How to Make Your Own Easter Egg Hunt for Kids

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When you’re hosting the annual Easter egg hunt, there’s a lot riding on your shoulders. Whether it’s just you and your kids or the entire roster of nieces and nephews, Easter egg hunts are something that children look forward to all year long—and remember for years to come. So you should work your hardest to make the event go off without a hitch. That shouldn’t be too difficult if you follow our steps for putting on the best Easter egg hunt possible:

  • Decorate. Like any other holiday, Easter is a great excuse to decorate. Easter egg hunts will be even more fun if you set the scene, so make sure you take advantage of this opportunity. Decorate with Easter grass and bunny figurines; print out some pastel paper eggs and scatter them around the house; put out a bowl of chocolate eggs. The exact embellishments don’t matter so much as the atmosphere you cultivate, which should be one of festive fun.
  • DIY “baskets.” Before your kids set out on their hunt, they’re going to need something in which to collect their findings. Instead of passing out cheap baskets from the store, consider making your own baskets—or, rather, buckets. Craft blog Sew Many Ways offers this simple tutorial for creating Easter egg buckets out of large cans, like the kind that hold pizza sauce for a commercial kitchen (your local pizzeria will probably hand them over freely). Punch a hole in either side of the can so that you can string a shoelace through as a handle. Then spray-paint the cans to coordinate with the colors of the eggs you’ll be hiding. That way, you can just pass out the pails and tell kids to look for eggs that are in their bucket’s hue.
  • Dye or stuff the eggs. Whether you’ll be hiding real eggs or plastic ones, this is an important step. If you’re opting for actual hard-boiled eggs, dye them with your kids. Not only is this a fun family activity, it’ll get them excited about the Easter egg hunt. You don’t have to stick with store-bought dyes, either. Check out some of these Easter-oriented tutorials for creative ways to decorate eggs, such as using dyes naturally derived from fruits and vegetables or covering them with washi tape.
  • Hide ‘em. Consider your audience when you’re hiding the eggs. Older kids will want a challenge, but younger ones might get frustrated and lose interest if their hiding spots are too hard to find. That’s why it’s helpful to assign each child or age group a certain color to look for and not just let kids run off and grab any eggs willy nilly.
  • Let the Easter bunny help. If your little ones still believe in the Easter bunny, then enlist his aid in the Easter egg hunt. You can print out this cute kit and use the clues to direct kids toward their eggs. From half-chewed carrots to bunny footprints, the fun hints will likely delight your youngsters along the way.
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