My nieces and nephews have been yapping about Easter eggs for days now. They’ve suggested that their parents organize a Easter egg hunt for them with lots and LOTS of chocolate eggs. If they could fast forward time, they so would, just to get their hands on a chocolate egg. Having a Easter hunt is definitely ideal for older children. BUT lately, I’ve been thinking about how my daughters can enjoy a Easter hunt just as much as their older cousins. So I came up with 5 way to organize a Easter egg hunt that caters for the enjoyment of toddlers. These five activities will work perfectly for young families with toddlers and families of multiple ages.
1. Egg trail: Have a trail of mini eggs that leads to a hidden Easter bunny (or treasure). Give each toddler or child a basket to collect their mini eggs. You can start with one trail and then branch off when nearing the treasure . They can then collect their own treasure. This is perfect for families of multiple ages.
Note: Make sure the “hidden treasure” is visible for your toddler or they will spend the next few hours looking for it.
2. What’s this, What’s that?: This is a question and rewards game. Toddlers are like sponges they really do absorb the things we show and teach them. I quite like this one because it is an opportunity to teach about the true meaning or Easter. Have a picture of Jesus Christ, a picture of Him on the cross and a picture of His resurrection. Ask your toddler who is in each picture and you can tell the story as you show the pictures. Remember! They have a short attention span so three pictures and a short story is sufficient. Put a Easter egg in their basket for every answer. You can also make it a little more interesting by quizzing them about animals, colors, body parts or objects. My daughters enjoy it when we quiz them.
3. Ride Mr Bunny to Easter Island: My girls LOVE horse riding on their daddy. Chuck your toddlers on daddy or uncle’s back and have him take them around the room to collect the hidden eggs. How fun does that sound?! OR you can have daddy follow a trail to Easter Island where the treasure will be hidden. The treasure can be a Easter bunny, photo of Jesus Christ, or even a video of your toddlers favorite animation movie. You can then sit and enjoy each other’s company, eat Mr Bunny’s chocolate ears and watch a movie. This is the perfect relaxing scenario for my family and I.
4. Egg hunters: You can play this with the the wider family. A toddler is paired with an adult and they go out searching for Easter eggs. The toddler is the only one allowed to touch and retrieve the egg. The adult is only an assistant, chaperon and a basket carrier.
5. Labelled eggs: This activity is ideal for families of multiple ages. Label the eggs and tell the older children to not collect the “red eggs” or “mini eggs”. Specifically place the eggs in prominent areas for your toddlers to find them. Look at that…now, everyone is enjoying the Easter hunt!
I’ve found that hosting a Easter hunt in confined areas are better for toddlers. Like the living room, their bedroom or dining room etc. You basically have to place the eggs in clear view, on the corner of a table, the floor, chair and anywhere you know your toddler is likely to visit in the area you choose.
Warning: To control chocolate overload, you can have your toddlers/children put the collected chocolate to one basket and only give them one or two to indulge in.
So, what are your plans for this Easter weekend? If you have any other ideas to add to my Easter egg hunt activities for our toddlers, please do share in the comment box below 🙂