Thursday, 31 March 2016

Host an Easter Egg Hunt // Holiday Activity

This year a friend and I hosted an Easter egg hunt for our children in Cabinteely Park. We found a spot that was just off the main path, far enough away from the other children at the playground, but with plenty of green space and a cool fallen tree to add an interesting visual feature. 

The moms arrived half an hour earlier to set up. We'd pre-packed approximately 60 eggs so we only had to set the eggs out and add a couple of decorations. The dads walked the kids down and followed the directional signs we'd posted along the trail.

Adorable bunny directional from Meri Meri 

The hunt was pure excitement, the absolute best moments that every child should get the opportunity to experience. It was also over in less than 10 minutes! Boy, were those kids quick- must be all the eggsersize they get! ;)

Spotted eggs in a tree branch!

An egg hunt is a fairly easy and inexpensive way to create lasting childhood memories. Here's a list of our best Egg Hunt tips...

1. Finding a Public Location
If your back garden is lacking in size, don't fret! There are so many options to host an egg hunt. Scout for locations in advance, looking for a place that is safe with minimal traffic. Avoid near playgrounds, so as to keep curious kids from being disappointed. And keep your hunt area relatively small in size, so it's easy to see everything in one quick glance.  

2. Add decorations
A couple of simple decorations can go a long way in creating a photo-worthy setting.

Recycled bunting and euro shop egg ornaments jazz up the space, if only the wind would cooperate!

3. Hiding Spots
Spread the eggs out across the grass, in the shrubbery and among the tree branches too. Hide in places that are appropriate for your age group. Keep it challenging, but also easy enough that the kids don't get discouraged if they can't find any eggs.  

Don't forget to hide eggs off the ground too. 

4. Each child needs a container
It's very difficult to collect your eggs if you've nowhere to store them. Don't forget a basket, bag or even a bucket! Check out these ridiculously cute chalkboard painted pails with chick and rabbit drawings. 

5. Group photograph before the hunt begins
Because it's easy to bribe kids with promises of chocolate!

Ready? Set? Cheese!!!!!

6. Fill those eggs
Chocolates and sweets are always a treat, but it's easy to add in some non-candy options too. Check out this post for a super simple DIY Easter Terrarium that can be reused as a bug collection jar! 

7. Use refillable plastic eggs
Add a few new ones to the mix each year but otherwise, store them for use for future hunts. Score the Easter sales too and you're already sorted for next year!  

Have you hosted an Easter Egg Hunt previously? Do you have any additional tips to include? Please let me know in the comment section below! Last year my kids and I participated in a family egg hunt that my aunts and cousins organize every year back home in Rhode Island. I'm trying to keep the tradition going across the pond here and hope I did them proud :) xx 

Two very thrilled children!


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