An Easter egg hunt is an event held on Easter Sunday each year. Decorated, hard boiled eggs, chocolate or plastic eggs filled with candy are hidden overnight. Children are given colorfully decorated baskets the next morning and allowed to hunt for these eggs. The person who collects the most eggs wins.
Decorating and eating Easter eggs is an old Christian tradition. In the period of Lent, 40 days before Easter, no eggs are eaten. On Easter Sunday, to celebrate the end of lent and the beginning of spring, eggs are a featured item.
The Easter egg hunt is a combination of Christian and spring celebrations and is popular in North America. Depending your location and the weather, the eggs are hidden in the house or outside. It is very common to use chocolate or plastic eggs in the place of hard boiled chicken eggs. The context of the event is that the eggs have been hidden by a mischievous Easter bunny for good children to find.
Easter egg hunts vary widely in size and complexity, ranging from a small celebration to the annual Easter egg roll on the White House front lawn. Easter egg hunts are listed in the Guinness Book of World Records, with multiple attempts to break the record each year. In April 2007, Cypress Gardens theme park in Winter Haven, Florida hit 510,000 candy filled eggs on the grounds as 9,700 people participated in an Easter egg hunt. The entire event tool months to plan and less than an hour to complete.
In order to allow visually impaired children to participate in this tradition, beeping Easter eggs were created. These eggs make a repetitive noise or play a short melody so that the child can locate Easter eggs independently. These types of eggs are also very popular for Easter egg hunts for children with disabilities.
To organize an Easter egg hunt, coordinate with friends and family who have small children. Determine the ideal location for the Easter egg hunt. Purchase chocolate and plastic eggs, as well as chicken eggs. The Saturday before Easter Sunday, hard boil the eggs and encourage the children to decorate them. Provide bowls with food coloring and water baths so they can dye their eggs.
During the night or early morning, hide all the eggs so that they are not in plain sight. Ensure that you keep track of how many eggs you started with and where you put them so that they can be located later if the children don't find them all. When the children are ready for the hunt, provide each child with a decorated basket and let them hunt.