Let’s face it, we’re competitive by nature. Finding the most eggs seems like the goal of most hunters, but for younger kids egg hunts should be about surprises and treats, not about winning or losing. Talk to the kids about keeping the egg hunt fun for everyone by leaving the more obvious eggs to be found by the younger crowd. If you are planning a hunt for kids of varying ages, try to do it in a large open area such as a park and mark off boundaries for different age groups. Suggested age breakdowns: age 3 and younger; ages 4-6; ages 7-9; ages 10-12.
Make a batch of eggs with an equal number of colors and assign each child a color; ask each child to only hunt for eggs that are “their” color. (Eggs in colors assigned to older kids can also be harder to find).
Change up what’s inside the egg. Eggs can be filled with special notes, scavenger hunt clues, stickers, small toys, money and candy.
Mix up the hiding spots. If there are “go to” secret spots to hide eggs, chances are the kids will remember them from last year. Strive to hide eggs in less obvious spots: in the mailbox, underneath the car, or in a bicycle’s basket or spokes.
Try a “treasure hunt” egg hunt. That’s when you give each child one egg with a clue in it that helps them find their next egg. When they find that egg, it holds clues to lead them to their next egg, and so on. At the end of the hunt they can come upon their “treasure” such as a stuffed animal of special egg or small basket of Easter treats.
Kids love to wear costumes. Ask kids to dress up for the hunt, but not in their Sunday best. Invite them to turn themselves into bunnies, chicks, or even eggs! Consider having prizes for costumes such as “funniest” and “best homemade bunny ears.”