Easter egg hunts are one of my favourite things about the holiday.When Kevin was little we'd have egg dying parties in the back yard (see tips for your own party over at BC Eggs), ending with a giant hunt for all the kids. As kids get older and gone are the days of bubbles, the treats may change but the thrill of the hunt doesn't. Keep reading for my best tips on creating a hunt to remember!
1. Signs and small touches add to the fun
Cadbury's has some great printable signs that you can use for your hunt like the ones in my photos-and for kids who are just learning right/left or up/down, you can even laminate them after you print them off and use them year round for other learning activities. I loved making my own signs as well, advising kids to watch for falling eggs or not to pick jellybeans from the jellybean branches I created and then planted in the flower gardens in the yard.
2. Not all treats need to be chocolate but you'll want them to be
This sounds just wrong, I know-but the whole point of a hunt is to get chocolate. Some of Kevin's favourites are Cadbury Easter creme eggs, and I have a hard time leaving any Mini Eggs alone. I bake them into brownies or cookies, or just pop 'em in my mouth whole. We also love the Caramilk eggs. Mini caramilk eggs or Easter creme eggs are fantastic baked right into cupcakes. Often I don't buy any until just before Easter because otherwise I'll eat them before the big day. Hide them from me, I say, so there's actually something to hide! (note: baking them into items is a great way to use up leftover Easter candy if you happen to have some)
If you are looking for fun non-food hunt items besides the usual, try these:
-art supplies: new felts, pencil crayons, fun glitter glues and papers
-seeds, dirt and plant pots (try growing radishes, mini carrots, herbs)
-playdough and cookie cutters
-outdoor play equipment, like a skipping rope
-Lego mini figs
- Hot wheels cars
-barrettes and hair ties for little girls
-kits to build things (a bird house) or science experiments
-fun socks or hats
-cash! Put loonies or twoonies in plastic eggs
3. Set it up for success
There are different ways to set up an egg hunt for multiple kids; for readers, you can put the items in plastic eggs and write on their names in sharpie, or stick on lables/tape. For non-readers, assigning each child a color (and maybe co-ordinating their collecting basket/bucket or giving them a paper as a reminder) is an easier way. For things that can't fit into eggs (such as the stuffies above), attach a tag with their name or the assigned color on it.
You can also have some "special" eggs, possibly numbered to co-ordinate with bigger prizes that the kids can win, such as books or stuffies.
4. Don't stop at they get older
Teens still love a good egg hunt. They may act all cool and like they are too old for this little kid stuff, but wait until you see them squealing over a bit of chocolate. Kevin may be 18, but I know he'd love to find a pound of his favourite coffee, maybe a gift card, and some money hidden away in eggs. Still, he always looks forward to a bunch of chocolate-especially Easter creme eggs.
Just like when he was little, Mom always sneaks a bit of it, too.
Disclosure: I was sent a large basket by Cadbury when I was already thinking about writing this post, so it fit perfectly-and fortunately helped with some of my Easter shopping! We're big fans of the products inside it and I already buy them every year.