Try one of these ideas for a creative twist on the spring holiday tradition.
By: Amanda Formaro
Children already love the traditional egg hunt; but you can mix things up a little this year and try something different.
The first step, of course, is to make a note of where you put all the eggs so you don’t miss any. Next, gather the family and put on an unforgettable egg hunt!
1. Follow The Clues Hunt
Write clues on small pieces of paper about where other eggs are and place them inside plastic eggs (use tape or wrap a rubber band real eggs). The final egg will lead to a basket of treats or other treasures.
Start this hunt off by handing the children a note — the first clue to the first egg! Use up to a dozen eggs for each child, depending on their age (and attention span).
2. Twilight Hunt
If you don't think your kids will want to wait until the evening of the holiday, plan a twilight hunt for the night before. At dusk, hand children flashlights and head outside for a fun evening filled with laughter.
If you're really feeling creative, put small glow bracelets inside plastic eggs for a collectible, wearable treasure.
3. Color-coded Egg Hunt
This idea works particularly well for families with more than one child and can be done for various age ranges.
Assign each child his or her own color and send them off! (Explain that if a child finds an egg that is not her color, she’s is to leave it where she finds it.)
Optionally, you can add a bit of friendly competition to the hunt by choosing a "bonus" color. This bonus color has only one egg hidden, and the child who finds it wins a special prize — or even a title (i.e. King of the Egg Hunt, Princess Egg Hunter, etc.).
4. Puzzle Egg Hunt
Write a message to your children or draw a picture on a piece of paper. Cut the paper into puzzle pieces, and then hide the puzzle pieces in some of your eggs. Have children piece together the pieces that they find. They can trade puzzle pieces for a small trinket.
Once the puzzle is complete, it will reveal a message or picture showing the grand prize (treat basket, trip to the park, cuddle time, etc.) or simply a message of love.
5. List of Eggs Hunt
Create a list of eggs for each child to find (i.e. two pink, three yellow, one blue, etc.). Use shorter lists for younger children and longer lists for older children. Have them collect the eggs on their list, checking them off as they go. The child who checks everything off their list first wins a prize.
6. Evens, Odds, Vowels, Consonants
This fun (and educational!) alternative to the traditional hunt uses numbers and letters to determine who finds what. Write odd or even numbers — or vowels or consonants — on each egg. Assign each child to hunt for one of the types (odd, even, vowel, consonant).
7. Prize Number Egg Hunt
In your hunt, use mostly plastic eggs but add in a few real eggs with numbers written on them. Only one numbered egg is allowed per child. The numbered eggs can be redeemed for the prize with the corresponding numbers.
Prizes could be anything from a small stuffed animal, book, a travel game, play sunglasses, dollar-store jewelry or anything you can think of!
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Amanda is a mother of four, craft designer and recipe developer who also runs several sites, including Crafts by Amanda, Cooking with Amanda and the Secret Recipe Club. Her work has appeared on SheKnows.com and Family.com as well as in Parents, Redbook and Mixing Bowl magazines among others.