Easter Egg Hunt Surprise!

Roll out the eggs and let the games begin -- we promise a good time!

By Familytime


Easter weekend is a great time for the first outdoor games of the season, and while we all hope for sunshine on Easter, if rain drops fall, don't despair. Transfer activities inside. Even an Easter egg hunt is fun indoors -- although it's most fun outside with the spring sunshine beating down and the flowers spilling color on the still-drab landscape.

Dye several dozen eggs ahead of time and plan to hide these in the backyard or in the house. If there's a park nearby, think about using it for the hunt and other games.

Don't let the egg-centered fun begin and end with the Easter egg hunt. Plan to dye and decorate eggs on the spot, have an egg toss (raw eggs only!), and an egg race (hard-cooked eggs only!).

The Egg Hunt
The fun of an Easter egg hunt is the anticipation of the children. Baskets in hand, they can hardly wait to be off and running. Very small children can participate as easily as older ones.

Determine the boundaries for the hunt. Let the kids know exactly where these are so that they won't waste time searching elsewhere. Boundaries could be a fence, a large tree, the driveway, or other outposts in your yard.

Boundaries are even more important if the hunt is indoors.

Hide eggs at eye level, when possible. This encourages the kids to look up and down as they search.

Be sure the older children understand to let the little ones find some of the "easy" eggs. These should be in plain sight and at low eye level so that the tots can easily scoop them up.

You could pair up kids -- an older child with a younger one. Or divide the children into two groups to encourage teamwork.

Consider the following hiding places:

  • Among tree roots.
  • Tree branch hollows.
  • Drain pipes.
  • Bird baths and feeders.
  • Door and window sills.
  • Doorways of dog houses, gardening sheds, play houses.
  • Wheelbarrows.
  • Flower pots.
  • Behind fenceposts.

The Egg Toss
Make sure to conduct this in an open space, preferably outdoors. If rain interferes, use a large porch or garage. This involves cleanup.

Line the children (and adults) up in two facing lines so that everyone has a partner. Hand a raw egg to one person in each pair.

The goal is to toss the egg back and forth without dropping it. Begin the toss with everyone close together. After each successful exchange, both partners take a step backwards. Pairs are eliminated as the egg falls to the ground (it does not have to break). The last standing pair is the winner.

The Egg Race
You will need lots of hard-cooked eggs and several adult monitors for this.

Line the children up in two or more lines for teams. This will depend on how many kids are participating. Put a basket at the front of each line. Distribute three or four eggs, with plenty of space between them, in front of each team.

Hand the first child in each line a spoon. The object is to pick up the eggs, one at a time with the spoon, without the help of hands or feet, and then deposit the eggs to the basket without dropping them.

Once a team member is successful, an adult monitor positions more eggs in for the next child on the team.

The first team to finish picking up all the eggs wins.

If you award prizes, make sure they are small and preferably edible. These springtime activities are meant for fun, not competition.

Happy Easter!