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Hop n Hunt - Make the kids hop around to hunt for the eggs. Most of the kids will probably forget all about hopping after they have found the initial few eggs, but it will ensure a good spirited start. Another variation could be have all the kids stand in a line and then at the start of the hunt, they have to hop to a finish line before they start collecting eggs. If the hunt is outdoors, you could draw a chalk line for the finish. If indoors, you could have a ribbon spread across for the finish line. For added fun you can give a prize to the child who reaches the finish line first. You can also place a lot of eggs just around the finishing line or ribbon so that they are easy to pick for the first few kids to reach them.
Checklist Easter Egg Hunt - For large Easter Egg Hunts, you could make checklists for each child. Give each child a basket with a checklist and pencil in it, and instruct the kids to find ONLY what is on their checklist and no more (otherwise someone else would not get enough). Make the checklists the same for each child and make sure you have enough eggs hidden so that everyone can complete theirs. You can have a grand prize too, for whichever child completes his checklist first! The checklists could read something like this:
___Find 2 blue eggs
___Find 3 pink eggs
___Find 1 yellow eggs
___Find 2 orange eggs
___Find 4 purple eggs
___Find 3 green eggs
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Obstacle Hunt – This is a good choice if you are having the Easter egg hunt outdoors in a big backyard or at a park. Just like in an obstacle course race, you could have various activities interspersed with egg collecting. For example, at the starting buzzer the kids race to the next spot where they have to thread a needle and only when they complete it can they run ahead to the next spot (collecting all the eggs along the way of course). Some other Easter party activities could be jumping over a cardboard box , going around a chair five times, blowing up a balloon, drinking a glass of water, eating a boiled egg and so on. The first child to reach the finish line wins a prize.
Puzzle Treasure Easter Egg Hunt – For this hunt you would need a puzzle (not more than 25 pieces , with each individual piece small enough to fit inside an egg). Here are the steps: First put the puzzle together. Then flip it over and write a clue across the back pointing to the treasure. Take the puzzle apart and put one or two pieces in each egg. Then hide the eggs for the hunt. The children will have to find all of the eggs and put the puzzle together in order to figure out where the “treasure” is. For more details on this and other Easter Egg hunt ideas visit creativekidsathome.com.
Pirate Hunt -Create a map that represents the floor plan of the house (if it’s indoors). You can even modify it to look like an island. Then mark the positions of eggs on the map. Stairs can be represented by a cliff, etc. Inside of the eggs, write clues that when put together will lead the kids to a “pirate treasure”.
Hunt in the Dark - You could also combine the Pirate Hunt above with a hunt in the dark for added effect, which the older kids are bound to enjoy. Give the kids each a flashlight and have them hunt for eggs in the dark. To make it even more fun, you can paint the eggs with glow-in-the-dark paint and search for them with no light at all.
Easter Egg Hunt with a Message - Have a regular egg hunt, but in 12 plastic eggs put a number and a scripture telling a part of the Easter Story. Then when the kids find the eggs and are sitting all together, call out the numbers one by one and have each person read their scripture. You can have the kids tell the story of Easter.
Egg Piñatas - Here is a great egg hunt idea that is sure to be fun for kids of all ages. To assemble pinata eggs, cut long strings of ribbon. Open an egg and put candy inside. Then put the middle section of the ribbon inside the egg and close it. The egg should now have two pieces of ribbon hanging out of it. Use one end of the ribbon to attach it to a tree branch or ceiling. Be sure that the ribbon is long enough so that the children can reach it. The kids can then pull on the ribbon and the candy will fall out. They are like mini-piñatas that all the kids will love. To see this original idea and other great egg hunts tips, click here.
Have a great time egg hunting!
At Purple Trail's Party Idea site you can find this article. and many more, for making Easter special. We also like enjoyed their ideas for putting unique touches on this year's Easter basket. Suggestions include having your child make a basket out of a paper plate, using a laundry basket, filling a toy wagon, and more. They also suggest themed baskets.
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