Easter is fast approaching, and if you're trying to plan an egg hunt, you're probably stressed out. Don't be. Take a deep breath. Relax. This is supposed to be fun. Here's some of the best tips I've found for making a great egg hunt run smoothly. Think about dividing "egg hunt running tips" into two categories: before the hunt and on the day of the hunt.
Before the hunt:
1. Identify the numbers: How many kids are participating? This number helps you plan how many eggs and baskets you will need. Assuming you are using plastic eggs that can be filled with goodies, it will also help you determine how many bags of treats you need to buy. Consider how many eggs you want each child to find. A dozen is a nice number. It gives kids a solid amount to find that is not overwhelming. (Plus, there is still plenty of candy involved.)
2. Scope out the terrain: Decide the stretch of area over which you plan to hide the eggs. Are there certain areas of the yard that will be "off limits"? Make sure that whoever hides the eggs knows the bounds, and make sure the kids know before the hunt starts. This ensures that kids aren't wasting time looking for eggs in an area you don't even want them to be in. For example, our property has a little strip of woods at the very back. To make sure we are avoiding this area, we tell all hunters that eggs won't be beyond the tree house that is at the beginning of the woods. We have expanded the number of families involved in our egg hunt over the years to include the neighbors on both sides of us. This has expanded the area of the hunt to include all three yards.
3. Prepare your eggs: So, you have a twelve-year-old and a three-year-old participating in the egg hunt this year? No problem. When we were little, my parents would write the first letter of our names on our designated eggs. Therefore, each child got an equal number of eggs. As our egg hunt efforts expanded, we switched to color coding the eggs. This has proven to be an effective strategy.
Pick a different color for each child. This makes keeping track of the eggs easy. And it allows you to tailor the difficulty level of the hunt to each participant. Give the three-year-old the bright orange eggs and hide them in easy to find places where you can supervise. You can make things harder for older participants. (The current family rule at our house is that the oldest participant gets the camo eggs). Depending on how creative you want to get, having a set of eggs for each participant allows you to carefully select the treats inside. For example, we had a close friend who participated in the egg hunt a few years ago. He doesn't like chocolate, so we filled his eggs with treats that he preferred like jellybeans and starbursts. This trick also comes in handy if you have a child with a nut or other food allergy.
Now you are prepped and ready to go.
On the day of the hunt:
1. Make sure all participants are where they can't spy. Close up the curtains and drapes. Make sure you don't have kids peeking out of the windows. Cheating ruins the fun.
2. Wear the bunny ears. If you are the one hiding the eggs, go all out by wearing the bunny ears. Bonus points are also given if you wear a bunny tail, but no one will throw any stones if you can't find one these days. Have more than one pair of bunny ears available if more than one person is hiding the eggs.
3. Hide the eggs. A standard rule should be to hide all the eggs in plain sight. This is open to creative interpretation, but it eliminates hiding eggs under a big pile of leaves or in anything that obstructs the view of the egg from all angles. Keep in mind that hiding eggs at eye level or lower makes them easier to find. Consider making yourself a map of where you hide the eggs. (This does depend on time constraints, but take particular note of the eggs you hide in unusual or difficult spots. These will probably be the eggs the kids will be trying to find towards the end.)
4. Go over all the rules. Before the egg hunt starts, gather all the participants together. Make sure each person knows what color eggs he or she is looking for. Go over the boundaries of where the eggs are hidden and note any "off limits" areas. It is also a good idea to emphasize that participants shouldn't help another person find eggs unless that person specifically asks for help.
5. Go have fun! Set the hunters loose to find eggs. Sit back and watch the fun. Take a few selfies with the bunny ears on. Keep and an eye on the time and notice if any of the kids are having a lot of trouble. Use your best judgement and offer help as needed.
Hope these tips help. Remember: keep the important things important. Don't sweat the small things, and go make memories that last. Happy egg hunting!
About the Creator
Passionate writer that is enthusiastic about writing engaging, compelling content. Excels in breaking down complex concepts into simple terms and connecting with readers through sharing stories and personal experience.