5 non-chocolate easter gifts

Easter Egg Hunts at home

Egg hunts this year could be slightly different for families than last year. So to get started you could make bunny ears/headband  for some participants or a bunny mask so they can get into the mood. Its important, says clinical psychologist Renee Mills as crafting and art work can be very rewarding for children on many levels.

• Use different coloured eggs

Make the egg hunt fun and fair by using those tiny chocolate eggs of different colours. We used plain foil-covered eggs and gave each child a colour sample of the eggs that they alone had to find. This works very well if there are big age differences between the ‘hunters’ and means that the littlies will have a sample of the ‘colour’ at hand that they need to find. Just make sure that there are equal amounts of eggs in the same colour otherwise you will need to give out two different colours to each child to search for.

• If the weather is hot or rainy

Make sure that you plan for changes in the weather. You will need to adjust your ‘hunt’ accordingly. There are lots of places to hide eggs around the house just make sure that the younger kids have their own ‘space’ to search so the older ones are getting all the eggs!

• Record where you’ve hidden them!

Don’t forget to count the number of eggs for each child before you hide them. You don’t want to find any ant-covered chocolate blobs in the bushes later on plus you’ll know when the hunt has ended. If you’re hiding a lot of eggs, you might also want to keep a list or a quick photo of where you’ve placed them.

• Allocate about 12 ‘eggs’ per child

For kids aged four and older, allocate about a dozen tiny coloured eggs per child; this way everyone will have a nice full basket by the end of the hunt. And no tummy aches after!

• Alternatively, give older kids a list (be creative)

Make the hunt more of a game for older kids by giving each child a list of the types of eggs you have hidden that they need to find. For example, four gold eggs, two polka-dot eggs, three-striped eggs.

• Zone the garden

If there is a vast age difference between your little hunters, you might like to divide your backyard into zones – a section for toddlers where the eggs are easy to find (think at the edge of a flowerbed or on a garden chair), and a section for 4-8-year-olds where the hunting gets a little trickier (think in the branches of a bush and behind cushions on an outdoor setting).

• Try a scavenger hunt!

Older kids love a scavenger hunt, so give them a paper bag to gather clues/eggs as they follow hidden clues that lead the kids to different areas where there might be a small surprise. They follow the trail of clues around the garden until they can finally find a major prize, such as a basket full of eggs or a few chocolate bunnies.

Other ideas to make the Easter break memorable this year can be found on Childmags Pinterest page; and Better Homes (quick easter egg decoration). Or you could take some of these ideas to your local park!

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