Don’t let the fun of Easter fade just because your little ones are growing up. This season try a new twist on the Easter holiday if you have slightly older kids in your home. If you are planning an Easter dinner, you are of course going to spend a little on grocery shopping and that will take time. or maybe you are planning on eating out as a family. Well, I propose a little something different. Take that cash you will spend and hide it in the little plastic eggs you can buy at the dollar store. Send your kids on a fun (potentially long) egg hunt and this one could include a scavenger hunt if you have older kids. If you prefer not to do the plastic eggs, than just make it a scavenger hunt where each clue leads your kids to a cash prize and closer to the finale where they will find out the location of dinner (and the fact that the cash is what will pay for the dinner!) That’s right…. dinner is on them this year!
If you are a softy like me, you will of course have their Easter basket for them at the family dinner or at the final clue location so there are candy and treats to be enjoyed, but the fun can be had for older children as they figure out the clues and race through the yard as they did when they were younger hunting for eggs. Below are some examples of great clues:
- If you’re in a hungry mood, go here first and find some food.
- Now you’re on your second clue, these go on before your shoes.
- If you want your teeth to shine, pick this up and spend some time.
- Take a walk and step outside, this is where you go to ride.
- I used to write to send a letter, but now this machine does it better!
- Rubber ducky your the one! You make ______ lots of fun!
- Hickory Dickory Dock, The mouse ran up the ________!
There are so many more you can come up with. You can google “Scavenger Hunt Clues” and the lists are endless or come up with your own to include the fun places in and around your house. Use a theme, rhyme, or make fun jokes. Have fun and make it interesting. This can be a fun tradition your children will look forward to each year.
On a side note, have you ever wondered about the history of the Easter Egg or the Easter Bunny? What are they and where did they come from? Well here is a quick history lesson for you as we hop into the holiday and hunt for our eggs.
The egg is an ancient symbol of new life and rebirth. In Christianity it became associated with Jesus’ crucifixion and resurrection. The custom of the Easter egg originated in the early Christian community of Mesopotamia, who stained eggs red in memory of the blood of Christ, shed at his crucifixion. As such, for Christians, the Easter egg is a symbol of the empty tomb. The oldest tradition is to use dyed chicken eggs, but a modern custom is to substitute decorated chocolate, or plastic eggs filled with candy such as jellybeans.
The Easter Bunny is a popular legendary anthropomorphic Easter gift-giving character analogous to Santa Claus in American culture. Many Americans follow the tradition of coloring hard-boiled eggs and giving baskets of candy. On Easter Monday, the President of the United States holds an annual Easter egg roll on the White House lawn for young children. Since the rabbit is a pest in Australia, the Easter Bilby is available as an alternative. Easter eggs are a widely popular symbol of new life in Poland and other Slavic countries’ folk traditions. A batik-like decorating process known as pisanka produces intricate, brilliantly-colored eggs.
I hope you enjoyed the quick little lesson and I certainly hope you plan on trying a scavenger hunt or something fun with your family this Easter. As always, have a happy day!