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Easter egg hunt ideas for families

Posted on 17th March 2016
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Simple Easter Egg Hunt ideas for families. Just one of the blog posts you'll find at Karnival Costumes
 
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Easter is an exciting time for children, or should that be an ‘egg-citing’ time, with plenty of colour and lots of chocolate treats to get through. And one of the highlights of the weekend can be an Easter Egg Hunt which are brilliant for children of all ages.
 
We’ve pulled together some hints and tips on what you’ll need to buy or find as well as how to make it a fun experience for all ages of children. You don’t need to spend a fortune – you’ll be able to find little chocolate eggs and plastic eggs of all colours and sizes (these are used to hide the eggs), cheaply in supermarkets and pound shops. And rather than expensive Ester buckets, why not get the children to decorate their own paper bag into which they can put the eggs they find.  
 
Follow these few simple suggestions and we’re sure that Easter Egg Hunts will become a family tradition with your family and friends.
 

Items you’ll need for your Easter Egg Hunt:

easter egg hunt thumbnail image for Karnival CostumesChocolate Easter Eggs. Create a selection from small mini-eggs to larger foil wrapped eggs, bunnies or chicks as these will be more visible.
 
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A pack of cheap and colourful plastic eggs in which you can hide the mini-eggs, keeping the clean and safe.
 
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A bag or basket for each hunter so that they have somewhere to put their found goodies.
 
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Some craft items for making signs and decorations.
 
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An Easter Bunny, rent or buy a suitable Easter Bunny costume. Everyone loves the Easter Bunny and it’s a real treat to have him at your Easter Egg Hunt. Even the president of the USA invites him to his hunt which he holds every year on the White House lawns!
 

Before you start your Easter Egg Hunt:

 
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Collect all of your treats and make sure your mini-eggs etc will remain clean and safe during the hunt after all you don't want them eating dirt with the chocolate.
 
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Using your craft materials make any signs – start here, arrows, bunny footprints and any other Easter themed decorations you may need.  Put these in place early so that the area appears magical when your hunters arrive.
 
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For older children you may want to create some puzzles for theme to solve so that they can find the eggs and treats, younger children will just love following the footsteps of the Easter Rabbit and finding his hidden treats.
 
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Create a base where you can keep a few spare eggs and where everyone can come back to once they’ve completed the hunt.
 
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Create the rules of your Easter Egg Hunt. You’ll need to make sure that it’s fair so that younger children don’t get bowled out of the way by the older siblings. The easiest ways to share the treats are; 1) everything is shared out at the end, so it doesn’t matter who find what or 2) each hunter is limited to, say, 5 items after which they return to the base point.
 

The Easter Egg Hunt:

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Make sure everyone understands the rules, why they are their and what to do when they’ve completed their hunt. If you have set a number, then make sure that children return to the base point and don’t go hunting again until everyone has returned.
 
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If you have children mixed ages, or the hunt is for a large group, pair children up so that younger ones each have an older child along. 
 
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Ensure that you’ve made clear the rules of chocolate consumption, they won’t be listened to but you’ll feel better inside! We tell our grandchildren a few now and take the rest home to eat during the Easter week, but then we get to hand them back, hyper or not!
 
 
Easter Egg Hunts should be fun and enjoyable experiences for everyone and with a little thought and forward planning you’ll be creating magical memories that will last a lifetime. And it’s a perfect setting for reinforcing simple life skills like sharing, compassion (when bigger children take care of smaller siblings) as well as patience and learning to take turns. A real win-win event!
 
If you’re not lucky enough to have a garden for your hunt, join together with friends and take it to your local park where you’ll be able to recreate a similar environment or join in with one of the larger organised events.
 
Hopefully these ideas will help you organise a great Easter Egg Hunt. Here at Karnival Costumes we have an Easter online party shop stocked with lots of Easter themed decorations, Easter bunny costumes and Easter themed party goods, including Easter Egg Hunt kits.
 
 
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