths!
These gold hinged easter eggs are just one example of the many plastic eggs you can get to put your own treats inside, such as candy or a small toy. A lot of plastic eggs seem to have mixed reviews on Amazon. These seem better received than most. They come in a pack of 100 like this, or as a pack of 25, and are hinged to make them easier to fit together. They are not suitable for children under 5 years (most plastic eggs are labelled as unsuitable under 3 years, so maybe the sellers are being extra cautious).
Some eggs come with reasonable quality toys inside, such as dinosaurs or little dolls, but these are fairly expensive and tend to come in small quantities per pack. So it can work out cheaper to make up your own egg-and-toy combination. Remember to check the dimension of both toy and egg to ensure the toy will fit inside.
If You Prefer Chocolate – (And who doesn’t?)
Seriously, it’s probably good to have a mix of chocolate eggs with hollow plastic ones containing small toys or candy, just for variety.
But don’t overdo the chocolate, as the combination of excitement and chocolate and running around is not good for small tummies.
Below is just one example of the many you can get:
These are foil wrapped milk chocolate and Crisp Rice in a 3.5 oz or 100g packet. They also do a plain chocolate version in blue foil or a chocolate and coconut variety in green foil.
Picture Books about the Easter Egg Hunt
Books like this can be a fun way to introduce the idea of the Easter Egg Hunt to young children. You can build their anticipation for the great day.
This one is an easily affordable Kindle book for toddlers and early readers, currently low priced. It is a 38-page story showing how many unique bunnies can work together to make Easter baskets for all the boy and girls. [There was a problem with downloading to Kindle Fire so that’s why there are a few one star reviews on Amazon, but the author says they have fixed this and the other reviews are positive.]
You can also obtain board books, some featuring fold out flaps for children to discover springtime objects. Others have material patches to provide different tactile experiences for your child.
Organised Easter Egg Hunts
If you do not have a garden or somewhere else suitable, you could attend one of the many organised events. Here are a few links for some in the US and UK.
This Easter Egg Hunts and Events site allows you to find an Easter Egg hunt in almost every state in the US.
For the eighth year running, Cadbury are supporting the National Trust and National Trust for Scotland, sponsoring easter egg trails at over 300 locations in the UK.
Finally, have a good Easter egg hunt!
Top photo and ‘Chocolate Easter Egg and Candy’ both courtesy of Petr Kratochvil, PublicDomain.net