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How to throw an Easter egg hunt

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Easter Sunday falls on 5h April in 2015, and since it’s never a bad time to think about Chocolate we’ve put our heads together to come up with hot tips on how to throw an Easter Egg Hunt that will make your little bunnies the envy of the burrow, whatever their age.

Set the Date and Time

Easter Egg Hunts are not limited to parties, private family hunts are fun too, but if you are planning to invite other people then fixing a date and time is crucial.  Easter Day tends to be a time when families get together, and over the long weekend there will be quite a few other activities competing for the attention of your guests.

Set your date as far ahead of time as possible to avoid last minute let-downs.  Easter Saturday is a good time for your Easter Egg Hunt, with the afternoon being a popular choice for chocolate-seeking fun.  Getting guests to commit in advance can also help you with planning how many Eggs you will need to hide, and how extensive the hunt needs to be.

Cater to your Age Group

If you’ve ever done an Easter Egg Hunt with a three year old you will know that you have to virtually dangle oval objects in front of their faces in order to help them find them.  Clearly such easy hiding places won’t wash with a bunch of teenagers, so when you know how many guests are participating in your hunt, the next task is to check out how old they are.

For a range of ages it can be sensible to colour-code the booty: red eggs for the under-five’s; blue for the five-seven year olds, and so on.

Fix your Location

Easter egg huntWhere you hold your Easter Egg Hunt will be partly dictated by who is coming.  If it’s a family affair then the back garden is perfect, with the inside of the house being a suitable back-up plan if the weather turns foul.  For larger, more organised Hunts you could spread the Eggs around several gardens if they are close together, or select a neutral location such as a park or playground.

Wherever you site your Hunt, it is important to establish physical boundaries, and make sure that everyone taking part knows where they are.  In the house for example, you may wish to limit disruption by hiding Eggs only on the ground floor.  In an outdoors location fences, walls and trees make good boundary points, and you can clearly state that no Eggs will be hidden beyond certain landmarks.  This gives everyone an equal chance of success, and keeps children safety in one defined area.

Make a List of Hiding Places

Last year I smugly hid about 20 eggs around our field and garden for my two children.  After about 20 minutes they had found 18 of them.  It took me a further 20 minutes to remember where I’d hidden the remaining two, by which time the kids were bored!  Keep a note of where you hide the Eggs to avoid falling into this trap.  This can also help you to drop hints to your guests if the Hunt is proving to be a little challenging for them.

Choosing sensible locations to hide your Eggs will help too.  Children’s eye level is a good starting point, and avoiding ponds, tree trunks, and roads outdoors is common sense.  Similarly, for internal Hunts, keep Eggs away from trailing cables, household appliances and fragile items.

Give Peace a Chance

There will inevitably be some hunters with a keener nose than others. Easter Egg Hunts are no fun if you don’t find anything, so it can be a good idea to set initial limits on how many Eggs an individual can grab in the first period of the hunt.  Once you are certain all participants have some shiny Eggs in their basket then open up the Hunt to everyone again until all the Eggs are found.

The alternative to this is to let everyone know that whoever finds the Eggs, all the stash will be combined at the end of the Hunt and distributed equally amongst those taking part.  To maintain an element of competition you can always award special prizes for those who find the most Eggs, or secrete some “special” Eggs about the place with a distinctive wrapper that can be kept by whoever finds them.

 

 

 

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Seasoned freelance writer Cally Worden lives with her family and dog in a quiet corner of rural France. A love of the outdoors, and a fascination with her children's ability to view life with fresh eyes provide the inspiration for much of her work. Cally writes regularly for various websites and UK print publications on subjects as diverse as parenting, whatsapp plus,travel, lifestyle, and business, and anything that makes her smile.

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