Hippity, hoppity, the great Easter egg hunt of 2009 is on its way!
I remember our neighborhood Easter egg hunt as a child as being one of the highlights of our year! Tons of kids, dressed in their Easter dresses and hats, impatiently holding their baskets and quietly planning their strategies. In a matter of seconds, all you’ll you would see were scampering feet as every pastel egg in the vicinity was plucked from its carefully chosen nest. Eggs full of candy, pennies and small toys – oh, it was so much fun!
An Easter egg hunt is a great way to host a casual get-together with your neighbors (who you probably haven’t seen as much this cold winter). Here are a few ideas to get you inspired:
Most would imagine the Easter Bunny’s home to be in a big, beautiful, whimsical garden. With a little creativity, your backyard can live up to the expectations of the little ones when you create a colorful wonderland of fun.
- Plant giant flowers in the yard for an incredible “wow” effect! You can buy gorgeous nylon flowers to decorate your party or make large tissue paper flowers.
- Bring the garden to life with gossamer fabric butterflies, bees, dragonflies, and ladybugs. Add a holiday touch by hanging Easter egg paper lanterns from the trees.
- Allot at least five to ten eggs per child. A few weeks in advance, you can begin filling the eggs. with small treats (one per egg), such as fuzzy chicks, temporary tattoos, stickers, small toys, pennies or bulk candy. Looking to buy your plastic eggs in bulk?! Check out Oriental Trading for all of your supplies.
- Create three areas in your yard: one for kids ages three and under, one for ages four to six, and one for ages seven and older. This way, young children can find eggs without being mowed down, while their older siblings get a greater challenge.
- Don’t forget to have some treats for your guests! Finger food such as Easter cookies or cupcakes would be perfect….and put out some tubs of juice boxes for the kids (they are going to need something refreshing after running around looking for eggs!).
To extend the length of your party (because the egg hunt will be over before you know it!), try a couple of games to keep the kids entertained.
- Egg Toss – Have kids choose a partner and line them up in two lines, standing across from their partner. You know how the game goes from here – have them toss their egg back and forth, each toss taking another step away from their partner, until the egg breaks!
- Egg & Spoon Relay Race – For the older kids, separate kids into even number teams. Each team stands in single file behind the starting line and opposite their respective flags, set in the ground about 5 yards away. At the whistle, the first player in each line, balancing an egg on a spoon, races around his team’s flag, then back to transfer the egg onto a spoon held by the next teammate. The recipient races to the flag, and the first runner hands his spoon to the third person. The race continues until one team finishes the course. Anyone who drops an egg must run to the starting line for another before resuming.
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