12 Best Ideas For An Easter Egg Hunt for Large Families 2023 Guide
Looking for ideas for an Easter egg hunt for large families? Look no further! Our guide will certainly help you plan an unforgettable Easter this year.
Easter is a joyous time of the year that many families look forward to, so we’re here to give larger families ideas for an Easter egg hunt that you can continue each year.
It’s a fun tradition that allows families to get together and have a good time while searching for eggs filled with candy and other goodies. However, organizing an Easter egg hunt for a large family can be a daunting task, especially if you want to keep it exciting and fresh every year. This article will provide you with some of the best large family ideas for an awesome Easter egg hunt that you can continue each year.
You know, Easter egg hunts are a lot of fun in our family, although we choose not do do the Easter bunny the way we don’t do Santa traditions either. But, we have a lot of fun searching for Easter eggs!
We’ve also had our fair share of tears because someone got too many eggs. We’ve also lost an egg or two that wasn’t found until the following year – whoops! After years of learning, we are sharing some of the best ways to hold an Easter egg hunt that that the whole family will love.
How to hold the perfect Easter egg hunt
OK, let’s get started with our awesome Easter egg hunt ideas you’ll love.
1. Change the day of your Easter egg hunt
Many families have religious traditions and attend church on Easter Sunday, and this can interfere with the timing of the Easter egg hunt. To avoid any overlap or scheduling conflicts, you could choose to host the egg hunt the day before Easter. This way, your family can participate in the hunt and also observe any religious traditions on Easter Sunday.
We personally enjoy going to church on Easter Sunday, and sometimes the Easter egg hunt can take away from the importance of the day. We like to do our Easter egg hunt on Saturday instead so that Sunday we can focus on the true meaning of Easter.
If you’re like us and like to focus on the Savior, then you may like our guide for a Christ-centered Easter egg hunt to do on Easter Sunday.
2. Don’t use grass in the Easter baskets
Why not have a creative Easter egg hunt? Although the Easter basket is an essential part of the Easter egg hunt, and while grass may be the traditional stuffing for baskets, it can create a mess! Tissue paper is an excellent alternative to grass and can be recycled or reused for other purposes. Additionally, it’s easier to clean up and doesn’t create a mess when dragged around the house during the hunt.
We tend to use tissue paper instead of grass in the baskets. We hate the mess grass makes, and when they’re on an Easter egg hunt, it just gets dragged all over the house!
Plus, the tissue paper can be repurposed for gift bags, or it can be used again next year!
3. Easter egg color assignments to avoid tears
One of the biggest challenges with Easter egg hunts is making sure that every child gets the same number of eggs. To avoid any arguments or tears, you could assign a specific color of eggs to each child. This way, if a child finds an egg that is not their color, they know to keep searching. Assigning colors also allows you to hide eggs in different locations based on the child’s age and abilities, making it more fun and exciting for everyone.
In our home, we assign a different color egg for each child so they end up with the same amount of Easter eggs. If they find an egg that isn’t their color, they just move along and keep searching. It allows us to hide the younger children’s eggs in easier spots without the older children taking them all first.
4. Divide the labor (and locations)
Another way to make sure everyone gets an equal number of eggs is by dividing the house into sections, which is what we do! Assign each section to a child or a group of children and let them hide Easter eggs in that area. This way, each child gets to participate in the fun of hiding and finding eggs, and you can ensure that the eggs are hidden in an age-appropriate location.
This method also allows you to supervise the hunt better, and you can prevent any mishaps or accidents.
The great part is that we only have to help the younger kids hide eggs for the older kids……and make sure the older kids aren’t hiding the eggs in spots that are too difficult for the younger kids.
5. Recycle the Easter eggs
When looking for Easter egg hunt ideas, why not use plastic eggs which can be reused year after year, unless they are completely broken. This means that you don’t have to keep buying new Easter eggs every year, saving you time and money. Additionally, you can donate the eggs to your child’s school or homeschool association for other egg hunts throughout the year. We actually use many of the recycled eggs for egg hunts we do with our homeschool associations.
6. Set the ground rules
Before the hunt begins, set some ground rules for a traditional Easter egg hunt to make sure that everyone has a fun and fair experience. Rules such as “no opening eggs until the hunt is over” or “don’t tell another child where their egg is unless they ask” are simple but effective ways to keep the hunt enjoyable for everyone. Be sure to go over the rules with the children before the Easter egg hunt begins, so they are aware of what is expected of them before they eat all the eggs!
7. Don’t only hide candy
While candy is a popular item to include in Easter eggs, it can be a little overwhelming for some children, and parents may not want their children to consume too much sugar during the scavenger hunt.
To mix things up, you could hide other small items in the regular Easter egg hunt, such as these stickers, erasers, stamps, quarters, or puzzle pieces.
You could even include these redeemable tickets that the children can cash in for special privileges or activities such as “one day of not doing dishes” or “a trip to the zoo.” This can add an element of surprise and make the hunt more exciting.
But,nothing makes a candy holiday worse than kids who eat too much and have an upset stomach or are too wired. We also like to hide items other than candy in the eggs. Here are some of our favorite Non-Candy Easter Egg Fillers (depending on age, of course), along with links to where you can purchase some!
8. Creating an Easter egg relay race
If you have a large family and want to get everyone involved in the Easter egg hunt, consider creating an Easter egg relay race which is a fun Easter egg hunt idea. Split the family into teams, and have each team race to find and collect a specific number of Easter eggs.
Once the eggs are collected, the team has to bring them back to a designated spot before the next team can go. The first team to collect all their Easter eggs and bring them back wins!
9. Easter egg hunt crafts
Creating crafts related to the Easter egg hunt can be a great way to get the family involved in the planning process. You can make your own Easter baskets, decorate eggs, or even create clues or maps for a scavenger hunt. This can be a fun way to get everyone excited about the hunt and to create lasting memories. Make sure you check out our 19 DIY Easter Crafts That Kids Can Do to help you make fun memories with your family.
10. Outdoor and indoor Easter egg hunts
When thinking of Easter egg hunt ideas, remember it doesn’t necessarily have to be outside! If the weather is nice, an outdoor Easter egg hunt can be a great way to enjoy the day. Although a traditional Easter egg hunt might be thought of being outside, if the weather doesn’t cooperate, you can easily move the egg hunt indoors. Hide eggs around the house, or even create a maze using furniture and other objects to make the scavenger hunt more challenging.
11. Creating a themed Easter egg hunt
Take your Easter egg hunt ideas to the next level! While the traditional Easter egg hunt can be a lot of fun, spicing things up with a a creative Easter egg hunt and make it a theme which can make the day even more exciting for everyone involved.
Choose a theme that the whole family will enjoy, and build your hunt around that. For example, you could do a superhero-themed hunt where each child has to collect eggs with their favorite superhero on them. Or, you could have a Disney-themed hunt where the eggs are hidden in areas that correspond to different Disney movies.
12. Creating an Easter egg scavenger hunt
If your family is up for a challenge, one Easter egg hunt idea is to turn it into a scavenger hunt. This requires a bit more planning, but it can be a lot of fun. Create a series of clues that lead the hunters to the eggs, with each clue leading to the next. You can even make the clues more difficult for the older kids and easier for the younger ones, so everyone has a chance to participate.
Bonus tip for a perfect Easter egg hunt for large groups
Our homeschool association has around 300 families in it – that’s about 700 kids! It makes for a somewhat chaotic egg hunt, especially since it’s all run by volunteers!
However, we’ve got it down to a science! Here’s how to have a perfect Easter egg hunt with a large group of children.
First, have the parents fill 10 eggs per child. Then, label each egg with the number 1 through 10.
Eggs are to be dropped off at one person’s house before the event. Then the that person goes with volunteers (or the teens and tweens groups) to “hide” the eggs at a park or field.
When the kids are released to start the Easter egg hunt, they are only allowed to get 10 eggs, and the eggs have to each have a different number! So if the kid finds an egg with the number 3, they can’t pick up another egg that also has a 3.
This way the hunt lasts a little longer, and everyone gets a fair amount of eggs. The eggs are filled with different, fun items, but no one gets left out.
It also encourages children to help each other when they find an egg with a number they have already found. You will often hear a child shouting, “Anyone need a #4?” since they’ve already gotten that egg.
We love doing these hunts with our homeschool association because it’s all fun and no tears!
Easter egg hunt safety tips
While Easter egg hunts can be a lot of fun, it’s important to keep safety in mind. Here are some tips to keep your family safe during the hunt:
- Make sure all Easter eggs are visible and not hidden in dangerous areas such as near sharp objects or in areas where children could easily trip or fall.
- Be aware of any food allergies in the family and avoid putting any allergens in the Easter eggs.
- While you’re thinking about Easter egg hunt ideas, ensure that small children are supervised during the hunt to prevent them from putting small objects in their mouths.
- Remind children not to run or push each other during the hunt, as this could result in injuries.
- Avoid hiding Easter eggs in areas that could be dangerous, such as near water or in areas with heavy traffic.
Other Easter Ideas
Check out these other great Easter guides to help you plan an epic Easter this year!
- Free Easter Printables for Kids
- 50+ Non-Candy Easter Egg Fillers
- 15 Easter Wreaths for Spring
- 19 Easy DIY Easter Décor Ideas
- Christ-Centered Easter Egg Hunt
- Easter Sour Cream Sugar Cookies
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