It’s almost that time of year when the Easter Bunny hops into town! If you’re parenting a toddler (or any age kid for that matter), then an Easter Egg hunt is a great way to entertain little ones over Easter weekend. It requires only a modest investment in time and money but gives a tremendous reward in fun and spending time with those you love.
There are so many ‘eggcellent’ activities for toddlers and older kids and, of course, an Easter egg hunt is probably the best way to get those young and older ones up and enjoying the spirit of this season. Here are 5 easy tips that will help you plan a stellar Easter egg hunt with all the best Easter chocolates and treats.
Pick a date & location
Your hunt doesn’t need to happen on Easter – it may even be better to pick a different date and extend the Easter Bunny fun! If you’re planning a large community event, it may make the most sense to choose an outdoor location, but not too large that it’s impossible to find the eggs. (with a backup rain date just in case). With just a few kids, limit it to your yard or an outdoor park. Just make sure whatever space you choose is safe, away from roads and traffic.
2. Get your Easter supplies together
What do you need for a great Easter egg hunt? The supplies are simple – treasure eggs and other Easter treats. Make sure you’re not short-handed, estimate around 5-10 easter eggs per child, and, if you’re really feeling festive, why not include a few hot commodity items over and above the eggs. Hiding a few extra high-ticket items, like the Lindt Gold Bunny will up the ante of the hunt. For the eggs, splash out on Lindor mini eggs, if it’s a hunt for older children. For younger ones, consider a more affordable option like the Beacon Marshmallow Eggs.
3. Get crafty with the egg basket
Collecting eggs is so much more fun if the little ones have decorated their own egg ‘baskets’ or holders. Any container will do, from a plastic or metal bucket to even an old egg carton. Use stickers, ribbons, paint, crayons, etc to add colour and some extra flair!
4. Hide the Easter Eggs
Before you start hiding anything, count the Easter eggs. (You’ll thank yourself later.) Choose hiding spots that make sense for the ages of the kids invited. You’ll want some eggs in more obvious locations if the weather’s cooperating, an outdoor hunt is ideal, right on the open lawn for little ones, and others hidden in more challenging spots, like tucked inside your mailbox, in a plant bed, or hidden behind the stump of a tree for older participants. Just be sure to make the boundaries for your Easter egg hunt clear – you want the kids to know where they should be looking.
5. Ready, Set, Hunt
Top tip, divide the participants into two groups: one for the littler kids and one for the bigger kids, and begin the hunt, or match an older child with a younger one and encourage teamwork. Most importantly, have fun, you’ve done what you need to prepare, now it’s time to sit back, relax, and watch the kiddos enjoy themselves. After all, Easter is all about coming together with loved ones!