This piece contains a lot of sarcasm. Hold on folks!
As a mom of three, I have been to my share of Easter Egg Hunts over the years. I have also been to Easter Egg hunts as a kid, and let me tell you-there is nothing like a good hunt for rotting eggs.
Easter Egg Hunts are Huge!
When I say that Easter Egg Hunts are huge, I don’t just mean in size. I also mean in how many people show up, and their popularity.
So, what do you do when there is a huge Easter Egg Hunt and you have a small child?
Preparing for the Easter Egg Hunt
Make sure you have the right place, the right time, and the right date. I know this may sound like common sense, but us overworked parents have been known to celebrate the wrong kids’ birthday on the wrong day. It hasn’t happened to me, but I have heard stories!
Having a good basket or bucket is essential. Get a deep bucket that the eggs won’t fall out of.
And, be early. No kid wants to see everyone leaving the field with all of the eggs and none to be left for your kids.
And listen to the rules for where your kids should be. Usually, there are different age groups and times. It is best to have
Putting your game face on and sizing up your competition
Let’s be honest about Easter Egg Hunts. They aren’t about being the best person you can be, they are about sportsmanship. Running, ducking, diving, grabbing and most of all, seeing who you can scare down when you are waiting for the whistle to blow. I wish I could say Easter Egg Hunts were about being nice, but they are anything but. A good Easter Egg Hunter needs to be prepared for the worst conditions. Eggs spread far apart from each other, a dropped basket, a broken egg, a need to dash across a field. Be prepared my friends!
But in actuality, parents should be prepared, because there really are kids like the above out there. I honestly tell my kids to be nice, but I also come prepared with a couple extra eggs just in case my kids don’t find any. And then, I wait until there are absolutely, positively no kids around or watching and I’ll drop one or two in their path. I’ve done this a few times when the going gets rough and the kids are at their worst.
And, if my kids have been super successful in their egg hunting, they have also been encouraged to give to other kids who have been less successful. Our kids were the benefactors of other successful kids in the past and it meant so much to our kids.
But, what are in those eggs anyhow?
In the Phoenix area is is really hard to prep the eggs. By 9am , those Easter Eggs could already be cooking in the hot sun if the day is warm enough. Especially if our Easter falls in April, which in 2019 it is late April!
So, my little hint to you, my dear Surprise AZ Mom readers, is to fill up your Easter Eggs with coins. Especially if it is your own children. I may have filled up my kids Easter Eggs in the past with coins that were already from their Piggy banks when I have forgotten to go to the bank to get more coins.
I mean, I would have never done that. Ha ha..ok I have. But, candy just melts here! Even tootsie rolls and other harder candies get yucky! But, you can turn your kids Easter Egg Hunt into a lovely Math game later on in the week by counting coins and rolling coins. Look at that-Easter Egg Hunt turned math lesson.