Is there anything more exciting to a child on Easter morning than trying to find brightly colored eggs hidden among the grass, filled with tiny treasures? While candy and coins are always in style, if you are looking for some more creative egg hunt themes, give these a try!
When deciding what to fill your eggs with, take into account the size of the treasures that will be nestled inside. Will the standard sized eggs suffice or should you consider jumbo eggs?
Personally I try to theme my egg hunts to my children’s interests. Here are some of my favorites.
If your child loves the outdoors and has a fascination with plants and gardening, fill eggs with gardening items for a perfect way to ease into spring. Fill eggs with various seeds for a variety of vegetables, herbs, and flowers, or even expanding dirt pellets! In lieu of an easter basket consider using a planter, large watering can, or decorative pot. You can include extra items like gardening tools or gloves to complete the experience.
For budding artists, consider filling eggs with mini crayons, markers, stencils, mini paint tubes, clay, stamps, pom poms, googly eyes, stickers, beads, and more! The items are endless to spark your artists creativity. Extra items like sketch pads, canvases, or a book of craft ideas can complete the Easter basket.
Sensory bins and activities are always a hit with kids of all ages. Fill eggs with water beads (unsaturated in plastic bags), grow pets, slime, play dough, kinetic sand, play foam, or tiny plastic creatures. Instead of an Easter basket consider using a large colorful bin to store the items in. You can include things like funnels, Play Doh toys, and measuring items.
For the Gamer
Kids love games, and for many kids, this year especially has seen an increase in game and device usage considering the limitations placed upon us by the pandemic. Cheap video games, such as used games for Nintendo DS can be purchased at Gamestop for sometimes even less than a dollar each. Just make sure to get them outside before they hop back on their beloved game systems.
The Pokemon phase is still going strong. If you have an up-and-coming Pokemon trainer or Pokemon enthusiast in your life, purchase mini pokemon figures and have them hidden in the eggs for your trainer to complete their Pokedex. Get round “eggs” to complete the Pokeball look!
This is a great idea for pre teens and teens. Mini makeup samples, face masks, Chapsticks, and small nail polishes can create a great self care egg hunt. Complete the theme with giftable items such as a new bath towel, pair of slippers, or new makeup bag.
A new lego set is a childhood dream come true. These bricks never get old. You can either use loose bricks for endless building potential or break down a specific set (just be sure to keep the instructions.) Hide the bricks in the eggs and have your little architect search for the pieces they need to build their latest masterpiece.
Jillian Amodio is a mother of two, mental health advocate and creator of Moms For Mental Health, and social work student at Salisbury School of Social Work. She is passionate about family, health and wellness, and spreading joy like glitter! She lives in Cape Saint Claire with her husband, children, and crazy dog.