The Easter holidays are just around the corner and for many of us, without an Easter egg hunt, the holiday wouldn’t be the same. This classic Easter activity is a great way for family and friends to make memories.
If you are hosting an Easter egg hunt this year, you may be worried about safety. These 7 safety tips have been put together to help everyone stay safe and healthy during your hunt.
- Food Safety
Always thoroughly cook eggs and cool them before decorating.
Wait to hide your eggs until just before the hunt is scheduled to start: you should eat boiled eggs within two hours of removing them from the fridge. If you are concerned about using boiled eggs, consider replacing them with plastic eggs and hiding toys and treats inside.
- Colour Easter eggs safely
It is a favourite Easter tradition to create unique Easter egg designs. Make sure that everyone washes their hands before and after handling the eggs to decorate.
Eggs that have cracked during cooking are an easy target for bacteria, so avoid colouring or eating those. Use only food grade dyes/paints or grape juice, tea, beetroot, blueberries, turmeric or other natural products to make your own dye.
- Watch out for choking hazards
If you do decide to use plastic eggs, avoid filling them with any possible choking hazards. Safe Easter ideas for young kids include bath toys, stickers, toy cars, hair accessories, chalk, and treats like fruit snacks, sweets, chocolate and cereal. All children — especially those aged five and under — should be supervised when eating sweets. For toddlers, avoid hard candy and jelly beans.
- Protect those with food allergies
Ask parents if any kids with food allergies will be attending your Easter egg hunt. If so, it’s easier than ever to accommodate them.
- Avoid outdoor dangers
Walk through the area before hiding your Easter eggs and remove hazards like garden tools, hoses, and chemicals. To keep children from wandering too far, create boundaries. Hide eggs away from areas where wild animals, birds, or lawn chemicals may be encountered.
- Keep animals safe
If your four-legged friends are joining in on the fun, be sure to keep chocolate, plastic, and anything else that shouldn’t eat off the ground and out of their reach. Remind kids not to feed sweets to dogs.
- Provide safe, alternative Easter activities
Easter egg hunts are classic but consider playing some alternative Easter games if your still worried about the safety of your own hunt; Play hide and seek, compete in an Easter egg spoon race, play pin the tail on the Easter Bunny, or make your own egg games.
Grownups and children look forward to Easter Egg hunts every spring. You can host a fun, safe and memorable Easter Sunday with your loved ones by following these simple tips.