EASTER EGGS & Spring!
Hiding eggs is a great tradition and doesn’t have to end when the kids turn 10. I like to spice it up for teens and young adults. First, gather up all your old plastic eggs; use only colors that you cant see through, shiny gold works great. Write notes that are good and ‘bad’; such as, clean the garage, do the dishes, vacuum the car, or dinner out or movie tickets. Then place paper and coin money, candy and the ‘notes’ inside the eggs and hide as usual. To further entice them tell them one egg has a $20 bill inside.
Have the ‘kids’ collect the eggs and then allow them to trade eggs with each other. The fun begins when each ‘kid’ tries to figure out which eggs have money and which eggs hold notes with tasks written on them This a great (and fairly economical) way to have the kids clean the house and wash the cars!
Hide the eggs but where?
Map it or face the rotten eggs come fall!
There are lots of great places to hide Easter eggs – both indoors and outdoors. Don’t forget to consider safety and privacy issues, though.
Aside from the goodies in the baskets on Easter morning and a stuffed bunny or two, kids love the traditional Easter Egg Hunt. Whether you’re planning to host a neighborhood egg hunt or a smaller version of one for your own family, you’re going to face the challenge of finding creative hiding places for those little treasure seekers. In an effort to find 50 such places for hiding those colorful symbols of Easter fun – which include 25 each of both indoor and outdoor niches – there are a few things which need to be considered before the concealment begins.
First, let’s take a look at some outdoor locations that are suitable for hiding those hard-boiled treats. It’s important to keep in mind that, when choosing areas that are out of doors, you must be sure not to hide the eggs in a location that may be injurious to children or cause them to wander into territory that could pose potential danger. For example, hiding an Easter egg behind a car tire that’s on the underside of the car might conceal the egg, but could possibly be dangerous for children – even if the car’s in the driveway. If the vehicle should suddenly – for whatever reason – start to roll, a child might be seriously hurt or killed. The same is true for hiding eggs in higher tree limbs. A child who attempts to climb a tree in order to retrieve an Easter egg may fall and sustain an injury. Here are 25 fun places to hide eggs outside, which don’t pose potential threats to the kids.
25 OUTDOOR HIDING PLACES
1) Bicycle Basket
2) Watering Can
3) Mailbox (not recommended for roadside mailboxes)
4) Hanging Plant
5) Small Bush
6) Gardening Glove
7) Low Tree Nook
9) Behind a Picnic Table Leg
10) Tire Swing
12) Bike or Sports Helmet (attached to a bike or on the porch, for instance)
13) Interior of a Coiled Garden Hose
14) Behind a Lawn Ornament
15) Within an Empty Birdbath
16) Wheelbarrow (functional or ornamental)
17) Window Box
18) Underneath Exterior Stairwell
19) Ornamental Grass or Groundcover
20) Cushion of a Patio Chair (rear corner)
21) Interior of an Empty Birdhouse (lower level, not upper level variety)
22) Behind Gardening Tools
23) Behind a Rock
24) Within or Behind an Outdoor Toy
25) Flower Bed (outer corner)
When considering indoor hiding places, there’s also pause for thought when it comes to safety considerations. For instance, it wouldn’t be a good idea to place an Easter egg inside of a microwave oven, unless you’re sure that it’s unplugged for the duration of the egg hunt. You certainly wouldn’t want to hide them near a trash can or diaper pail, for obvious health reasons, nor should you conceal an egg in a place that may infringe on someone’s privacy, such as a dresser drawer in someone’s bedroom – particularly if children outside of the family are involved. Here are 25 suggestions for fun – and appropriate – areas that may be used during an Easter Egg Hunt.
25 INDOOR HIDING PLACES
1) Coat Pocket
3) Cereal Box
4) Opaque Kitchen Canister
5) Teapot (empty, of course!)
7) Microwave Oven (unplugged)
9) Computer Desk Cubby
10) Interior of a Boot or Shoe
11) Interior of an Empty Coffee Mug
12) Interior of a Sack of Potatoes
13) Sweater Pocket
14) Behind a Picture
15) Interior of a Cake Carrier
16) Interior of Tissue Box Opening
17) Kitchen Chair (pushed under table)
18) Cookie Jar
19) Bread Box
20) Underneath Sofa Edging
21) Among Stuffed Animals
23) Curio Shelf
24) Toy Box
25) Potted Plant (among the leaves)
One good rule of thumb when making preparations for the egg hunt is to list the hiding place of each of the eggs on a piece of paper so that they can be checked off as they’re found. Too often, an egg is forgotten and isn’t found until it makes itself obvious in a very unpleasant way. There are few things worse than a rotting egg hidden somewhere within the confines of your house.
Remember, when choosing spots to conceal eggs, always think of safety first, as well as personal privacy. Don’t place Easter eggs in an area that could be hazardous to children, and do your best not to violate anyone’s personal space – especially if children outside of the family are involved in the egg hunt. By following these simple rules and using your imagination when it comes time to hide the eggs, this year’s Easter Egg Hunt will be a success – and lots of fun, too.