12 Awesome Easter Egg Hunt Ideas

12 Awesome Easter Egg Hunt Ideas

These Easter Egg Hunt ideas are sure to please kids of all ages and include ideas for both indoor & outdoor hunts!

I grew up in Central New York which means that snow & cold on Easter was a fairly common thing.

My Mom always let us choose secial Easter outfits or wear our Spring clothes for the holiday.  But a pretty yellow dress paired with ugly black snowboots and a big, puffy coat never said “spring” to me.

Even during a year with a late Easter, there was always the possibility of freezing temps on Easter morning so our egg hunts were held inside.  I had seen outdoor Easter egg hunts on television but it was never something that happened in our neck of the woods.

When I got married and moved to a climate with a lot less snow, I quickly learned that having an outdoor Egg Hunt was a definite possibility.

So when my son was 5 years old, during a year with a ‘later’ Easter, I thought it was the perfect opportunity to do our own outdoor Egg Hunt!

My husband was not as exuberant as I was about the idea.

Jacq, he said, it’s going to be cold in the morning

Cool, I said, not cold.  And we can put on jackets before going outside.

He was still a little doubtful so I compromised – I would hide 6 eggs inside and 6 eggs outside before we went to bed.

Hon, I said, it’s only 6 eggs.  We’ll probably be out there for all of 5 minutes to find them.  And I’ll put them in plain sight – really, it’s going to be fine.

Famous. Last. Words.

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20 Fairy Play & Mini Garden Ideas

20 Fairy Play & Mini Garden Ideas

These mini garden ideas and fairy play activities are sure to inspire kids of all ages to dig, plant, grow and engage in imaginative play!

Fairy gardens are the perfect way to connect your child with so many learning & sensory concepts and they are easy to create in your backyard, kitchen or classroom! 

We have ours in our outdoor flower garden but today's set of activities include ideas for both indoor and outdoor fairy set-ups! 

I hope you find inspiration and enjoy planning your own mini garden play area!

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100 Fun Things to Do in Spring!

100 Fun Things to Do in Spring!

A HUGE list of fun things to do in Spring -- great ideas for Spring Break and ways to make memories with your kids!

After this wild & wacky winter, we should all pat ourselves on the back :)

Now it's time to enjoy all those things we LOVE about Spring --

Birds chirping, warmer temps, the fact that it's usually still light out after dinner and being able to wear flip-flops without freezing your toes off!

Plus the kids now hear a "yes" when they ask if they can wear shorts to school :)

Spring is also the time to make a few memories together.

So to inspire you to push aside that spring cleaning and enjoy some time with your kids, we've got a list -- one hell of a list -- of fun ways to celebrate the season!

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17 Spring Scavenger Hunt Ideas & Games

Spring scavenger hunt ideas & games that inspire kids to enjoy the outdoors!

It seems that no matter where we go lately, there's always some new to see --

baby bunnies, beautiful buds on trees, flowers blooming ...

Plus so many more of our friends and neighbors are getting outside now that the weather's warming up!

So this week's round-up of FREE printable activities includes a variety of Spring Scavenger Hunt ideas and printable games to play outside!

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20 Playground Games & Activities

This post is sponsored by the Voice of Play.  We are joining them this month to inspire families to get outside & explore their local playgrounds!

 

Spring is in the air and for so many children that means heading back to the playground!

We've already seen an increase in visitors to our neighborhood playground during our evening walks.  Getting the kids outside to climb, swing and slide is beneficial is so many ways:

It encourages them to be active -- a lifelong skill that we all need to keep in mind ;)

Outdoor play has so many health benefits -- fresh air, development of large motor skills and inspiring a connection with nature are just a few.

And most of all, free play time gives parents the chance to "not be the fun police" :) 

I speak from experience here! 

Letting the kids lose at the playground is the perfect opportunity for them to spread their wings while Mom and Dad watch from afar or build leadership skills as they take charge of a game.  Kids are able to practice their social skills with other children, put their manners into play (taking turns is SUCH an important life skill) and have a safe place to explore without being under the constant eye of their parents.

And it's not all about JUST swinging -- there are so many more fun things to do during your next trip to the playground!

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Easter Egg Hunt Clues {with free printable!}

Set up your own DIY Easter Egg Hunt with free printable clues that can be used in any home!

When I was younger, Easter was a big family holiday for us -- lots of people over to the house, a HUGE family dinner and new Easter outfits.

But my favorite part of the whole day was the Easter egg hunt!  I looked forward to it more than the cool stuff in my Easter basket!

My mom would round up a handful of pennies, nickels and dimes (+ one quarter) from my father and distribute the money into a dozen or so plastic eggs. 

Then she would hide them around the house and let my sister, brother & I know they were hidden.

That was all it took -- we would hunt and search like crazy! 

Oh, to find the egg with the quarter (that was a lot of money for a kid way back when ;) 

Now we live far away from our family so Easter is more of a quiet holiday -- no big meal and it's  just our immediate family but every year, I do an egg hunt for our kids.  

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Colors of the Rainbow: 20 Craft Ideas for Kids

Nothing says "Spring" like the colors of the rainbow!

And while it's fun to pull out the crayons to make a rainbow, we often prefer something with a tactile or sensory component when we're crafting or creating art.  Like our Fall Texture Art projects for kids , today's activities all involve something more than just coloring on paper. 

So let's get creative with rainbow colors that 'pop'!

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Exploring the Parts of a Flower: A Science Project for Kids

Today we are going to have a look INSIDE nature at the parts of a flower with a fun hands-on science project – flower dissection and pollination.

As Spring sets in, we are all treated to blossoming trees and beautiful flowers.

I'm sure your kids will pick flowers, smell their scent and then give the bouquet to Mom.

Ahh... to receive a handful of wilted but picked-out-of-love blooms is a mother's delight ;)

We've had more than one dinner at our house spruced up with a home-picked bouquet, whether they were the wild orchids growing in the backyard or the dandelions that popped up all around (much to my husband’s chagrin).

With the recent plight of the disappearing honeybees , some plants and flowers are in danger of not being pollinated.  So I thought this would be a great opportunity for kids to learn more about the process of how plants reproduce.

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Can You Dye Brown Eggs: An Unexpected Science Experiment

Can you dye brown eggs for Easter? Thanks to my not-so-quick thinking last Easter, we were treated to an unexpected science experiment.

During my grocery run the week before Easter, I had eggs on my list (of course ;) 

Plus a few more fun items I still wanted to tuck into the baskets!

Well, I guess everyone else who visited Target had eggs on their list too because when I got to the dairy department, there were only brown eggs left on the shelves.

Being the "get in and out quick" type of shopper I am, I quickly scooped up a carton of brown eggs knowing that I had a few things I would be baking that week....

.... and not even thinking about the fact that we dye Easter eggs every year (duh!)

So, home I go and begin to unpack the groceries, when my daughter nearly falls over ...

"Mom!  The eggs are brown?!!!"

So I remind her that yes, eggs come in two colors -- white & brown.

"But can we dye brown eggs?!"

Huh, I really had no idea -- and thus our science experiment began ....

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Sensory Play: Creating a Rainbow

I'm sure you're familiar with the old saying idiom --

"March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb."

In the month of March, life seems to revolve around the crazy weather. 

And every once in a while, if you're lucky, you are treated to something beautiful ...

 

rainbow

a rainbow!

 

The thing about rainbows is that they are fleeting and something that you can only enjoy with your eyes.

And yet so darn beautiful!

So I thought we'd round up some beautiful color as we close out the month -- 35 rainbows that kids can touch, taste, smell, see and even hear!  

Now you can have rainbows even on those not-so-sunny days.

 

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How Your Kids Can Help with Spring Cleaning {free printable list!}

I am one of those parents who believes that kids NEED to learn how to do age-appropriate chores while they grow up.

And not just those "pick up after yourself" kind of jobs -- but the BIG, heavy, put-some-elbow-grease-into-it kind of work.

I know this is not always a universal belief but hear me out for a second ...

When we were all younger, we didn't grow up with many of the conveniences that our kids have today.

Some of us grew up in a house without a dishwasher.

Some of us had to help hang the laundry outside to dry.

NONE of us had the convenience of texting a friend to complain about "all those chores" we had to get done before we could hang out together.

Honestly, sometimes I get the feeling that because of all the conveniences that exist, kids think that things will just 'automatically' get done for them -- but that won't be the case.

One day, your kids will leave the house and find out that they won't be able to afford a cook, housekeeper and lawn service on their income (not that most of us can afford those -- but as parents, we often tend to serve in these roles ;)

So at our house, we have this saying "Everyone lives here; everyone chips in to help"!

That goes for weekly chores and also the big, once a year jobs like Spring Cleaning too!

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Outdoor Games, Crafts & Nature Activities for Kids

Spring is coming!  It is -- I promise :)

So today we have an awesome list of outdoor activities, nature crafts and games -- 50 ways to enjoy the outdoors.

Because with Spring comes that super nice weather (not too cold, not too hot), those perfect days when we can open the windows, listen to the birds and feel those gentle breezes.

It's a time to toss the kids outside for so many of those fun things to do in the Spring -- watch them run through the yard, climb a tree, chase bugs and explore nature!

 

Awesome outdoor activities, games and nature crafts for kids!

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The BEST Spring Books for Kids

Enjoy some seasonal reading with the BEST books about Spring!

I don't know about you but I've kinda had it with winter this year -- I am ready to move on to a change of the seasons!

So here's my plan --

I think if we all think 'sunny' thoughts and ignore the not-so-great weather,

Mother Nature will certainly notice and Spring will be here before we know it!

Are you in?

In an effort to boost those sunny thoughts, I pulled down some of our classic Spring-themed books this week!! 

Beautiful pages with illustrations of green grass, leafy trees, cute baby animals and no on in a winter jacket ;)

 

Kids enjoy reading about the changing of the seasons -- so join me as we ring in Spring with a fun book list that features stories about nature, weather, baby animals and fun ways to explore the season!

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Gardening with Kids: How Fast Does a Plant Grow?

Gardening is such a fun plant science activity for kids. 

It allows them to explore botany (the study of flowers & plants) , habitats and pollination.

It's also a wonderful family activity as everyone can get involved in planting, growing and harvesting from your own backyard.

Even if you don't have the time or space for a full-blown garden, the kids would enjoy starting some flowers and veggies in a few posts on your porch.

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A 'Celebrate Spring' Bucket List

I don't know about your house but in our neck of the woods, Spring can get really busy! 

The end of the school year is approaching which means school performances, state assessments and helping the kids to finish all those final projects they need to do. 

Then there's getting the yard and house cleaned up after winter --

turning over the garden,

putting away winter clothes,

cleaning out the garage so we can FIND the spring toys --

all that spring cleaning (psst... here's a free checklist to get the kids to help with those spring chores).

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