How to Plan an Easter Egg Hunt

How to Plan an Easter Egg Hunt

It’s April already, and Easter is fast approaching! That means a certain bunny will soon be hiding lots of eggs for little hands to find. If that bunny is you, read on for ten easy steps to help you plan the perfect Easter Egg Hunt.

  1. Of course, when planning an Easter Egg Hunt in the UK the first thing to do is check the weather. If it’s hot and sunny, bear in mind where you hide your eggs so they don’t melt before they’re found. Think of an indoor back-up plan in case it rains and, if the hunt happens inside, remember to move sharp-edged furniture, fragile ornaments and other potential hazards out of the way.

  2. Set the children a craft activity like basket decorating, card-making or colouring rabbit masks to get them in the Easter spirit, and to keep them busy while you set up the hunt.

  3. Save money by buying multi-packs of small eggs rather than large ones. They’ll be easier to hide and collect too!

  4. Keep a count of how many eggs you’re hiding, and write a list or map of where you have hidden them – the game isn’t over until every egg is found!

  5. Tell the children where the boundaries of the hunt are, so they know not to leave the garden or go anywhere that isn’t safe.

  6. Keep things fair by making sure that everyone ends up with the same amount of eggs. If there are only a few children, assign each a different coloured egg to collect. For more children, have a number of rounds, in which everyone must try to collect a certain amount of eggs in the shortest time. Set up a base to return to after each round, and wait until everyone has collected their eggs before sending them all out again for round two.

  7. Hide eggs according to the age and ability of the children. For younger ones, hide eggs on low branches, in the grass, and always in places they can reach safely.

  8. For older children, hide eggs in less obvious places and devise a treasure map, clues or riddles to make the hunt more of a strategy game. If you’re struggling for time or inspiration, scramble the letters of each hiding place and give them a list of anagrams to solve. Make sure there is an egg for each child in each spot.

  9. If you don’t want a bunch of hyperactive children with stomach aches, make sure the children know they can’t eat the eggs during the hunt, and set a rule for how many eggs children can eat after the game is over.

  10. Alternatively, use plastic eggs for the hunt itself and swap them for a real egg each at the end of the game – especially useful for a hot day to avoid sticky fingers and melted eggs!

And that’s it! An Easter Egg Hunt as easy as a hop, skip and a jump (or should that be a hop, hop and a hop?).

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