This weekend we are hosting an Easter hunt for my niece, little sister and some friends. They range in age from 2 – 12, and so I have been thinking a great deal about how to make things fair for everyone. I have been to many hunts where the bigger kids have found all the eggs first and the little ones have been left without. I am hoping to avoid this at our hunt.
My parents were fantastic at executing a hunt. They wrote us individual poems to give us clues, allocated us each one part of the garden to search in and made sure that no one grabbed more than his/her quota. With all the sugar intake, tempers can fray and I really do think it is important to make sure that no arguments will happen. With a bit of pre-planning everyone can have fun.
We are holding our hunt in the local park, which makes it difficult to hide eggs without risking the public, a dog or an errant duck finding the eggs first. Here is what we came up with to solve this potential problem:
Each kid gets assigned a specific colour at the beginning of the hunt. The colour relates to prize ‘tickets’ made from card, in each colour, which are hidden around the park. The children use these tickets to claim eggs from a nominated adult. They also get a piece of paper which says the following:Easter Bunny likes to build a nest each year to protect her eggs. She has asked that you help her by collecting some materials. In return for each item you find, you will receive a little thank-you gift from her. Remember to look carefully; some of the materials might not be easy to find. In addition to these materials, she has also hidden little tickets in your special colour, which you can use to claim eggs. Easter Bunny loves this park, as it is her home, and asks that you don’t hurt any trees or plants while you are collecting. 4 leaves of different shapes = mystery prize 3 twigs of different sizes = mystery prize 1 feather = 1 egg 1 green leaf = 1 egg 1 brown leaf = 1 egg
The prizes can be anything from larger eggs to small toys. This year I made these sweet bunnies as a prize which you can print, as well as decorating mugs and plates with each child’s name. You can find the instructions here.