Easter is fast approaching, and plenty of Easter egg hunts have happened around the Magic Valley already, but there are plenty to still take place this weekend. The weather can often play a factor in how successful a hunt is. This past weekend, the weather and rain made it tough at times to have an enjoyable hunt, but the kids still were able to hunt, which they found a way to enjoy, while their parents were cold. This is out of the control of everyone, but there are things that those putting on an Easter egg hunt can control. What is the proper way to have an Easter egg hunt in Idaho, and what are the most successful rules, and ones that upset parents?

The Wrong Way to Have an Easter Egg Hunt in Idaho

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Credit: Denisse Leon on Unsplash

When it comes to hosting an Easter egg hunt, it seems like it should be simple. Put eggs out, or hide them, let kids find them, and that's it. It isn't that simple though. There are ways to mess up an egg hunt, and as mentioned above, the weather plays a major factor. That can't be controlled, but things that can be controlled are age groups, what's inside the eggs, limiting kids to eggs, and being organized. It is hard to have kids wait until the siren to go after the eggs, but making sure the rules are clear helps. Sometimes, nobody explains the rules, and it causes chaos and can leave kids without eggs. Limiting kids to a certain number of eggs is great in theory, to make sure everyone gets something, but this seems unfair to kids that have waited patiently, when they only get 5 eggs or 10 eggs, and there are more available for them to collect. 

The Right Way to Have an Easter Egg Hunt

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Credit: Gabe Pierce on Unsplash

One of the most important parts of hosting an Easter egg hunt is deciding the age groups. If you make the gap too large, the younger kids in the group get hardly any eggs, and the older kids will walk away with a backpack full. A two-year age gap works great and makes for an even field of hunters. Anything more is too much. Deciding where to cut off the age group as well, with teens being a good area to cut off kids from hunting. These kids are wanting to find something good in their eggs, which is why candy, snacks, and toys are the best way to go. Money can be nice, as well as coupons, but for kids, these don't mean as much to them. Think of your audience. 

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It may seem simple, but having the wrong reward in the eggs, and having the wrong age groups can make for a bad experience for some hunters, and that is the last thing you should want when hosting an event like this. If you want a big turnout, throwing in extra activities like games, a moon bounce, and food are always guaranteed to get families to show up and stick around. Some will need to correct their mistakes next year, while others have time to make their hunts better before this weekend. The important things is to have fun and enjoy the Easter holiday. 

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