The perfect Easter egg hunt takes some careful planning. Ideally, after a challenging “hunt” and having found plenty of eggs, everyone goes home happy, the hunt having taken about the right amount of time. It’s also important that the treats in the eggs found made the hunt worth it. Here are the things you need to consider when planning an Easter egg hunt:
1. What is in the eggs?
You want to make sure the goodies in the eggs are worth looking for. If you fill them with candy most kids don’t like, you’ll have disappointed kids and unhappy parents, too. Make choosing quality candies and prizes for the eggs a priority, as these are the ‘rewards’ for their hard work. Kids will appreciate and celebrate some money added to a few of the eggs.
2. How many kids will be hunting?
The number of kids attending the hunt will determine the place you set up your Easter egg hunt, the number of eggs you hide and how long the hunt lasts. Part of a successful Easter egg hunt is a good egg to kid ratio; 10 eggs per every 1 child is sufficient. Kids will be disappointed if their basket is nearly empty when they finish the hunt.
3. Who is participating?
When planning your Easter egg hunt, you must consider the ages of the participants. This is a critical component. While it may be for your grandchildren, the neighborhood kids or extended family, there may still be a wide range of ages. Eight and nine year olds hunting for eggs with toddlers is not a good idea for several reasons, not the least of which is the possibility of the toddlers ending up without eggs. So, when planning your egg hunt, try to cordon off areas or plan different times for different age groups so that everyone has a chance to find eggs within their own level of competition. While it is no fun to take the element of racing for as many eggs as you can out of it, you also do not want a two year old to have to compete with a ten year old for eggs.
If you consider these three simple options, and plan accordingly, you are likely to have a fun, successful Easter egg hunt. Assigning each child a color or pattern a number of eggs to be hunting is a great idea. That way they will be a little more conscious as they hunt.