How to plan the perfect Easter egg hunt
Easter is fast approaching and you may be planning an Easter egg hunt to keep your children entertained. Here’s how to make it perfect.
Who doesn’t love the excitement of an Easter egg hunt? Over the past few years, many organisations like the National Trust have started organising Easter egg hunts you can join. But what if you want to plan your own? Here’s how to make it a success.
Choose the right location
The first step of hosting an exciting Easter egg hunt is choosing the perfect location. There are lots of places you can use to make this activity fun for the whole family, whether you’re eager for a quick game or one to last the whole afternoon. If we had to suggest a location, however, it would definitely be the outdoors.
If you have a garden large enough, this is the perfect place to host an Easter egg hunt. You will be familiar with the area, and deciding on challenging but manageable hiding spots won’t be too difficult.
You may want to choose somewhere else, such as a public park, and make the occasion open to a larger group of friends. Whichever you decide, make sure it’s safe for your children to explore.
Prepare for any weather
There is nothing quite like spending a spring afternoon outside. If you’re lucky, this Easter Sunday might fall on a warm day. We can’t guarantee the sun will come out to play though, and the Great British weather can be unpredictable at the best of times. As such, you should always prepare for a rainy day.
This means packing weather-appropriate clothing, such as a kid’s waterproof jacket and wellies. Then, come rain or shine, everyone will be able to rummage in the grass and find their Easter eggs. Grass and mud stains are a nuisance after all, and we wouldn’t want anyone to catch a cold on a chilly day.
Decorate your own eggs
Easter eggs can be made using a whole host of materials. For one thing, you can choose to use real eggs. Once boiled, this is a simple and effective option. To make them more exciting, you can choose to decorate your Easter eggs in a range of exciting colours.
We recommend using a natural and organic dye for this. You can use beetroot for pink, turmeric for yellow, spinach for green, and blueberries for lavender. To do this, you will need to boil the vegetables.
Once the dye has cooled down, you can even turn this into an arts and crafts activity for the children. This might also make spotting them in the grassy foliage more manageable for young children – giving your little ones a helping hand.
Hide your easter eggs
The next step is to hide your decorated Easter eggs. Remember to do this with your children in mind. If you have small ones, for example, the eggs will need to be somewhere that can be easily reached. In this case, disguising them among the grass or plants is a great option.
Depending on the age and enthusiasm of your attendees, you can get a bit more creative with your hiding places. Why be limited to the ground? Hide your eggs in bushes, on tree branches, or even on top of walls. It’s always fun to keep them guessing, so the harder you make it, the longer the activity will last.
To make the most out of your Easter egg hunt, you can incorporate nature into your activity. A spring spotting sheet, for example, will provide children with a list of wildflowers or plants in your chosen area. This will serve as a template for them to go in search of these and tick them off the list. This adds a fun and educational spin to your hunt – and who wouldn’t want to learn a little more about nature?
You can even create these spotting sheets yourself. If you’re hosting the Easter egg hunt in your own home or back garden, you will have knowledge of the vegetation and making your own list will be easy. On the other hand, you may have to do some research and prepare if you’re going to a public park.
Choose the perfect prizes
Finally, you will need to select the perfect prizes for the children who took part in the Easter egg hunt. Chocolate is characteristic of Easter, so you can’t go wrong by throwing some chocolate eggs into the prize box. You can also incorporate some other Easter goodies, such as toys and books.
To make sure everyone leaves your event feeling elated, ensure there are enough gifts for all the little ones that took part. The child who collected the most eggs might win a special gift, but there’s no fun in only treating the winner.
Easter egg hunts are fun for the whole family. You can choose to create your own hunt however you would like. We hope that this guide has given you some great tips and tricks for creating the most exciting game for your little ones.
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