Easter Hunt Games without the Candy
Some teachers may wish to have the fun of the hunt without the sugary side-effects of the candy. There is an acceptable alternative.
Hide empty plastic eggs. Assign each egg a numerical value; simply write a number – from one to three – on the inside of each egg. Allow the preschoolers to find their three eggs. At the sidelines, adult helpers assist children in adding up the numbers.
Numbers correspond to little prizes; for example, a child who found three eggs (with a numerical value of one each) now has three points. Three points correspond to a prize, such as a dollar store blow-up bunny or 10-piece Easter bunny puzzle.
Conversely, children may opt for redeeming their points individually; one point may be good for one Easter pencil or bunny sticker. If the child desires, she may redeem three points for three stickers rather than for one larger prize.
If a child hits the jackpot and finds three eggs with a numerical value of three each, he is the grand prize winner. Do not allow too much disparity between one-point and three-point prizes, but allow the grand prize winner to be in charge of leading the “Easter parade" of egg hunters back into the classroom.
In school settings where food allergies can turn Easter treats into a danger, this method of prize hunt takes the candy out of the equation but does not at all diminish the fun.