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Don’t Ruin Your Yard: 5 Tips for the Perfect Easter Egg Hunt

Posted by Audrey Lichten

Mar 22, 2016

 

 

This year, Easter is creeping up faster than you’d expect! Make sure you and your yard are ready for Easter at the end of the month. If you’re concerned about your yard getting trampled or loosing eggs, use these tips for the perfect Easter egg hunt.

Proper prep

Prepping is one of the biggest parts to a successful Easter egg hunt. Consider how many kids will be participating and provide at least ten eggs per child. Decide the type of eggs you want to use - hard boiled or plastic with prizes inside (don’t use fresh eggs!). Vary the type of goodies inside each egg to reduce the amount of candy and keep your kids interested - stickers, temporary tattoos, small toys, or jewelry are great alternatives. This will also cut down on the chances that a neighborhood animal will get into any chocolate in the yard.

Timing

Here in the Bay Area, mid-morning is a great time to plan your hunt. It has warmed up enough to be comfortable and most of the dew has evaporated. Plus, once the hunt wraps up, it’s time for lunch! However, if all your participants are older, consider an evening hunt to give them a challenge. Provide flashlights and send them out at dusk. (Just be sure they don’t leave behind any eggs to spend the night outside!)

Make a map

To ensure that no eggs are left behind, keep track of the number of eggs you hide and the locations that you hid them. To give your children more of a challenge (especially for older kids), create a treasure hunt for them where they have to figure out clues or use a map to find the eggs. This way they are led to only the locations you want them to go and they’ll find all the eggs.

Color code eggs

If you have children with a wide age range participating in the Easter egg hunt, color code the eggs for each child or age group. That way, the older kids won’t pick up all the easy-to-find eggs and will be challenged to find only the eggs hidden for them. If color coding doesn’t work logistically, consider dividing your yard into zones by age instead.

Set boundaries

While Easter egg hunts are great fun, they often leave your yard in less than pristine condition. In order to keep your flowers and bushes from getting trampled, create boundaries and set rules for hunting. The boundaries will not only protect your daffodils, but your children will be safer too. This way, they’ll know not to explore the street or climb the tree onto the roof. For areas of your yard that you don’t want to exclude from the hunt but still want to protect, create rules that will challenge your kids. For example, if you don’t want them in your flowerbed, tell them they have to keep one foot on the grass or sidewalk at all times. This will allow them to reach an egg without running all through your tulips. Be creative and consider what you want protected when you’re hiding the eggs and setting your boundaries.

We hope you have an enjoyable holiday and successful Easter egg hunt! Now get planning!

Here at Peninsula Siding Company we want to make sure your yard and home stay beautiful and functional. If you have any questions about home and yard maintenance, be sure to contact us!

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