This Easter Sunday, we hosted our very first Easter Egg Hunt. We invited extended family and those neighbors who were in town. We ended up with 17 children participating, and we hid more than 270 eggs!
Hiding so many eggs was not difficult this year, because we do not have a lot of landscaping or trees, yet. So, many of the eggs were simply scattered across our lawn. Inside the eggs were jelly beans and other candy … and some Catholic stickers from Dollar Tree (of all places!), too.
Twelve of the hidden eggs were Resurrection Eggs. (Do a quick Google search to find places to purchase them.)
After all the children found their allotted number of about 17 (or so) eggs, they emptied the candy and stickers into their baskets. (And they were great about putting the eggs back together before dumping them into a big clear bin!)
But if they found a Resurrection Egg, they were instructed to keep it.
Then, I read The First Easter book, and each time we got to a part in the story where a Resurrection Egg applied, the child who had the egg showed everyone the symbol within. If the child was old enough, he or she also could explain the symbol to everyone else. Then, a chocolate bunny was awarded for the Resurrection Egg winners. (But I also had extra candy on hand for all the kids!)
We originally got the idea for this egg hunt from some friends from our old neighborhood. They always hosted a similar egg hunt, and our children l-o-v-e-d it. I always liked how beautifully it brought the fun of egg hunting and candy back to the true meaning of why we celebrate Easter—Jesus! So, we decided to carry on the tradition in our new neighborhood. Hopefully, this was only the first of many egg-stravagant hunts in our backyard!