If you are tired of watching your kids wrestle through crowds of children in search of just a few eggs, why not throw your own neighborhood Easter Egg Hunt? It’s way easier than you might think and everyone LOVES it. Here’s five tips to get you started:
My neighbor started the tradition of holding a neighborhood Easter Egg Hunt in their backyard every year. We looked forward to it every year. But then they moved and my kids were super disappointed. So, we decided to continue the tradition and have it in our backyard instead. It was a smashing success and not as difficult as I thought. Here’s five tips so you can throw one in your backyard.
Tip #1: Get the word out
It’s not hard to convince people to come to a free Easter Egg Hunt. All you have to do is print off a few flyers and deliver them around the neighborhood. You can also just text an image of the flyer to your friends and neighbors as well. Here’s a flyer that I used. Click on the link below to download a free PDF of the invite:
Tip #2: Collect your eggs
You shouldn’t have to provide ALL of the candy-filled eggs for the neighborhood Easter Egg Hunt. That’s why on the invitation, I asked that families drop off–in advance–12 filled Easter eggs per participating child. Everyone is always super happy to provide their portion. Of course, I filled a couple of extra eggs just in case a few people forgot to send their kids with eggs.
Tip #3: Hide some money-filled Golden Eggs
Of course, the infamous Golden Egg is what makes these Easter Egg Hunts so much fun. We had four golden eggs with $5 in each of them. So, make sure you hide those ones super well. You have to make those kids work for it!
Tip #4: Let the toddlers go first
The bigger kids have a tendency of mowing over all the little kids in order to get as many eggs as possible. That’s why, I gathered all of the kids in the front yard and let any child age 4 and younger head into the backyard and collect their eggs first. That way we avoided any unnecessary tears.
Tip #5: Limit eggs to 12 per child
Just to make sure that all of the 12-year-old kids don’t hog all of the eggs for themselves, I told everyone that they could only have 12 eggs each. If there were eggs left over afterwards, they could have more. And of course, there were PLENTY of eggs left over. Everyone left with baskets full and grins from ear to ear.
- Try a Halloween-style Easter Egg Hunt where you go door-to-door collecting eggs from individual homes.
- Have someone dress up as the Easter Bunny and visit the kids
- Invite everyone to bring a treat to the neighborhood Easter Egg Hunt so the adults can chat afterwards
- Have a bounce house or other fun activities in your backyard for the kids to enjoy.
- Put toys in the eggs instead of candy to avoid sugar overload.
I hope these neighborhood Easter Egg Hunt tips will help you this Easter season. Let me know how it goes in the comments below.
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