10 Alternate Activities for Easter Eggs

Children with Easter BasketsIt’s well known there’s a formula for Easter fun that goes something like this: dye eggs, hunt for them, devour your Easter basket. There might be church and lunch somewhere in there, too, but when it’s all laid out for you it looks pretty bland doesn’t it?

This year, shake it up. Add something new in that formula that will energize Easter. No, buying new Easter candy doesn’t count (but it doesn’t hurt either!). Instead, try these 5 egg-cellent activities and 5 Easter egg hunt variants that’ll help you get more use out of eggs than just dying them.

Egg Spoon Relay GameEgg Spoon Relay
– Make sure you have a few hard-boiled eggs at your disposal, split your kids into teams and give each team member a plastic spoon. Have the kids hold the handle of their spoon in their mouth. While balancing the egg on the other end of the spoon, have the kids’ race to a designated point and back. If the egg drops while they’re racing they have to go back to the start. Successful team members must deposit the egg onto the next team member’s spoon without using their hands. Like any good relay, the winning team is final member of the team to cross the finish line before the other’s team does.

Egg Under-The-Chin Relay
– Again, split your group into teams. Much like the spoon relay above, have the first member of your team race to a designated point and back. This time, though, they’re holding the egg between their chin and chest. If the egg drops while racing they have to go back to the start and try again. Trading eggs with their team members without using their hands can often be a humorous sight! For added challenge, have team members carry and trade the eggs without cracking them. As you can imagine, this gentler version of the race may require a basketful of eggs at your disposal.

Easter Egg BasketsEgg Bowling
– Place a white egg in a fairly good-sized open area. Have kids stand or sit a few paces away from the target and see who can roll their egg closest. Whoever gets closest is the winner! For added fun, mark off the area with tape and add point values to each area much like a dartboard. This game works best on a hard, flat surface or floors. Playing on carpet works fine, too; it’ll just require more forceful rolls.

Eggshell Pictures – Simple and fun, this craft makes art from your dyed eggshells. Have kids draw and color a fun Easter picture. Put the colorful eggshells in a snack bag or sandwich bag and crush them up into tiny pieces. You can also add a pinch of glitter to make your shells sparkle. Shake up your mix and set it aside for now. Next kids will want to outline their picture with glue. Sprinkle your eggshell and glitter mix over the entire picture and wait a few moments to let the shells really sink into the glue. When you feel it’s secure enough, shake off the excess shells to reveal a colorful picture you’ll love to hang up. You can even use the excess shells for another picture! Add even more fun by sticking on self-adhesive jewels, chenille stems, pom-poms and more. This fun technique can be used for Easter cards and Easter pails, too.

Egg Flowers – Here’s a fun way to keep your dyed eggs around long after Easter. Carefully poke a large hole in a raw egg and let it drain. Rinse the inside of the eggshell and let it dry. Finally, fill it with soil and add your desired flower seeds. Apply lots of TLC and let your flower brighten up the room.

Following the Bunny Trail to Easter EggsEaster Egg Treasure Hunt – Before hiding the eggs, insert a small slip of paper into each egg that reveals a clue for finding the next egg leading to the grand prize. Hand the first egg to the hunters or tell them the first clue to start them on their way. As is the case with any Easter egg hunt, make sure to list where you hid the eggs in case no one finds them.

Easter Egg Name Hunt – Use colorful markers to write one letter of each child’s name on each egg. This will give each kid a personal connection and keep them motivated to find all their eggs.

In-The-Dark Egg Hunt – Great for older kids, especially outside, this hunt lets kids use flashlights to try and find the eggs. Pairing kids or separating them into teams will help them stay safe and introduce a fun, competitive spirit.

Egg Hunt Reversal – It’s like a standard egg hunt, but this time the kids hide the eggs and leave the adults to find them. Whoever’s egg is found last means they’re the winner since that kid hid their eggs the best!

Scavenger Egg Hunt – This hunt lets kids know when they’ve found every last Easter egg. Create a list of all the Easter eggs you plan on hiding whether it’s by design, what’s inside each one if you’re using plastic eggs, or even what area they’re hidden in. Give each kid or group of kids a list and let the fun begin. Mix it up and hide some inside and outdoors to force kids to really explore their surroundings.

Easter egg activities can be lots of fun, but with so many kids running around there’s always the chance they may spiral out of control. Try these Helpful Tips for Hosting an Easter Egg Hunt for easy-to-follow rules and ideas to keep your Easter safe, fun and stress-free. Happy Easter!