I love holidays, and each year I have the pleasure of hosting a neighborhood Easter Egg hunt. We invite the children living on our block, plus a couple of my children’s close friends. Last weekend, we had our hunt and 18 kids ages 2-12. Our hunt included 450 stuffed Easter Eggs, Minute-to-Win-it games, races, egg coloring, and snacks. Everyone had a blast! Here is my guide to hosting the Ultimate Guide to a Neighborhood Easter Egg Hunt.
First made a flyer on Canva to invite the kids to the neighborhood Easter Egg Hunt. I made the flyer colorful and fun to get people excited about the hunt. I handed out some flyers at the bus stop, and I put the rest in our neighbor’s mailboxes. Making a flyer on Canva is free. Check out their site www.canva.com.
The next thing I did was purchase plastic Easter Eggs and candy. I wanted to ensure each child had enough eggs, so I purchased 450. I purchase the eggs at Walmart. They had packs of 48 eggs for $1.99, which I thought was pretty reasonable. The plastic eggs were made well and clicked when closed. They stayed closed as I was hiding them.
I purchased a bag of plastic eggs with two gold eggs. I hid one gold Easter Egg for the children five and under and one for the children six and up to find. The golden egg for the older age group had big kids written on it. This made it easier for the children to know which golden egg they were supposed to find. The older age group had to work harder to find their egg.
Once a child found a golden egg, they were instructed to give it to me for a prize.
The candy was the most expensive part of the neighborhood Easter Egg hunt. I did purchase large packs of name-brand candy such as M&Ms, Twix, Snickers, and Resee’s. I was able to find one large bag of Bunny Mix at Walmart. Which is chocolate covered with Easter-themed wrapping. This was a cheaper option, but I could only find one bag.
If you rather not hide candy in the eggs, you can hide change, dollar bills, tickets they can trade in for prizes, cereal, goldfish, Cheeze-Its, grapes, fruit snacks, or small toys.
I have a pretty flat backyard, which is not great for hiding eggs. To help with this, I purchased some cardboard Easter lawn signs and a blow-up Easter Bunny from Oriental Trading and Amazon. I hid some eggs behind the lawn signs and on the blow-up Easter Bunny.
Since I had some older children coming to the egg hunt, I had to think of creative ways to hide some eggs. I tied a string from our swingset to the fence. Next, I stuck a pipe cleaner through the top hole of the plastic egg and bent the end so that it would not come out. I twisted the other end of the pipe cleaner on the string so the eggs were hanging from the string. You can use a pipe cleaner to hand the eggs anywhere. You can hang them from the fence, trees, patio furniture, anywhere. It makes the children work a little harder to get their eggs.
My daughter Janelle asked me to add Easter Egg coloring to our hunt this year. This was a reasonable request, so we decided to give it a try this year. I purchased enough eggs for each child to color three eggs.
using my Cricut,I printed out Easter Bunnys on foil vinyl and stuck them to the eggs prior to the hunt. This was a big hit. The children really enjoyed the stickers. If you do not have a Cricut, you can purchase easter stickers.
I also set out white crayons that the children can use to write on their egg before placing it in the egg dye. my 4-year-old loves this and thinks it’s magic. The egg dye will not be attached to the wax so any design they make will show up after they dye their egg.
Once the eggs were dry the children were able to stuff paper lunch bags with Easter grass to place their Easter eggs in.
I suggest adding some games to the egg hunt. It is a great way for the children to play together. We played several games at our egg hunt. For each game, there were two winners one big kid winner and one little kid winner. Each child that won for their age group was awarded 100 points. At the end of the games, the children from each age group with the highest score would win a prize. I kept a small notepad with me so I could keep track of the points.
Spoon Race: Each child had to run holding a spoon with an egg
Bunny Hop: Each child had to hop like a bunny to the other side. Optional: You can have each child wear bunny ears while doing this.
Minute-to-WIn-it games are a great way to keep the party going. Since they are quick-moving, children do not need a long attention span to play. I did have two winners for each game, one for each age group.
Easter Minute-to-Win-it Games
Potato Sack race:
Plastic Egg Stacking:
Materials: Plastic Easter egg pieces. Object: See how many plastic egg pieces they can stack in a minute.
Jelly Bean transfer:
Jelly Bean Count:
Materials: plastic spoon, jelly beans, cup, or bowl. Object: Children have to hold the end of a plastic spoon in their mouth and see how many they can stack on the spoon in a minute
Materials: Cadbury Creme Eggs, Spoon Object: Children have to roll a Cadbury Creme Egg across the lawn by pushing it with a spoon. the child that gets the furthest in a minute wins, or whichever child passes the finish line first wins.
Cadbury Egg Race
Materials: Cadbury Creme Egg Object: Children have to walk across the lawn with a Cadbury Creme Egg on their heads. Each time it falls they have to pick it up and go back to the beginning. The child who is the furthest wins.
Head, Shoulders, Knees, Jump, Egg!
This game was the most fun by far. It is sort of like Simon Says but better:
Materials: chopsticks, two bathroom cups per child, jelly beans. Object: Using chopsticks, see how many jelly beans you can move from one cup to another in one minute
Have the children stand in two rows. Each child should be standing across from a partner with about 2-3 feet between them. Place a plastic Easter egg in the middle of each set of partners. If you have 10 kids in a row then you should have 10 eggs.
Explain to the kids that once you yell egg, they have to grab the egg. Whoever grabs the egg makes it to the next round.
Start the game: Yell out head shoulders, knees, jump egg. Whoever grabs the egg makes it to the next round. The last kid standing wins. I suggest playing a couple of practice rounds first so the kids understand what to do. You can also say spin, nose, elbows, toes, stomach. You can you any phrase that would use in Simon Says.
I handed out snacks after all the activities were finished. I purchased Easter cookies and cupcakes and water bottles. Neighbors also brought over deserts. The children enjoyed snack time.
When the snacks were over I handed everyone a bubble wand You can also hand out chalk or another outside toy. The children played outside for a bit longer than everyone went home. It was an awesome day and everyone had a great time.