Easter’s just around the corner and with that, comes the Easter Bunny and egg hunt. Don’t get me wrong – I love hiding eggs for my kids to find, and I love having everyone together for a ham dinner on Easter Sunday, but egg hunts when you have 5 kids can be exhausting. Okay so the littlest one isn’t hunting for eggs quite yet, but he’s definitely part of the reason I’m tired so he’s getting a little of the blame here.
Our Easter traditions are pretty relaxed compared to a lot of families – we love the together time that comes with Good Friday and Easter Sunday and the fact that there isn’t a lot of other “stuff” that is going on. We’re not churchgoers so there’s not a rush Easter morning to find all the eggs before church or figure out how the Easter Bunny is going to hide eggs while we’re at church. I cook a ham for Easter dinner instead of a turkey so that’s a bit less prep time needed for dinner, and we don’t have a huge extended family celebration. That said, with the kids being off on Easter Monday as well, by Tuesday morning I’m pretty happy to send them off to school!
Over the years I’ve come up with a few tips to make the egg hunt a bit easier on the Easter Bunny and still have it be lots of fun for the kids.
- Always use plastic eggs – they come in multiple sizes, are re-usable, and are harder to lose than the little foil wrapped eggs. Trust me, losing a foil wrapped egg near a heating vent or in the path of spring sunlight is NOT something you want to have to clean.
- Make a list (or take photos) of the most cleverly hidden eggs so that you’ll be able to help find any the kids don’t find on their own.
- If your kids are spread out but still want to hunt, designate a colour of plastic egg for each kid. In my case, the oldest 2 are much better at hunting than the next 2, so their eggs will be hidden more carefully.
- If your older kids aren’t into the hunt anymore or are beginning to suspect that the Easter Bunny isn’t real, get them to help you hide the eggs for their younger siblings.
- This year, I’m going to try a scavenger hunt style for my oldest kids – where I’ll write clues that lead them from egg to egg and end at a single bigger present such as an Itunes card for the oldest.
- My kids aren’t big on chocolate so I’m going to experiment with filling the eggs with gummies or stickers to see if that’s more popular.
- To stop the baby from getting into the easy to find eggs for the toddler, I’m going to try putting a bit of tape on the egg to keep it closed. That way it should buy me enough time to get the egg away from him if needed!
What are your best Easter Egg Hunt tips? How has Easter evolved in your house as your kids get older?