5 Ways to Keep Toddlers Safe at Easter Egg Hunts

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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!)

This year……

Twins sharing eggs :)

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 😉

Cameron "NOT RUSHING"! He actually fell over but then kept posing for me - and yes I was more than happy to oblige for this poser! LOL

 

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 😉

YUM!!!

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!

Waiting to go into the designated area behind. Then slowly gathering their eggs!

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!

Happy Hunting!

Mason liked the bunny - Cameron didn't mind him :)

 

A special thanks to all the hosts of the hunts for making them fun and helping create wonderful memories in the twins’ lives!

About Twin Mom

34 year old, born in a small steel town in South Africa, now living in a large Steel City in the US. Mother of twins and loving every moment.
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28 Responses to 5 Ways to Keep Toddlers Safe at Easter Egg Hunts

  1. Great suggestions! And important! I especially like the back up treats in case the hand out treats don’t work. Meltdowns never make for a good outing. Your boys are so darn adorable in every shot!!

    • Twin Mom says:

      Yes – this I learnt the hard way, when their little faces kept getting sadder and sadder every egg we opened! And thanks for saying they are cuties 😉

  2. I love this post Leigh! The melt down tip is hilarious. You took a fun family event and made it instructional and informative…excellent content!;)

  3. OUPA says:

    That looks so much fun. The boys are growing up. Love the bunny.

  4. nichole says:

    Great tips and cute pics, anything that can avoid at meltdown is worth trying.(:

  5. I have so many great memories of my two boys hunting for eggs. We used plastic eggs and filled them with lego’s (when they were old enough) and quarters. That way didn’t have to worry about spoiled eggs. We also tried chocolate one year. We had a VERY hot day and a VERY messy Easter. LOL

  6. rhonda says:

    Awesome article, great tips. It can be really scary, the idea of letting a toddler run wild in an environment with the bigger kids. A head start, being cautious, and keeping the extra items for trading out the hazards is a great idea.

    Thanks so much for sharing!

  7. DelSheree says:

    Community egg hunts can be so much fun. I agree about real eggs though. It makes me nervous if I don’t know they’ve been refrigerated. I also liked the idea of letting the little ones get a head start. Great post! Thanks!

  8. Lexie Lane says:

    Leigh, these are great advice! I love #4 because I’m all about anything to prevent meltdowns right now. I have mine at the terrible two’s and he’s really naughty right now! It’s doing my head in and my stress can’t handle it much longer! lol!

  9. Christy says:

    I can’t wait to see my son’s expression on his face this year at the Easter carnival that is being held at our church this year. I haven’t even thought about putting Easter Baskets together for the kids.

  10. Sista says:

    Sista what a fantastic blog! I didn’t know anything about using proper eggs, as that is not something we ever did in South Africa, it’s all about the chocolate. Mummy and Daddy were very clever….do you remember us thinking Daddy was SO lazy every Easter only to find out years later HE was the Easter Bunny! He stayed in bed late while Mummy ensured we had to eat breakfast first so our eyes were able to see the maigic eggs hidden away, (the Easter Bunny had magic powers!)….it worked every time. Such fond memories. My last Easter egg hunt was your back garden in Pitt., using South African easter eggs, when everyone was over for the Christening. It reminded me just how competative the Muller’s are :0) Anyway….happy hunting!!!

    • Twin Mom says:

      Thank you Sista for always leaving such wonderful comments. Yes the magic of the Easter bunny :) That is why this is my favorite holiday!!!

  11. Clare says:

    That’s why the eggs were only ever in the front garden, as the dining room looked onto the back garden!

  12. Rosey says:

    Oh my gosh, oh my gosh, oh my gosh. I was thinking today it’s been awhile since I visited and I came looking for you, but I did NOT think it was so long that your boys got that big already!!! They’re still gorgeous though, and your tips are good ones!

    Happy Easter!

  13. Fun! Your boys are so cute. I am probably more with Cameron not to sure about big mammoth bunnies.

  14. Your photos tell the story, as always. Love the idea of a backup stash to swap out for unsafe prizes. So thoughtful. :)

  15. I love Easter Egg Hunts! I’ve done it a couple of times when I was a kid and I can’t wait to take Jacob Easter Egg Hunting. Sadly, we still can’t do it this year ‘coz I think it’ll be more of a hunt for me than for him. 😀

  16. Clare says:

    So glad you are back! Missed you guys so very, very much. Looks like you are having fun! Lots of love. Xxxxx

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