Holidays are a time for families, friends, and loved ones to come together. Easter, especially, typically calls for events, parades, and egg hunts hosted by schools, churches, and local communities. Although some events may carry on while adhering to adjusted social distancing guidelines, many Easter traditions have been put on hold to keep everyone safe amid the coronavirus outbreak. There are still plenty of ways to make Easter as special as always this year. We hope you try some of them out.
1. Let the kids decorate.
Decorating the house can be a super fun activity to keep your kids occupied while they’re getting ready for the big hunt. Give them a few designated spaces, like the kitchen and living room, and allow them to have at it. We suggest having them make pastel colored paper chains, or drawing and cutting out bunny art to hang up for less mess. They’ll love being able to give the house an Easter spirit.
2. Keep the grandparents involved.
Grandparents and older family members face a higher risk of complications from coronavirus, but there are still ways to have them feel included while quarantined. One way is to drop off homemade Easter baskets at their doorstep. You can place fun items inside, like chocolates, eggs with notes, and some sweet, hand-drawn cards. We recommend crafting, disinfecting and delivering Easter baskets to family and friends while staying at least six feet away from them.
3. Get creative with the hunt.
With community Easter egg hunts across the country nixed this year, now’s the time to get creative with a super fun hunt indoors. If you have celebrated Easter throughout your life, that egg hunt is always that one thing that you always have done. Try giving one winner a golden ticket egg. Even adults can get in on this fun tradition—surprise your significant other with an indoor search for eggs filled with love notes.
4. Create markers and clues.
Instead of leaving a ton of eggs all over every nook of your home, carefully hide a few of them, and offer a trail of clues that’ll help kids find them. It combines the fun of an egg hunt with the thrill of a scavenger hunt. Egg hunt markers are incredibly easy to make: just cut bunny, egg, and carrot shapes out of sturdy card stock, write helpful phrases like “more eggs here,” then glue the cut-outs to wooden sticks.
5. Make it interactive.
They might not be able to run around in the grass, but that doesn’t mean you can’t get them to expend some of their boundless energy during their egg search. Try writing some fun direction notes, like “hop when you find me,” or “do a jumping jack,” and slip them inside the eggs. Every time a hunter finds one, they have to do the action inside. After all the jumping and hopping, they’ll be ready for a nap.
6. Color code it.
If your two kids’ ages are such that one has a competitive advantage when it comes to egg-hunting, assign each child a different color egg to find. That way, the toddler can find easy ones and while the big kid hunts for harder ones. Or, if they’re close in age, assign point values to different colors depending on how well they’re hidden.
7. Count up eggs at the end.
The same rules apply: Once all the eggs are found, ask the participants to tally up their loot to reveal the winner. If your group has a competitive side, agree on a special prize — a mini trophy, chocolate bunny, or homemade treat — and have each household crown their respective winner. At the end, you can see who found the most eggs and who found the hardest eggs.
8. Go virtual.
If the usual hunt isn’t an option for you, going online can still be a fun experience. Once everyone is logged in, the scavenger hunt begins: Guests read the clues and participants work together to find the eggs in their respective hiding places. Create small challenges along the way by requesting that each participant performs a “victory dance” when they track down an egg, give others pep talks throughout the hunt, or show a close-up shot of each discovery.
9. Go indoors.
There are plenty of reasons to move the annual Easter egg hunt inside. You might do it for purposes of social distancing as the COVID-19 pandemic continues. You might like the control or keeping everything in a certain, walled-off space. Or you might not have the outdoor space. What you lack in space to conceal eggs in great quantities you have to make up for in innovation, making each one more of a challenge or game to find. Try using clues, and hiding harder!
10. Invent a new tradition.
This past year has been one of firsts. No matter how old your kids are, it’s never too late to start a new tradition. Try putting love notes into your eggs instead of candy, coming up with a special dessert, or delivering gift baskets to all the neighbors. One mom opted for “privilege notes” instead of candy, which offer kids notes like reading with mom and dad, more screen time, or even another slice of pie.
With a dash of creativity, you can take the traditional egg hunt and come up with new rules to make it easier for the littles, more challenging for the big kids, more competitive, harder with higher stakes for the winners or even just prettier. When you’re looking to switch up your family’s traditions, try one or all of these ideas out. Even as people adjust their plans for the pandemic, the true meaning of Easter doesn’t change.