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5 Tips for an "Eggcellent" Hunt

5 Tips for an "Eggcellent" Hunt

Posted by Cathy Knight on Feb 04, 2017

Dozens of Plastic Easter Eggs on Grass

5 Quick Egg Hunt Tips Below!

If you are planning an Easter egg hunt at a church, in a neighborhood, or for a community, then read our 5 quick tips below to make your activity fun for all!

(Last updated by the Carnival Savers Team on July 25, 2021)

nb-one.jpg Age Matters

It is a great idea to separate children by age. This ensures the little ones do not get "run over" in all the excitement of the egg hunt!

Depending on your area to hunt, you may wish to have children hunting for eggs at a different times, or you may divide your hunting area by age and let all children search for their eggs at the same time in sectioned off locations.

We suggestion dividing children into 4 Groups:

Toddlers (1 - 2 year olds), Preschoolers (3 - 4 year olds), K - 2nd grade, and 3rd - 5th grade.

Note: Be sure to have larger "toddler eggs" that are filled with toddler-friendly treats such as goldfish, animal crackers, packaged cereal, or toddler fruit snacks.

nb-two.jpg Set Boundaries

Some children get so excited searching for Easter eggs they may wander into areas that are not so safe - grass that is too tall, behind buildings, and other areas parents would prefer them not to be.  

Be sure to have well-defined areas for searching. Tell your older kids before the hunt so they can stay within the boundaries! It is also wise to have volunteers on the perimeter of your hunting areas just to make sure everyone is staying within the area set by your team. 

A few different ways to mark off your hunting areas include colorful pennant banners or hanging flagsplastic play cones or yard signs so your little hunters know where to stop hunting.

We find that Flag Pennant Banners are one the easiest way to mark areas outside - they set up in minutes and can be saved for next year, too!

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nb-three.jpg Have Treats for All

Of course this seems like an easy task, but with so many food allergies and sensitivities to all types of foods, having candy in all of the eggs can be frustrating for parents with children who have peanut, tree nut, egg, milk, and wheat allergies. 

We have seen many options for toy-filled Easter eggs, but after reading reviews, wondered if purchasing eggs with toys inside was a good idea. Most of the folks reviews talked about looking to see what small items had been added to their eggs before allowing the kids hunt for them. 

So, if you are opening the eggs to check to see what toy was added, why not have an Egg Stuffing Party? 

For an Easter Stuffing Party, you provide your own eggs, small Easter toys (we sell a fantastic discounted set of Egg Stuffers set we think you will agree is the best deal in town), and candy. Have volunteers stuff the eggs so that you know for a fact what was put inside of each egg! 

Consider adding toys to 1/3 or more of your eggs as alternative treats for kids! (The kid's dentists will be glad, too!)

Safety note: as a reminder, small toys (the kind that will fit into regular plastic eggs) are NOT safe for toddlers. 

nb-four.jpg Add Games for Fun

While the kids are waiting for their turn to hunt for eggs, it's a great idea to have a few outdoor or carnival-style games available. 

We have FREE do-it-yourself game ideas that are easy to set-up and play! Don't miss our Ducks In A Row spring game, which uses large stuffed ducks and small hula hoops. Also check out our original Butterfly Balloon Burst - it doesn't use sharp darts! 

Be sure to ask volunteers to help with each game. You may add consolation or top prizes, as well! 

nb-five.jpg Add Other Activities!

Of course, the life-sized Easter Bunny is always a hit for pictures, but you could also choose to have a face painting station, too!

Tip: To save time and money on face painting, why not purchase spring-themed temporary tattoos and have volunteers add decorations to children's faces and the backs of their hands? For details about setting up a face painting booth, click the link to get some great hints & tips about using baby wipes and more!

 nb-.jpgNote: Looking for Discount Egg Stuffers?

We have you covered, because we have a bulk set of small toys for Easter Eggs! These small toys make great stuffers for your eggs, and with our bulk set you get more than 1000 small toys - for about 12 cents each! 

Our set is not just a bunch of junk & unwanted toys, like other sets we have seen! Our Carnival Savers team carefully plans out a fantastic assortment of spring-themed and favorite toys that all fit inside standard sized Easter eggs. These adorable toys include mini fluffy chicks, spin tops, bright rings, funny bunny finger puppets, and more!

We are also very careful not to include toys that could resemble candy - we sure don't want to have kids guessing! 

So, you will not find sticky hands or other small toys that could be confused with candy in our set. 

Thank you for reading! 

Check out the rest of our blog for hints & tips to save you time and money during your next Easter or spring carnival event.  

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