With Easter right around the corner, it's time to start planning a stellar Easter Egg hunt! Here are a few tips that will be sure to keep everyone "hoppy"!
Pick the right location
First, decide if you'd like to have your hunt indoors or outdoors. Indoors will give you lots of challenging hiding spots, but may not be good if you have a larger group. Outdoors, you'll want to make sure the area is safe, you'll be able to keep an eye on everyone hunting, and there's no dangerous debris or obstacles. If a backyard is available, that's a great way to keep everyone contained but still have space for a larger hunt.
Check out the dollar store for eggs and prizes
A local dollar store is a great place to pick up a variety of plastic eggs to fill as well as some prizes to stuff them with. Different kinds of candy are always great, but to avoid a sugar crash later, mix it up with some small age-appropriate toys like bouncy balls, toy cars, stickers, or slimes. This is especially important if you have participants with food allergies that make picking safe candy more of a challenge. It can be fun to have an extra special egg too! This might have a coupon in it to be exchanged for a larger prize like a stuffed animal.
It can be challenging to make sure everyone is still having fun if there are different ages of children involved. Some ideas to address this is to make particular-colored eggs be assigned to different kids. This will allow you to have more challenging hiding spots for older kids and easier to spot eggs for younger kids. You might also make a rule about the maximum number of eggs anyone can find. Rules like no pushing or taking eggs already found by others will keep everyone happy.
Brainstorm other activities
The egg hunt may be the highlight of the day, but sometimes it can be over too quickly. Some other festive ideas to keep kids busy include decorating egg-shaped sugar cookies or dyeing eggs. If you're inviting others, make sure parents know that kids should come in t-shirts that can get a little messy, or stick to crayons and stickers if you want to skip the dye but still decorate eggs!