Easter egg hunts have been occurring all around the world for decades. It’s a magical experience for young children, as they run around discovering these hidden festive eggs.
Here in the US these hunts include plastic eggs, filled with hard candy, chocolate or small toys and sometimes even real hard boiled eggs that have been dyed. Dying of Easter eggs dates way back to the 13 Century. In South Africa, where I grew up, Easter egg hunts include chocolate, or marshmallow eggs. Here is a look at my Easter traditions growing up as a kid, and a look at what the twins got up to last year (please notice the mullet!)
The joys of the hunt is obvious when you look around at the excitement on the faces of the kids. This is one place your kid is guaranteed to get exercise as they rush from egg to egg! Well my twins are just 2 and 1/4 so they haven’t quite got the rushing concept yet 😉
Here are a few simple things you can do to keep your hunt safe and toddler friendly:
1. Designate a special area for young kids (either 2 years or 3 years and below) to avoid being trampled by older, eager kids.
2. If a certain area can’t be designated, be sure to give the little ones a few minutes head start.
3. Make sure those eggs are not filled with choking hazards: hard candy or certain toys.
The hunt we went to in our community was so much fun, but when my boys opened up the eggs they couldn’t eat anything because they were filled with hard, chewy candy that was definitely too dangerous.
4. Keep a back up supply of acceptable treats or stickers to be traded for the ones you deem unsafe, so as to avoid those wonderful meltdowns that are popular at this age 😉
5. Make sure any hard boiled dyed eggs have been properly refrigerated before you let your little one take a nibble. Also be sure to get them back in the fridge to keep them safe. Or avoid eating them all together just to be safe!
This season my twins have already been to three Easter egg hunts: One hosted by a neighbor, one in the community, and another in my back yard. We are still looking forward to the one at our church and then the one on Easter in our back yard again. So by the end of this I will have two expert hunters on my hands!
A special thanks to all the hosts of the hunts for making them fun and helping create wonderful memories in the twins’ lives!