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Hosting an Easter Egg Hunt

Throw a neighborhood Easter egg-hunting party. These games and activities will keep your party hopping!

Tips for a Terrific Easter Egg Hunt

  • Tuck a small piece of paper with party details into hollow plastic eggs. Let kids hand-deliver them.
  • Sprinkle baby powder “paw prints” around the house. Invite kids to follow the Easter Bunny to where the hunt begins.
  • Before guests arrive, hide eggs in both easy and difficult places to keep kids challenged.
  • Check your weather forecast if you plan an outdoor hunt.
  • Award special prizes for eggs rolled in glitter or marked by special stickers.
  • Assign each child a color of egg to find, or limit the number of eggs each child can keep so no child gets left out.
  • Have colorful beach pails on hand for collecting eggs

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Party Games

  • Engage kids with all kinds of games: assemble kids into teams for an egg relay race. Eggs are carried on spoons or forks (more difficult) and first team to finish is the winner. Or have players on hands and knees, using only their noses to nudge eggs past the finish line.
  • Use old pillowcases for an old-fashioned "bunny hop" sack race.
  • Forget pinning the tail on the donkey! Tack up a drawing of Peter Rabbit. Pass out cotton balls with double-stick tape for tails.

More Fun Easter Activities

  • Enlist older children's help in face-painting. Use non-toxic colors found at your local craft or costume store to draw bunny noses and whiskers, flowers, and butterflies.
  • Let kids decorate their own "basket" desserts to bring home: spread icing on sugar cookies or cupcakes; sprinkle with green tinted coconut for grass, and top with jellybean "eggs."
  • Consider treats beside sweets. Art supplies, kid-sized gardening tools and seeds, or cool bath things (don't forget the rubber ducky) make fun surprises.

Hop On Your Easter Planning

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Mar. 9, 2010 11:55 am
i have 11 grandkids so making easter fun can be a challenge these tips are great for my clan!!
Mar. 10, 2010 10:17 am
I make lists of eggs to find: 1 pink egg, 1 bunny shapped egg, 1 round egg puzzle or whatever I've hidden making sure each child gets only his share. When they were too young to read I had pictures of what they were to find. The lists were usually long and fanciful and everyone LOVED the hunt.
Mar. 10, 2010 6:30 pm
i really like that idea and ive always been wondering how to host for little kids AND i would love to try that idea plus i hope it will work!! GOOD LUCK!!! peace XD
Mar. 18, 2010 4:57 pm
As a Kid, my Nana use to make scavenger hunts for all the grandchildren, we were split into two groups (there were 6/team)and given verses as clues to guide us to the next clue hidden somewhere on their farm. ex: one clue would lead us to a birdhouse, and then to a tractor, garden, shed, barn, whatever, until we got to the end where we would get a basket of goodies. Each team had different coloured clues. I always had fun finding clues with my cousins. One year we did it inside with clues attached to the backs of lotions/kleenex/trinkets/pictureframes around the house because of bad weather.
Apr. 2, 2010 7:20 am
These look like such funs for little ones, plus easy. Thank you everyone. JOYOUS EASTER!!! KathyJoscelyn
May 5, 2010 6:15 am
these games sounds great
Apr. 1, 2011 7:04 am
Great ideas! When my kids were young, with their many cousins, the oldest would help make a skit usuing all of the kids. I would give them some bunny ears, buckets, eggs...and it kept them engaged while we were setting up dinner. After eating we would enjoy their skit...memories of fun times!
Janis Watson 
Apr. 1, 2011 8:03 am
Egg hunts aren't just for kids at our house. Ages range from 3 yrs to 80 yrs old. Use to, the adults would end up helping their child and it just didn't seem fair. Now we have partners. We draw a-b-c's for ages 3 yr to 30 and numbers for the adults 31 to 80. Team partners: 1A, 2B, 3C, etc. Then each team chooses a color gift bag and that is the color egg they will hunt for. Each team has a dozen plastic eggs to find. A prize is awarded to the first team to find their dozen. Then fun really begins! We all sit in a circle and take turns opening up an egg! Each team member alternates turns. In each egg there is candy, money, lottery tickets or a slip of paper that has them exchange an egg with someone, choose a Surprise Bag (these are bags with inexpensive items (i.e. bottle of bubbles, candy easter bunny, an onion, a roll of toliet paper, $5, Lottery tickets), Steal a Surprise bag from someone,GOLD PRIZE WINNER (they win an Easter Basket), SILVER PRIZE WINNER ($10) or th paper has instr
Apr. 2, 2011 4:45 pm
these ideas are great! cant wait till easter now!
Apr. 17, 2011 8:42 am
Great ideas! I especially like Janis' as it includes all the family members.
Apr. 17, 2011 9:20 am
For my young grandson for a scavenger hunt (too young to read) I took pictures of places in our yard that he would recognize, printed them off and tucked it in the plactic egg for the next clue to run and find his egg. The final clue led him to his "easter basket"
Apr. 19, 2011 5:24 am
We too have a blast at Easter.Every year I make between 25-37 baskets.One year gave them a hint where to find their basket like our daughter has 3 kids wash clothes so hers was in the wash machine.One year put names on the 10 plastic eggs them hide them around the house.Put candy in the eggs.Had as avenger hunt like go find egg 1 for the question what do you wear in Easter parade A EASTER BONNET.This year going to have them find 2 peoples eggs 5 each around the house.Of course prizes for the winner.
Apr. 20, 2011 5:12 pm
love it!
Apr. 21, 2011 10:25 pm
I loved all the Hints for the Easter Celebrations! Thank You! Also thank you for the instructions on how to color eggs naturally. I think the egg dying kits in the stores are way over priced and is just a rip off for the Easter Celebrations!
Apr. 23, 2011 5:57 am
Wow just reading some of the suggestions makes me want to try this....
Apr. 23, 2011 6:47 am
Happy Easter everyone! This is a suggestion for foodforthought wanting ideas for teenagers. All teenagers love $$. Try putting $2 bills in plastic eggs and make the hunt very challenging. They will love it!
Apr. 23, 2011 2:13 pm
We have an Easter egg hunt every year for all the kids in the cul-de-sac. Each child is assigned a color and everyone has the same amount. This way we can hid the older kids harder while the younger kids are easier for them to find. We have done this for years and several of the boys are in college. They still go out and hunt for their eggs.
Mar. 29, 2013 11:40 am
each child is assigned a color, each egg has a word in it. once al eggs are found,they sit down to make a sentence with the words that tells them where to find their prize,which is their basket! Loads of fun for any child that can read!!
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