Saturday, April 23, 2011

Scavenger Hunt

I've left for a quick trip to Phoenix to attend a friend's wedding. I didn't want my kids to miss out on an Easter Egg Hunt, which is a tradition in our house. Usually we do a huge hunt in the backyard, inviting all the kids from my daughter's class. (My son got his hunts when he was younger.) We have a big backyard, and hide hundreds of plastic eggs with candy in them all over. "Hide" is an exaggerated word, because only a few are hidden in trees, under bushes, between fenceposts. The rest are out in the open on the grass, but it's still a mad dash to get them.

This year I decided to do a scavenger hunt in the house for my son, daughter, and husband. Yes, my husband got to do it too. We did this Wednesday night before I left. They knew nothing about it, so it was a big surprise when I told them I had hidden Easter gifts for them in the garage. They went off to look for them, and discovered a beach pail with a note in it for each of them. (We often use beach pails for Easter baskets.) The note gave a location for the first treat, so at that point they realized it was a scavenger hunt. I hid about a dozen eggs for each of them, and the eggs contained candy and a note for the next location. I varied the difficulty of hiding spots for each. My son had an issue when he didn't know what a salad spinner looked like. My daughter wasn't sure which piece of furniture was our love seat. In the end, they found lots of candy and a present.


K.C. Woolf said...

Great idea! :-)

I loved Easter Egg hunts as a kid. (Actually, I still do :-) )

Arlee Bird said...

I used to enjoy Easter when my kids were little and the same when my brothers and sister were young. We'd always have egg hunts and lots of fun stuff. I still enjoy Easter, but it's much different now that my kids are grown and gone. Had a peaceful day with lunch out and a nap at home afterwards. Lovely!

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sandy axelrod said...

What fun you must have had getting it all ready. It's all in the details isn't it? At the Passover seder my grandfather always hid a piece of matzoh called the afikomen which was hunted for by all of the children. Then of course he had to buy it back by rewarding each of us with a gift so that he could complete the seder. It was not very challenging though because he always hid it in the same place year after year!

Lynda R Young said...

This is such a great idea. Sounds like it was as much fun hiding the gifts as it was for your family to find them.

nutschell said...

great pictures! i never had an easter egg hunt, but they sure sound like lots of fun.

Joyce's Journey said...

You are such a sweet, thoughtful mom. You are creating memories that will last forever. I love it!!