Like Christmas, Easter is celebrated with joy around the world. Many people anticipate this day including the children as Easter is a happy time that concludes the usually somber Lenten days.
Putting Easter and children together brings about images of children running around with baskets – it’s Easter egg hunt time!
Here are some of ideas to make your Easter egg hunt fun and interesting for children of all ages.
In other countries, they use the bunny’s footprint to make a trail of the hopping bunny that left all the eggs for Easter. Of course for us, it’s the Bilby.
Little children will definitely enjoy looking for the bilby’s trail and following it to look for Easter eggs. If you have older children, make sure the trail is a little more challenging.
Easter Egg Dive
If you have a little space to hide all those eggs, hide them in one room or a contained play area then cover the space with balloons or small soft plastic balls. Let the children dive in and search for the eggs to their heart’s content.
Make sure there are no sharp or unsafe objects around the area to avoid any accidents. Adult supervision is needed especially with little kids.
Wet and Fun
Hide Easter eggs in a tub of bubbly water, inflatable pool or even a kiddie pool. Have children fish for it or swim to retrieve the eggs and just have fun in the water.
Egg hunt in bath tubs, big tubs or inflatable pools can have children use tongs or ladles to retrieve the egg. Doing so is a great fine motor activity.
Make sure to supervise the children to prevent any accidents from happening. Stay in the water when using a kiddie pool.
Instead of adding sweets like chocolates and candies in the eggs, try putting action words in the eggs along the trail. Each time a child gets an egg, open the egg and read the action word inside. The child needs to complete the action before looking for the next egg.
Use words that you already introduced to the children like hop, skip, jump, run, walk, sit, stand, crawl, go and stop. You may even put the same words on a chart and pair it with a picture of them doing the action word as a sight reading chart.
Plan and create an obstacle course for the children to make the egg hunt more exciting than the usual ones.
Use tunnels, monkey bars, skip ropes and even mini sack races as long as it is appropriate for the age of children participating the egg hunt. These activities are good for gross motor skills but do watch the children and pay attention to avoid anyone from getting seriously injured.
Draw a map of the buried treasure and let children pretend to be pirates with several x marks for small eggs and one big x mark for the giant surprise egg or golden egg!
Map reading is an important tool to build on spatial reasoning skills. Spatial thinking allows people to “picture the locations of objects, their shapes, their relations to each other and the paths they take as they move.” Map reading supports spatial thinking and a healthy skill set puts the child at an advantage in our increasingly global and technical society.
There are so many fun ways to do an Easter egg hunt and we can make it educational too! At the same time, we should all remember the significance of the season. Eggs is a symbol for new life, new beginnings – something afforded for us by the death and resurrection of Jesus.