The hunt for Easter eggs is a very funny tradition that comes from Northern Europe (Anglophone countries and German language and culture in the first place) that has not yet caught on in Italy (maybe it will still take a few more years, as happened for Halloween!).
Organizing one is really simple and your kids will be thrilled! Not only that, you too can have some respite for a couple of hours while they are busy hunting! The ideal would be to plan it for the afternoon of Easter Sunday , to recover from the lunch binge !
Let’s see what you need together :
- a garden or alternatively, if it rains or if you don’t have a garden, a couple of rooms to “sacrifice” for the purpose
- as many wicker baskets as there are children (but any container is fine!)
- many many many colored eggs
- optional tool: grandparents who can act as judges or help children
- as perfect Easter Bunnies (don’t worry, for this time we won’t ask you to disguise yourself!) place the eggs in the garden (or in the rooms you have set up) choosing the hiding places according to various levels of difficulty, so all children (even the youngest ones) will have the opportunity to play and have fun.
- the eggs you will hide can be of all types: real eggs colored by you or wrapped with colored paper, chocolate eggs, plastic eggs with candies inside … in short, free your imagination!
- divide the children into groups , according to the various age groups, and assign each one a color : that will be the color of the eggs that they will have to find during the hunt. Obviously, the eggs of the color assigned to the little ones will be those you have placed in the simplest hiding places
- communicate to each group the number of eggs they must find
- for older children, you can organize a real treasure hunt with clues and riddles that they will have to solve from time to time to find the next egg
- younger children are allowed to have suggestions, grandparents can fill this role
- the children will have to place the eggs in their baskets, which they will bring you when they have found all the eggs
- the group that finds them all in the shortest time wins
- on the prizes you have carte blanche: toys, big Easter eggs, sweets … whatever you want!
I conclude with a tip: if you don’t want to spend the evening looking for eggs that the children have not found and whose hiding place you have forgotten, make a map or a list of the chosen hiding places. You will avoid going crazy in search of the lost egg!