- Choose your hiding places with your guests in mind. Little kids need easy-to-reach places, so be sure to place your treasures nice and low.
- Hide the really special treasures somewhere more challenging. Place the bulk candy and chocolates in the easiest spots, and save the really special treats for the hiding places that’ll require a little more effort to find.
- Make a map. Remember that episode of ‘Gilmore Girls’ when Kirk forgot to draw a map of where he’d hidden hard-boiled eggs for the Stars Hollow hunt, and it wasn’t long before the smell became unbearable? Take heed folks and keep track of your eggs (not that finding a forgotten chocolate Easter egg a few months from now won’t be rewarding…).
- Consider keeping it color-coded, where kids only look for and keep the eggs that are wrapped in the color assigned to them. This is a good way to ensure egg-hunters stick to the treasures that are most appropriate for them. Which reminds us…
- Remember to stay size-appropriate. If your guests skew much younger, be sure to choose treats that are a suitable size and won’t pose a choking hazard.
- Buy enough for everyone. About 20 treasures per kid is a good ballpark.
- Give the hunt a little twist. We love this free printable from A Mom’s Take, combining an Easter egg hunt with a Spring scavenger hunt. It’s different, engaging, and will (hopefully) keep the kids busy for a lot longer.
- Try an indoor hunt. If you don’t have access to a sizable outdoor area, an indoor hunt is just as much fun. Just be sure to set boundaries – be clear about which areas of your home have zero treats and are off-limits – and don’t hide eggs around fragile items, because when the hunt for chocolate is on, things can get cray-cray.
For more great ideas on how to make Easter special for the kids, take a look at our Pinterest board, OGG: Easter, which features some great crafts and activities for the littles.