Spring will have sprung when Easter arrives this year on April 21. Even so, you may want to be prepared for an Easter egg hunt that can be done indoors, if necessary. Kids absolutely love the idea of a hunt for some sort of treasure. While you may do the traditional egg-dyeing, you may want to have some other ‘loot’ to put into the plastic eggs, including some edible goodies.
Here are some fresh, new ideas for planning your 2019 Easter egg hunt:
Secret message hunt - Use plastic eggs. Print out short messages for each egg that asks the kids to do a task, such as ‘quack like a duck’ or ‘hop like a bunny.’ When they have found 10 eggs and done all 10 tasks, they’re eligible to hunt for their basket. Hand them a message that is the clue they need to find their Easter basket.
Team hunt for a large group of kids - Divide your kids into two teams. Put mismatched plastic egg halves together. Allow a given amount of time for everyone to find as many mismatched eggs as they can, then allow the teams to gather together to put the correct colors together. Each egg will have a number inside indicating how many pieces of candy each team member receives (think jelly beans or small candy eggs). The team with the most color-correct whole eggs is the winner and earns an additional treat (maybe a small Easter toy, such as a toy chick or bunny or a larger candy treat).
Indoor hunt with clues - This works well for families who find themselves inside on Easter morning. Write out clues that take the children to various places in the home where they’ll find the next clue. Use at least five clues and let the kids find their baskets at the end of the hunt.
Easter bunny track hunt - For younger children, create ‘bunny tracks’ out of pink paper and leave them where the little ones can follow to find a series of treats.
The golden egg hunt - Do your usual favorite hunt but add an additional treasure. Purchase a large, gold egg and fill it with something special. It could contain a treasure for the finder only, or a treat for the whole family, such as a trip to a favorite restaurant, park, or tickets to a new movie.
Easter egg piñata - Buy or make an Easter piñata and provide masks and a stick to open it. You can make a piñata by using an inflated balloon and Paper Mache or decorate a white bag to simulate an egg. Kids enjoy the building anticipation as the piñata begins to crack and shower them with candy.
Glow in the dark hunt - Use glow sticks and larger plastic eggs to create an indoor ‘in the dark’ hunt. You may choose to have the kids find a certain number of glowing eggs to ‘buy’ their basket.
Hunt for your Easter brunch hunt - This one takes some work. Fill plastic eggs with tiny bits of brunch items: fruit pieces, tiny muffins, snack crackers, cheese cubes, hard-boiled eggs, cereal and the like. Add some hot cocoa and enjoy!
A puzzling hunt - Buy a blank puzzle at your local craft store. Draw a Happy Easter message for your kids, giving them the information they need to find their basket. Place puzzle pieces in plastic eggs and let the fun begin. When the puzzle is assembled they follow the clue to their Easter goodies.
Make it a relay hunt - With a larger group of children, divide into teams and have one person from each team hunt for a given amount of time, return to tag the next player, and continue until all the kids have had a turn. Provide some sort of extra treat for the winning team. (Be sure all the kids get a fair number of treats after the hunt.)
The more than candy hunt - Have some of the plastic eggs contain small toys or tickets to receive the toys after the hunt. Toys might include balls, tiny toy bunnies or chicks, finger puppets or anything else appropriate for the kids in your group.
Easter egg hunts are just another way to create healthy family fun. Make sure the younger members of the family get a fair chance to find the treasures. Older kids can pair up with younger ones to help make this happen. Whichever hunt you choose will be a highlight of your Easter celebration. Enjoy!
Jan Pierce, M.Ed., is a retired teacher and the author of Homegrown Readers and Homegrown Family Fun. Find her at janpierce.net.
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