Entry #2114, March 16, 2013
The countdown is on to Easter and it is time to plan for an Easter ‘eggs-travaganza’ for your kids or the whole neighborhood. Hunting for decorated, colorful eggs is a well-known tradition of Easter. You can easily make the hunt more exciting by stashing eggs in unexpected places rather than hitting up the usual hiding areas.
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Plan for a Scavenger Hunt
Instead of asking the kids to collect all the eggs they find, plan for a scavenger hunt. Give each child a paper slip clearly stating how many and the kinds of eggs s/he needs to find out. For example, a slip can read like find 2 red eggs with black polka dots, 4 blue eggs with green stripes, and one pink egg. Tell the kids to be careful about not to bring any egg outside of her/his list. You should also take care that there are enough eggs of each kind so that children can complete their list.
Set up a Fortune Hunt
For a small number of children, an egg treasure hunt can be a real thrill. Fix a specific color for each child and prepare different set of clues for each of them. Hide the clues in various places and give each of them the first clue. The treasure can be an Easter basket full of chocolates, candies, and jellybeans.
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Avoid Using Same Location Every Year
While back yards, parks, or community centers are good places to arrange for an egg hunt, kids can get bored if it occurs at the same place every year. You can pick a different location every year and take your kids there so that the hunt appears interesting to them.
Setting the Easter egg hunt at nighttime can be real fun for kids. However, it is only suitable for older kids and teens. Hide the eggs at a park or around the yard. Give each kid a basket and a flashlight after it becomes dark around. For easy hunting, you can either paint the eggs in bright colors or color them with paint that glows in the dark.
Tricky Indoor Hunt
You can shift the hunt indoor if the weather gets bad outside. Indoor hunts can be fun if you can plan it craftily. Use throw pillows, stuffed animals, or sculptures to hide the eggs. Funky accessories and objects have loads of nooks and corners for hiding. Stuffed animals can be used by positioning them like holding or about to eat the eggs. Artistic pieces and pen or other type of holders can be good sneaky egg hiders.
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Set the difficulty level of the hunt according to the age of the hunters. If the participants are too young, hide the eggs in plain sight for them. In addition, make sure to keep the eggs below knee level so that the littlest ones can enjoy their day.
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