What better way to celebrate the holiday than with a fun Easter egg hunt?

By BH&G Holiday Editors
Updated February 14, 2020

The American Easter tradition of an egg hunt dates back to the 1800s, when it became custom to incorporate children's activities into religious holiday celebrations. Nowadays, it's almost impossible to imagine Easter without a group of kids running around the yard looking for brightly dyed eggs. Whether you're hosting the big Easter brunch this year or simply having a few friends over, it's easy to plan an Easter egg hunt in your own backyard. We've got all the tips you need for decorating, hiding eggs, and other family-friendly holiday activities. If there aren't any children in your crew, use one of our creative ideas to plan an Easter egg hunt for adults instead. No matter who will be egg hunting, don't forget to buy or make your own Easter baskets for everyone to put their eggs in.

Step 1: Hang Easter Decorations

The first step: 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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Step 2: Prep Easter Eggs

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 (like our colorful oil-marbled eggs), get a few small prizes to hand out in exchange for each egg at the end. You'll want to boil and dye them about a week beforehand so you don't stress about them being ready (and keep in mind that they are not safe to eat).

Plastic eggs are easier to prepare ahead of time, and are generally better if you're hiding them outdoors in warm weather. Fill them with small toys, candy, or numbers that correspond to bigger prizes, such as stuffed animals, chocolate bunnies, or gift certificates (our Easter basket stuffer ideas also make great prizes, if you need more inspiration). 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. Estimate about a dozen eggs per guest so everyone has a chance to find and collect a good amount of eggs.

Step 3: Hide the Eggs

If your Easter dinner celebration is a large family gathering, chances are you'll have a wide range of ages, so it's okay to plan separate activities for older and younger kids. If you're hosting an Easter egg hunt for kids and a separate 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 participants: 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 count the eggs before you hide them and keep track as each one is found.

Step 4: Play Some Easter Games

The fun doesn't have to stop when the last egg is found! We have creative Easter games and activities for all ages; choose a few and set them up before your guests arrive. Play outdoor Easter games like bunny, bunny, hop (duck, duck, goose with a holiday spin) or a glow-in-the-dark egg hunt. Or, opt for indoor Easter games like egg bowling, pin the tail on the Easter bunny, or have our free printable Easter coloring pages printed out and ready to go.

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