|Egg Hunters Safety
One of the biggest parent complaints at Easter egg hunts is the
lack of safety for kids-especially younger children. Make sure your
egg hunt is age-appropriate and allows for every child to gather
eggs safely with these tips.
• Set up age-specific hunt areas. Establish
age-specific areas for ages 0 to 2, 3 to 5, 6 to 9, and 10 and up
using rope or orange cones to designate perimeters. Place plenty of
eggs in each area to guarantee every hunter's success. Keep the
area for toddlers separate from the others and free of obstacles
that could hinder little ones' hunting success or cause injury.
Assign a volunteer to act as the designated host for the toddler
area, and station plenty of others in each age area to help keep
kids safe. (Plan for a ratio of approximately two adults for every
14 children under age 3, and two adults for every 20 children age 4
and up.) Also, have your team wear matching T-shirts so they're
• Use staggered starts. Use a PA system to
communicate the rules before the hunt begins. Don't start every
group at the same time; begin with the toddlers and move up the
ladder. Staggered starts keep younger children from becoming
overwhelmed by throngs of older kids, and they help control what
can be perceived by parents as mass chaos when every child present
makes a mad dash for the field.
The Search Party
Give your egg hunt your ministry's fingerprints by ensuring that
everyone has a good time and that the families who've ventured out
feel noticed and appreciated. Use these tips to make your egg hunt
• Start with a message. Before the hunt, use your
PA system to share a one-to-two minute explanation of Easter and
what Jesus' sacrifice means to each of us.
• Recruit volunteer bunnies. Assign volunteers
wearing bunny ears to each age area, armed with baskets of extra
eggs. Train these volunteers to look for kids who gather few or no
eggs during the hunt. Your volunteer bunnies can give these kids
eggs for their basket so every one has a great time. For extra
impact, ask kids from your ministry to be on the lookout for
children left empty-handed and encourage them to share their eggs
with these children.
• Engage your guests. Have several hosts from
your ministry trained to talk with families. Encourage these people
to participate in one of the after-hunt activities and to invite
the families they meet to do the same. People are much more likely
to stay and participate in activities when they get a personal
invitation--even if it's on the spot--and they'll get to experience
firsthand that your church is friendly and caring.
• Bag it. As families leave your event, give them
a bag filled with information about upcoming children's ministry
programming and events, your family ministry and special needs
ministry, Easter services, and a page of Easter-themed ideas for
families to do at home.