How to Organize an Easter Egg Hunt
What better way to celebrate Easter than with a fun Easter egg hunt? Follow these tips to plan and carry out an exciting Easter tradition.
Planning an Easter egg hunt in your own backyard is easy. Simply follow our tips for decorating, hiding eggs, and more. Try one of our fun new twists on the classic egg hunt. Plus, get our best Easter egg hunt ideas for toddlers, kids, and adults!
Get your house ready by hanging pastel balloons outside your home and an Easter decoration on your door so everyone knows where they're going. You don't have to go overboard decorating for the egg hunt. One of our favorite cheap Easter egg hunt ideas is this festive printable sign—it's cute and costs under $5 to assemble! If you plan on serving snacks, decorate a few tables with pastel-color tablecloths and streamers. If your hunt is in the morning, gather the crowd for a kid-friendly Easter brunch as soon as all the eggs have been found!
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Easter Egg Hunt Prep
You can hide plastic or real eggs at your Easter egg hunt, just make sure you get the supplies far enough in advance. If you're decorating and hiding real eggs, get a few small prizes to hand out to the children. Fill plastic eggs with small toys, candy, or numbers that correspond to bigger prizes, such as stuffed animals, chocolate bunnies, Easter books, or gift certificates. If you're hosting an Easter egg hunt for toddlers, make sure the eggs are filled with items that don't contain small parts or choking hazards.
Easter Egg Hunt Tip: Estimate about a dozen eggs per guest so everyone has a chance to find and collect a good amount of eggs. Have a few extra baskets on hand in case guests forget to bring their own.
Hide the Eggs
If you're hosting an Easter egg hunt for kids and an egg hunt for teenagers, divide the backyard into two zones so you can organize based on age groups. Go easy on the smaller children by leaving eggs on low branches and in open places. If you're hosting a hunt for toddlers, try hanging balloons instead of eggs for easy searching! Make it more difficult for the older ones. Hard-to-find spots, such as under leaves, in drain spouts, in the mailbox, or atop car tires are perfect challenges for older children in your group.
Easter Egg Hunt Tip: The hunt doesn't end until the last egg is found, so keep a count of how many eggs you hide!
If you're decorating and hiding real eggs for your Easter egg hunt, you'll want to boil and dye them about a week beforehand so you don't stress about them being ready. Store them in the fridge until the day of the egg hunt. The finished dyed Easter eggs won't be safe to eat. Stuff your plastic eggs a week before the hunt, too.
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Play Some Easter Games
Try these fun Easter egg hunt ideas! We're sharing creative Easter games and activities for all ages.
Golden Easter Egg: Hide a gold Easter egg with a dollar in it. This makes the hunt even more exciting. The kids will love the competition between who will find the golden Easter egg first!
Bunny, Bunny, Hop: This game is like duck, duck, goose with a hop. It's the perfect Easter activity for kids! Change the words to bunny as you tap each child and hop when one child is selected. Instead of running around the circle, players hop with their feet together.
Egg Bowling: Here's an Easter egg hunt idea for teenagers or adults. Use colored hard-boiled eggs and one white hard-boiled egg. Roll the white one into the center of a room and take turns to see who can roll their colored egg closest to the white egg.
Easter Egg Scavenger Hunt: Perfect for an indoor Easter egg hunt, this easy game relies on clues hidden around your house. Write out simple clues with each hidden location leading them to the next. Be sure to number the clues so they don't skip one! At the end, have a filled Easter basket waiting for them!
Egg Hunt Acting: Like the classic game charades, this Easter egg hunt idea is perfect for adults! Once the eggs have been found, gather inside for a festive Easter-themed acting contest. Divide into teams and see who can guess the most!
Glow-in-the-Dark Easter Egg Hunt: Put a fun spin on the classic egg hunt! At dusk, fill plastic eggs (look for translucent eggs) with glow-in-the dark necklaces and bracelets. They will glow from the inside! Add candy or small trinkets and start your egg hunt as it gets dark. This activity is one of our favorite egg hunt ideas for large groups!