Easter Idea: Candy-Free Egg Hunt
All of the fun with none of the cavities!
- Hunters and huntresses:The kids.
- Hiders:You and your partner.
- Plastic Easter eggs
- Puzzle pieces:Select an age-appropriate puzzle. Pick a simple one for little kids or a monster many-piece puzzle for older kids. Get super-crafty and pick up a blank puzzle that you can decorate with your own message. Or order a personalized photo puzzle from Shutterfly or from a similar online photo service.
- Buckets or Easter baskets:To collect the eggs.
- Select the puzzle you want to use for the hunt.
- Pick up a bag (or ten 10, depending on how many puzzle pieces you have) of plastic eggs.
- Crack 'em open and fill 'em with the puzzle pieces. For mega puzzles for older kids, avoid hunting till dusk by doubling or tripling up puzzle pieces in each egg. Or just buy those jumbo-size eggs and squeeze 27 pieces in each.
- Send your kids out of sight and hide the eggs all over the yard or house. Don't worry about the multitudes of dust bunnies you come across as you hide the eggs. It's Easter after all, so the more "bunnies" the merrier, whether they're of the dust variety or not.
- Call the kids back and set 'em loose with a bucket or basket to collect the eggs.
- When they've found all of the eggs, have them open them up, pour all of the puzzle pieces in a pile and settle down to put the puzzle together, as you kick back and enjoy another 20 minutes without your kids jacked up on sugar (at least until it's time for dessert).
- NickJr.com has lots of printable picture puzzles you can use to fill up the eggs for your hunt.