Spread a little joy in your neighborhood by participating in this egg-themed scavenger hunt.

Last Easter the pandemic had just begun and we couldn't host big brunches or organize the big neighborhood egg hunt. Folks had to get a little more creative with the seasonal festivities—and since we're still practicing social distancing a year later, we'll be celebrating Easter pandemic-style again. 

Instead of getting together with friends and extended family for the holiday, we’ll be celebrating at home with just the immediate family members we live with, trying some fun Easter crafts, and decorating an Easter tree. However, if you thought a neighborhood-wide Easter egg hunt was off the table, think again: Last season, people across the country organized their own egg hunts, social-distancing style, and we plan on bringing them back this year.

Atlanta mom Brooke Peck decided to organize a virtual egg hunt after seeing similar activities like rainbow hunts and teddy bear hunts in other neighborhoods. She started the Instagram account @springegghunt to raise awareness and get more people involved.

“I thought doing a spring egg hunt would be special because I knew that traditional egg hunts would be canceled due to social distancing measures,” Peck says. “The continued canceling of social events makes our family sad so I was hoping this non-traditional egg hunt would bring excitement and joy to us and others in our community.”

The rules are simple: Decorate an Easter egg, hang it in your window, then hunt for more in the neighborhood. Start by crafting an egg, either by drawing, painting, or cutting one out of cardboard. We recommend making it large enough to be seen from a distance. Then, hang it in a window facing the sidewalk, so passersby can spot it easily. When you're done, head outside and see how many eggs you can find in your neighborhood.

Other communities are getting involved, too. In the Midwest, the Iowa Egg Council encouraged families to print off and color in their free downloadable egg coloring page, then hang it in a window. 

Since going on a daily walk around the block has become part of many people's work-from-home routine, a virtual egg hunt could be a great way to spread joy and stay connected with neighbors even when we can't physically be together. Plus, coloring and decorating an egg for your house can be a creative way to keep your kids entertained during social distancing.

This family activity is also a fun way to decorate Easter eggs without using actual eggs, which have been in short supply in various times during the pandemic. So color a few egg designs, hang them up in your window, and head out for a walk to see how many you can find.

Comments (3)

Better Homes & Gardens Member
March 26, 2021
It is unfortunate that there are communities not allowing Easter egg hunts. You’re outside—away from people—wearing a mask! Let them have it and ask high risk groups to stay home if they have concerns.
Better Homes & Gardens Member
March 26, 2021
Our village had a ‘Bunny Hunt’ last spring. Clever people stenciled simple bunny shapes in chalk on sidewalks and stones (all visible from public walks). Families had fun counting how many they could find and comparing totals. Happy Spring!
Better Homes & Gardens Member
March 6, 2021
It's an outdoor activity. No reason not to have a regular egg hunt. For kids to have to walk around the neighborhood, and point to paper eggs in windows? What a boring disappointment.