For many, Easter and eggs go hand-in-hand. Throughout history, eggs have been viewed as symbols of new life and fertility, and with the Easter holiday coinciding with the start of spring, incorporating the use of eggs in the Easter celebration is the perfect way to honor the holiday and have fun with family and friends.
Cultural traditions involving eggs differ throughout the world. Intricate egg designs are associated with Eastern European countries and egg trees are associated with Germany and Austria. In the U.S., the White House celebrates Easter each year with an Egg Roll on the lawn. Some believe the tradition of the Easter egg hunt stems from the belief that the Easter Bunny sometimes dropped eggs along its journey.
Easter eggs hunts are a popular American tradition.
How to prepare for an egg hunt:
Colored plastic eggs and carrots, bunnies and sports-themed "eggs" are necessities for throwing a fun Easter egg hunt. And goodies to fill the eggs are essential. Candy filled eggs are always a hit, but eggs filled with other Easter favors such as jewelry and toys are fun, too.
Before the hunt:
To give adults time for the hunt preparation, it's good advice to plan activities for the kids to keep them distracted. Having the kids create easy-to-make bunny and chick masks out of white paper plates and some art supplies is a fun and festive way to pass the time.
Or, you can keep the kids busy making Easter egg baskets to fill with eggs during the hunt. Craft stores sell a wide variety of colorful baskets as well as products to decorate them with - including everything from flowers and bunnies that can be woven in with wire.
If you don't have time to make a basket, fancy versions are sold at chain stores like Party City, or simpler versions are even available in local grocery stores.
Let's get a-hoppin'
Once you're ready for the egg hunt, it's a good tip to hide about eight-to-ten eggs per child and set up parameters for the hunt area. The hunt area can be divided into zones or leaders can assign specific egg colors for different age groups. This keeps the competition equal and the fun will likely last longer.
To round out the egg hunt or any Easter celebration, have an adult dress in a bunny costume to hand out gifts and serve up some egg-themed treats such as egg salad sandwiches, deviled eggs and egg-shaped cookies.