Religious connotations aside, what’s the first thing you think of?
Bunnies and bonnets? Hoppity-skippety lambs and fluffy yellow chicks?
Personally I think of chocolate immediately — but that’s no surprise, given my greedy nature.
Lots of lovely chocolate eggs. And egg hunts.
The boys have been invited to a few egg hunts over the last couple of years and I’ve come to the conclusion that, whilst they’re a fun way to while away a morning, they’re not always weighted fairly for the littlest members of the party.
More often that not all of the chocolate eggs have been located before the toddlers have even grasped what they’re supposed to be doing. Plus, reading egg hunt clues out to two year olds has proved to be somewhat ‘challenging’; cue blank faces and the realisation that they don’t understand the majority of the words your using, let alone unscramble a riddle.
So with this in mind, I thought I’d share my fail-safe tips for the perfect egg hunt for little (and big) children.
1. Gather together a selection of vessels to collect the ‘treasure’.
Bags, boxes or baskets — you can trawl charity shops for traditional wicker baskets or buy Easter themed bags from places like George at Asda.
2. You’ll also need a selection of eggs in a range of colours; aim for around 5-10 of the same colour. One colour per child or — if you’ve a lot of egg-hunters joining in — per group.
If you fancy getting your craft on, you can paint — or spray — boiled or blown eggs — or white polystyrene ones. Alternatively if you’re lazy or rushed for time (I like to think I fall in the latter category) you can buy egg-sellent pre-coloured plastic eggs.
3. Decorate the garden with hanging eggs and ribbons and hide the coloured eggs around the garden (or house if you’re planning on doing an indoor hunt).
If you’re feeling particularly generous you can also hide extra treats and spot prizes.
4. Explain to your little egg-hunters what they’re supposed to be doing.
Allocate each child with a colour — of if you have lots of kids joining in, split them into teams and give each team a colour — give the starting orders and off they go!
5. When all of the coloured eggs have been found, count them up.
Then give out the prizes!
By far the easiest — and fairest — way to host an egg-cellent egg hunt.
No need to worry about complicated riddles and rhyming couplets and no upset for any of the participants because someone has found more chocolate than them!
And to show just how easy, the boys and I have made a little film to demonstrate.
Happy Easter everyone! :)
Thanks so much to the kind folk at George at Asda for providing all of the Easter goodies to prop our little photoshoot and film — you can read more about our egg-cellent adventures here — and thanks also to our lovely friends at Joules for the boys’ birthday jackets.
This is a collaborative post but all thoughts, words and images, as ever, are entirely my own.