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I had forgotten this until I read an article on another site. We use to hide our children's Easter Baskets and they would have to hunt for them. Being 5 children, if they found someone else's, they were not allowed to say that. They had to leave it where it was.
One year, our youngest child's basket was hidden in the fireplace (of course the fireplace was clean) and she was the last one to find hers. She was getting pretty jumpy, thinking the Easter Bunny didn't leave her anything until we began playing hot and cold with her. It was so funny to see her retrieve her basket from the fireplace.
Oh those wonderful memories of times gone by. They just last a lifetime. So try it; you may find you will have some wonderful memories later on when they become older.
By gem from VA
We colored them together and discussed each one that way he remembered more of them for the hunt. He would say "oh gramma I haven't found the one with the stars on it yet" as he looked through his basket.
We take lots of pictures and build lots of memories for his future this way along with having a total ball at the time.
By Ann Winberg from Loup City, NE
We color and hide Easter eggs every year for our 4 children to find Easter morning. Early on when we only had 2, we found one always found more then the other and a lovely morning quickly turned into a fight! So I started assigning a colored string of yarn draped throughout the house with Easter eggs hidden along the way per child. Each child has to follow their own color and as they follow the winding trail behind couches, under tables, and over TVs, they also collect their eggs and it all leads to their Easter baskets. The kids love waking up to the mess of yarn in the living room and no one argues about who got more eggs!
By maria from Branford, FL
When I was a kid, I never enjoyed Easter egg hunts because there was always that one kid who would happen to find most of the eggs, leaving the rest of us with just a few. It never felt good. Now, with a little effort, Easter egg hunts can be fun and fair.
Simply paint your egg gathering containers with coordinating colours to match the eggs and allow to dry.
To avoid jealousy and hard feelings at an Easter Egg Hunt for your kids or grandkids, use all the same color eggs for each person. Example: blue for Joey, pink for Amy, yellow, green and purple for other kids, etc.
My children enjoy easter egg hunts, but when it was too cold outside to have it, I would take jellybeans, and hide them inside instead of using the colored eggs.
Go on an Easter egg hunt at the flea market. I did this one year for my Easter display. I looked at every booth for any kind of Easter egg (ceramic, glass, porcelain, etc.).
All year, I secretly save up little trinkets from the dime machine, or the quarter machine, and store them away for Easter.
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I would like to do a scavanger hunt for my girlfriend's kids for Easter, instead of just giving them Easter baskets. Does anyone have any ideas for some clues. I will probably do it inside the house since it is still cold outside.
We do this every year and we have 2 different age groups to contend with. For the older ones we use clues like I go round and round (clothes dryer) and Brrrrr I am cold (Freezer). They have to find the first egg which is very visible and inside it is the next clue and a small prize and on and on until they get to the big prize. For the little ones who cannot read we draw pictures of where to go next.
You can do an egg hunt in the dark and let them use flashlights. Also, I like to make a special egg for each child with their name on it and everyone is instructed not to pick up an egg if it does not have their name on it. Kids don't mind hunting eggs in the cold, so I would reccomend doing it outside. We did it inside once and the pictures are awful! Also, I like to put money, coins and dollars in the eggs.
Great idea! We have been doing this in my family since I was a child -- with variations every year. For every egg we found, my mother read us part of a story she had written (usually about some kids looking for baskets) until, at the end of the last "chapter," (read when we found the last hidden egg) she would tell us where the children found their baskets, which was always where we could find ours.
TRY a TREASURE HUNT instead. The end PRize being their Easter Baskets. If you hide eggs the first clue could be hidden inside one of those plastic eggs(maybe yu could decorate it with tube paints first so it is SPECIAL) The clue should be simple, Dr. Suess - like rhymes that cripiticly lead to the next clue. ( Example : on a treasure hunt where the clues are hidden : #1 in egg, #2 taped under kitchen table, #3 under childs pillow, #4 in refrigerator, #5 in bath tub// the clues would be :
(#1 - in egghunt egg)
Happy Happy Easter Day
This is clue # 1 , sending you on your Way
At this Treasure hunts end you will find
An Easter Basket made with you in mind.
Under the table where you eat your food
You will find clue Number Two
(#2, taped under kitchen table)
Go where sleepy Tommy lays his head at night
And find clue # 3 - You just might!
(#3 under childs pillow)
People ask this about the place of clue #4
Does the little light go off when you shut the door?
(clue #4 in the refrigerator)
In the place where you get your body all clean
There clue # 5 is waiting to be seen.
(#5 goes in bath tub) an so on, make it as easy or hard as their ages.
For a number of years we have laid out a trail of the initials of the child (or the first initial only) with a small chocolate egg as a reward at each finding.This can be done with colored cardboard cutouts or something bright as long as it attracts the children.
When all the children are present they are told to follow their own initial on the trail until they come to the final surprise. This does not need to be an extra long trail and can be played inside or outside.
Parents will get involved with very young children and the older children will race as quickly as possible to get their prize.
Along with candy filled eggs, my daughter's boyfriend suggested "Grandma Eggs"- Eggs with Grandma's 'words of wisdom'- like- Eat your vegatables, Don't forget to brush and floss, etc. You can even personalize them by ASKING Grandma, pa or whoever for their own personal words of wisdom. I thought it was cute! Brendan also suggested little games inside the eggs-'Stand on one foot for 15 seconds', give one green egg away to the person who is having the next birthday, whistle row-row row your boat, etc. This boy has 9 siblings so they know how to MAKE fun inexpensively! A big loving family!
Happy Easter Everyone!
Hey I baby-sit and I'm always trying to come up with new treasure hunt clues for the kids. I need help! any ideas?
ex. The treasure is hidden where movies are watched and change is lost (the couch). Please post your ideas :) Thank you
Here is a suggestion but it takes a year to come to fruition so you have to be patient. I had a flower garden that I put annuals in each year, so one year I took a bunch of plastic eggs and filled with money, prize notes, etc. No food and buried them in the fall in that garden. The next year the kids got Easter pails with little garden shovels and trowels and had to dig up the eggs. This got my ground all turned over and we had a muddy blast!
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The fun of being a kid is looking forward to the "Easter Egg Hunt".
By Laura from Orlando, Florida
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"Where is Kylie, we can't wait forever."
Wonder who got the $10.00 in the Easter Egg Hunt?
"Wow, aren't they beautiful", and what fun it was!
They are all gorgeous children! Look the happy faces! I love it. (04/27/2007)
What wonderful memories! I can remember watching my own children and grandchildren having fun like that. Thanks for sharing with us. God bless you! (04/28/2007)
By Pat Giles