The Smartest Way To Do An Easter Egg Hunt

by Melissa
This is a unique way of doing an Easter Egg Hunt. Hint: It's not all about candy!

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Are you planning an Easter Egg hunt for your family or the neighborhood? This Color-Coded Easter Easter Egg Hunt idea will not only make it easy to prepare, it will ensure that everyone has a super egg-citing time! (Plus check out the end of the post for more simple ideas!)



So you want to do an Easter Egg Hunt for your children or a family party? But you don’t want all the complaining and whining (and maybe even tears!) that comes along with it when not everyone gets the same amount of Easter Eggs?

Or you go to all the effort to go to a community Easter Egg hunt and don’t come home with any?

For example: 

Last year, my husband and I were so excited to create our own short Spring Break as we went up to the Zermatt Resort in Midway, Utah. They had a special Easter promotion going on, so we booked a few nights and were so excited to spend a few days up there before Easter Sunday. Plus, they had an Easter egg hunt for guests, which we though would be so fun for our children!

We were literally one of the few families up there that weekend which we thought would carry over for the egg hunt. But as it turns out, once Saturday came, it seemed like the ENTIRE town showed up. That’s great and all, except when it came for the egg hunt, our kids nearly got trampled and only came away with a few eggs in their basket.

It was then that we decided that we would probably be better off doing our own Easter Egg hunts that would be less stressful and more fun for everyone. I don’t care that my children get a million eggs, but I want them to have a good experience.

And by good experience… meaning that there isn’t contention. After all, isn’t it a little ironic if we are all fighting on the day that we’re supposed to remember Christ and His love?


And then I remembered how my mom did our Easter Egg hunts growing up. Can’t believe I forgot about it!


My mom was a genius to prepare our Easter Egg hunt this way. She prepared 7 sets of different colored and sized eggs. Inside each different colored egg was a specific thing. For example, inside all the yellow eggs was candy, green was money, blue was a coupon for a day off jobs, etc.

She would go outside and hide all the eggs around the yard while we were inside with the blinds closed, instructed not to peek. ;

When the Easter egg hunt started, all 7 of us children could go at our own pace, since we knew that we each got to find one of egg every color. The bigger children could go fast and try to find the eggs with more coins, but it ensured that the littler ones got the same amount of eggs, too.


To create your own awesome egg hunt, first decide on how many eggs you want each child to get.

Then, rummage through your stash of plastic eggs and see what colors of eggs you already have. If you can reuse eggs year to year, go for it! It will save you money.

It doesn’t matter if the eggs are all the same shade of one color. For example, if you have a light pink and dark pink egg, it could still count as a “pink” egg. The same goes with sizes. Or, if you have some big eggs that are different colors, you could tell everyone that they can find one large egg, no matter what color. It’s up to you!

Easter Egg Category Ideas: 

  • Money. My mom would hide different amounts in each of the money eggs, so it was always fun to count the money and see who got the jackpot egg at the very end! You can use coins or bills.
  • Candy. Of course, since Easter candy is the best, a few of the eggs should contain your favorite candy! But since the Easter bunny brings some in baskets, we don’t go crazy on candy during the hunt.
  • Coupons. You can include coupons for “no daily job”, “stay up late”, “no veggies at dinner”, “date night with mom”, etc. The possibilities are endless! Really anything that is a treat will be exciting!
  • Prize box tickets. There are some things that obviously won’t fit into a plastic egg, so why not give a ticket to a prize box and let your children pick a surprise after the hunt is over? Ideas could include: mini box sugar cereal cereal, bubbles, sidewalk chalk, hair accessory, book, etc.
  • Scriptures. For just another way to keep Christ in Easter, why not include one of the scripture verses from the Easter story in one of the eggs? Sure, Easter can be a lot of fun, but you can also incorporate the spiritual side into your Easter egg hunt!
  • Privilege cards– How about 1 extra piece of dessert or extra screen time?
  • And what about 1 JACKPOT egg? Find a large egg and fill it with all sorts of goodies. One lucky person will love finding that one!

So there you have it! This is how we will be doing our Easter Egg hunt this year. How will you be doing yours?


  • Each child has one color of egg designated to them and they can can only find the eggs that color.
  • Glow in the dark egg hunt!

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Megan April 8, 2020 - 3:11 pm

You really are brilliant, Melissa. Or, your mom is and you inherited it from her…Truly, I love this idea!

sofestivemel April 8, 2020 - 10:57 pm

you’re so sweet! and i’ve been loving your ideas lately, too!


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