Holidays are a time for families, friends and loved ones to come together. Easter calls for large gatherings, parades and egg hunts hosted by school, churches and local communities. Due to the Covid-19 Pandemic and the social distancing guidelines, Easter will look slightly different. Most all events have been canceled to keep everyone safe amid the virus outbreak. With some creativity, these restrictions should not dampen your day and the fun festivities Easter Sunday always brings.
Host your very own virtual Easter egg hunt! Follow this simple step-by-step guide to put together a fun, family-friendly easter egg hunt that lets everyone search for treasures and treats without leaving the house.
Invite Friends, Family and Neighbors
Step 1 – Send out a mass text or email including the time, date and supplies needed.
Step 2 – Choose your videoconferencing app of choice (FaceTime, Zoom or Skype)
Step 3 – Include videoconferencing app set-up instructions if someone is new to the platform
Test Out FaceTime, Zoom or Skype Ahead of Time
Step 1 – One day prior to the egg hunt, run a test call with the other guests to work out any technical kinks.
Step 2 – Test the video and audio features.
TIP: 1) For smaller gatherings with one or two guests, choose FaceTime; 2) For parties less than 50, choose Skype or Zoom; 3) For even larger parties, up to 100, choose Zoom.
Coordinate with Other Parents and Other Guests
Step 1 – Discuss with the other parents and participants to determine the egg hunt’s theme – non-candy or candy filled eggs for example.
Step 2 – Each guest will make sure they have the appropriate amount of eggs filled at their house to ensure each child (or adult) receives the same, fair chance.
Step 3 – Distribute the eggs around your house – in the backyard, front yard, inside the house, garage, etc.
TIP: Personalize an egg for everyone participating in the hunt so when they find it, they can show it off to the corresponding loved one. Go the extra mile by designating prizes that you know your guests will love like extra chocolate bunnies or small toys.
Create Markers and Clues
Step 1 – Each host must hide the eggs in the same places in each home: under the couch cushion, on the TV stand, behind the living room pillow, etc.
Step 2 – In the initial invite, include detailed descriptions of hiding spots, so other guests (grandparents, uncles, etc.) can give hints to the participants during the egg hunt.
Step 3 – Begin the egg hunt once everyone is logged on.
Step 4 – Guests read the clues and participants work together to find the eggs in their respective hiding places.
TIP: Create fun, small challenges along the way by requesting each participant to perform a “victory dance” when they track down an egg. Show a close-up shot of each discovery.
Count Up the Eggs at the End
Step 1: Once all eggs are found, ask participants to tally up their eggs.
Step 2: Reveal the winner based on the highest number of eggs found.
Step 3: Have each household crown their respective winners!