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Arranging an Easter egg hunt is an egg-citing way for you and your children to have some springtime fun. It's also a perfect excuse to encourage kids of all ages to enjoy some fresh air and exercise. An indoor hunt is an alternative if the weather is poor but restrict the activity to one or two rooms rather than leaving the little rascals free to ransack every cupboard you've got. Importing a few extra hiding places in the form of potted plants and piles of books and boxes adds interest to the hunt.
First Time Easter Egg Hunters
Little ones love to collect things at any time but they'll realize how special an Easter egg hunt is if they decorate their baskets with ribbons or paper chickens before setting off. Hiding places need to be within easy reach to prevent them from overbalancing when searching for an egg so ponds and steps are to be avoided at all costs! Eggs that are bright and shiny will be easy to spot amongst tufts of grass and behind small stones or plants. Half a dozen eggs for each child should be enough to keep them happy.
Interesting Hunts for Older Children
You can be more devious when hiding eggs for older kids. Opt for eggs in camouflage colors that are difficult to locate amongst bushes and beneath piles of flower pots. Remember to keep a note of all the hiding places though in case you have to help them out. One way of adding extra interest is to set a trail of clues or riddles that they have to solve in order to find the eggs. This is ideal if your children enjoy working as a team. Clues can highlight compass directions, number of paces or trying to identify an object that might be a hiding place.
Adding a competitive edge to an Easter egg hunt is perfectly acceptable if you ensure there is plenty of fun and hilarity on hand. Fill the largest box you can find with play sand and bury a dozen or so small eggs. They can be pre-formed cardboard eggs or simple, flat egg shapes cut from card. Get your stopwatch ready then allow each child just thirty seconds to find an egg before returning to the starting line. Make it even funnier by drawing cracks on a few of the eggs which they don't count towards their main totals.
Successful Easter Egg Hunts
If you are including all ages in the same hunt you can assign different colors to each group ensuring they only collect the eggs that are meant for them. Accumulated totals are only for fun so at the end of the hunt make sure every child is rewarded with the same chocolate eggs. You can discover even more ideas over at Whooops-a-Daisy for fun-packed Easter activities.