For ages 3-6, make the egg hunt a little more challenging by assigning them only one color to collect.
For older kids, schedule a backyard hunt at dusk using flashlights to spot eggs with glow-in-the-dark paint or clear plastic eggs with glowing bracelets inside.
Make tie-dyed eggs by mixing separate containers of Kool-Aid that are red, blue, yellow and orange and spooning them onto cooled eggs. Instructions at kraftrecipes.com.
The day after Easter, items are discounted 50 percent or more. Shop for toys and other non-perishables for next year’s basket.
For Easter alone, Americans buy more than 700 million Peeps. The marshmallow treat is 60 years old this year.
Sales of jelly beans, a staple of most every Easter basket, also skyrocket, with 16 billion sold. Jelly beans have been around since 1861.
Some 90 million chocolate Easter bunnies are made every year.
Go light on candy and theme a basket with fun or useful items. For preschoolers, Play-Doh products, crayons, coloring books and board books are always fun. For ages 5-8, an outdoor-themed basket might include chalk, marbles, a bean bag, a playground ball, a set of jacks, a blindfold and a jump rope. For older kids, try sunscreen, lip balm and flip-flops for the summer or an iTunes gift card, a CD or two, and new earbuds for a music fan.
Pete the Cat Big Easter Adventure
by Kimberly Dean and James Dean
Ages 4-8. (Harper, an imprint of Harper-Collins Publishers, $9.99)
Pete awakens Easter morning to find an empty basket and a note from the Easter Bunny asking for his help hiding eggs. Book includes a poster, stickers and 12 Easter cards.
Here Comes the Easter Cat
by Deborah Underwood and Claudia Rueda
Ages 3-5. (Dial Books for Young Readers, a division of Penguin, $16.99)
The grumpy cat goes into competition with the Easter Bunny, hopping on a red motorcycle to get around instead of hopping from place to place – all the better to beat the bunny at his own game.
Don’t toss those hard-boiled eggs – disguise them in a recipe!
Creamed Eggs on Toast
Egg Salad Sandwiches
Other uses for fresh eggs: Egg Foo Young, Coddled Eggs, Egg Drop Soup, Omelet, Bread Pudding, Baked Eggs, Cream puffs, Strata, Eggs Benedict, Fried Egg Sandwich, Poached Eggs, Scrambled Eggs, Quiche, Fried Rice, Curried Eggs, Egg Frittata, Egg Burritos, Angel Food Cake, Eggs in a Nest, Egg Soufflé, Lemon Meringue Pie, French Toast and Huevos Rancheros.
For details on egg hunts across metro Atlanta, click here.
– Compiled by Amanda Allen, Jennifer Haslam and Christina Katz