Easter has always been one of my favorite holidays. Looking back to when I was little, I remember coloring Easter eggs with my family. My dad always made the most amazing eggs. He would draw elaborate pictures on them, like ocean themes with sailboats. On the night before Easter, we would leave out carrots for the Easter bunny, next to our colored eggs. When we woke up in the morning, there would be carrot crumbs and a note from the Easter bunny on the table, next to our filled Easter Baskets. The note would instruct us to find our Easter eggs that the bunny hid around the house. Later in the day we would head over to my grandfather’s house for Easter dinner and big family Easter egg hunt with all of the cousins. We all eventually outgrew Easter egg hunts but now, years later, all of us cousins have families of our own. After my oldest son was born, I decided to bring back the Annual Easter Egg Hunt Tradition. This year will be our 3rd Egg Hunt and I’m excited to share with you my Easter Egg Hunt Ideas to help you throw The Perfect Easter Egg Hunt!
Easter Egg Hunt Ideas
Our family Easter Egg Hunt consists of 13 children. When the children arrive at our home, they are each given an Easter bucket that I fill with some Easter goodies. Instead of grass at the bottom of the bucket, I use tissue paper. It’s much less messy!
The first year we had an egg hunt, I limited the kids to 12 eggs each, plus one golden egg. Once the older kids found their 12 eggs, they had to help the younger kids find theirs. This worked out great because we had a lot of really young kids that weren’t the best hunters yet and this allowed even the youngest ones to get a good amount of eggs. The eggs were spread across our yard, hidden along the fences, and inside and on top of some of our yard toys. I filled the majority of the eggs with candy, and some with Easter themed toys that I purchased on OrientalTrading.com. The golden eggs had money in them. The second year, the kids were a little older so we added many more eggs and I decided to get more creative with my egg hiding. Everyone was allowed to grab as many eggs as they could plus one golden egg. I believe each kid collected around 25 eggs. Here are a couple fun Easter egg hiding spots that I came up with:
1. Water Table – I pulled out our small water table and filled it up with streamers. I then hid Easter eggs under the streamers. I think this year, I’ll also add a kiddie pool of streamers!
2. Hula Hoops – I blew up a bunch of balloons and tied them to hula hoops. I laid the balloon filled hula hoops around our yard and hid Easter eggs in between the balloons.
No Easter Egg Hunt is complete without games! My family loves to have fun, adults included, so I had to come up with an extensive game list. I make little card necklaces to keep track of winners. Every time we have a winner, I punch a hole in their card. The first person to win 5 games, wins the first place prize, which is a bit Easter basket filled with treats. The second person to win 5 games wins a smaller basket of treats. Everyone who participated in the games wins a package of Peeps or a chocolate bunny. Here’s a list of 10 games we love to play:
1. Egg In Spoon Race – I found a great egg in spoon game on OrientalTrading.com. This is a wooden set with color coordinated eggs and spoons.
2. Potato Sack Race – OrientalTrading.com also sell “Bunny Hop” sacks. These sacks are great quality and have lasted us three years, even though some very rough adults have used them!
3. Wheel Barrel Race – Everyone loves the wheel barrel race! This is a great game for parents to play with their kids!
4. Musical Chairs – Musical chairs is a classic game that should always be played at parties! Old and young, everyone will have fun!
5. Duck Waddle & Crab Walk Race – These games are sure to get everyone laughing. For the duck waddle, everyone has to line up, squat down and hold their ankles. At the count of three, everyone races to the finish line, waddling like ducks! For the crab walk, have everyone get on all fours with their bellies up, and race to the finish line! So much fun!
6. Nose Roll – Have everyone line up and at the count of three, roll an egg using only their nose, to the finish line. We use the wooden eggs from the egg in spoon race set.
7. Limbo – Limbo is always a hit with the kids (and adults in my family), so we play it every year!
8. High Jump – The little ones can participate in the game but this one is definitely for the older kids and adults. Start with a rope laying on the ground. Have everyone hop over. Once everyone takes a turn, lift the rope a little and have everyone go again. Continue to gradually raise the rope to see who can jump the highest.
9. Bunny Ears Ring Toss – I found an inflatable bunny ears ring toss game on OrientalTrading.com. As long as it’s not a super windy day, this game is lots of fun!
10. Three Legged Race – Another classic! Have your guests grab a partner and tie their legs together. At the count of three, have everyone race to the finish line!
To add a bit more fun to our Easter Egg Hunt, we always have a visit from the Easter Bunny! I found a fairly inexpensive bunny costume online and every year, one of my relatives dresses up and takes pictures with the kids. I hang plastic pastel table clothes (purchased at the dollar store) on a wall and set a wicker bench in front of them for the pictures. Plastic tablecloths make a great, inexpensive backdrop!
I hope you find these egg hunt and game ideas helpful when it comes to planning your Easter get together! If your family has any other fun Easter traditions, I’d love to hear them! Please share your ideas with me on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram!