Supplies: Easter eggs, safety goggles
Egg Hunts have been an Easter tradition for generations. It's a Springtime ritual for families that conjures up images of toddlers dressed in pastel colors and wandering curiously across a field in search of cute, colorful plastic eggs.
The Egg Hunt is getting EGGSTREME!
Eggstreme Egg Hunt is a game that requires a fair bit of setup, but it has a really great spiritual application, it's fun to do and it can be played quickly (if you just want an engaging, high-energy transition) or dramatically (if you have a lot of time in your kids church service that you want to fill.)
For clarity, I broke down Eggstreme Egg Hunt into five parts and I made Very Helpful Visual© for some visual reinforcement:
For this game, you need 5 Easter eggs per round. (That's if you want 5 competitors each round. You can do more or less as you like.) One of these eggs contains a SOFT prize like gummi candy or a squishy toy or something like that.
The other four eggs are full of something that is NON-ALLERGENIC, soft and/or pourable that would not make a good prize. This could be something like glitter, packing peanuts, slime, etc.
These sets of five eggs should be bundled together in a basket or container. You'll need to prepare a separate set for each round you want to play.
Safety warning: I just want to take a moment to emphasize that the stuff in the eggs need to be SOFT and NON-ALLERGENIC.
Check out this Very Helpful Visual© for some visual reinforcement:
For each round, you'll need two types of assistants: a HIDER and a HELPER. One of each should be fine for most circumstances but having more than one could speed up the non-active parts of this game.
The HIDER is in charge of quickly "hiding" the prepared Easter eggs throughout your kids church environment. They should finding hiding spots that are not immediately visible to the competitors but are very easy to access. They should also be able to remember where they've placed the eggs in case the competitors can't find any of them. (You should pick someone you really trust for this role and definitely not someone with any sort of wicked sense of humor!)
The HELPER will assist the competitors after they've retrieved the eggs. They will open the eggs for each competitor and then help them hold the eggs above their heads.
Technically one person can fulfill the role of both the HIDER and the HELPER but that could slow down the game.
For each round you'll select 5 competitors who will be invited to stand at the front of your stage or teaching area. As they're walking forward, the HIDER will quickly make their way around your kids church environment and hiding the five eggs for the round.
It's up to you whether or not you want the competitors to see the HIDER stashing the egg. If you'd like, you can blindfold the competitors. However, I would recommend that this part of the game happen quickly. It's the next part of the game that makes it EGGSTREME.
The competitors will be standing next to each other and facing the audience and they should be about an arms length apart if possible. You can put tape on their floor to mark their spot if you want.
On your mark, the competitors will race to find an egg and return to their spot at the front of the stage or teaching area.
If any of the competitors are having a hard time finding one of the eggs, the HIDER can provide some assistance.
When all five competitors have found an egg and are back at the front of the stage or teaching area they will be given a pair of protective goggles (very important) and the HELPER will open each of the eggs out of the sight of the competitors and help them hold their individual eggs above their heads. The competitors should not know what is inside of their respective eggs.
Safety warning: Just another reminder that the contents of these respective eggs should be SOFT and NON-ALLERGENIC. You'll understand why soon. And don't forget about the protective goggles.
On your mark, the competitors will all dump the contents of their Easter eggs onto their heads. (This is why SOFT and NON-ALLERGENIC items are important and why they should be wearing protective goggles.)
One of the competitors will get a prize. The other four competitors will get covered in something that is not a prize.
Application and Final Thoughts:
Eggstreme Egg Hunt is a great way to communicate an often-overlooked element of Jesus' Resurrection story: the mystery of it.
When Jesus' followers approached His tomb, they had no idea the surprise what was awaiting them.
We'll be exploring this topic in more detail over the next few days, but for now, here are some Bible verses that shed a little light on it:
"For I want you to know how great a struggle I have for you and for those at Laodicea and for all who have not seen me face to face, that their hearts may be encouraged, being knit together in love, to reach all the riches of full assurance of understanding and the knowledge of God's mystery, which is Christ, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge." Colossians 2:1-3
"Great indeed, we confess, is the mystery of godliness: He was manifested in the flesh, vindicated by the Spirit, seen by angels, proclaimed among the nations, believed on in the world, taken up in glory." 1 Timothy 3:16
Eggstreme Egg Hunt is a big, fun, dramatic game that your kids will love. It works especially well during an Easter service because you might have a bigger crowd than usual. But it's very important that you take all the proper precautions to make sure you can run the game in a way that is as safe as it is fun!
Depending on the contents of the Easter eggs, you'll want to prepare accordingly. If the contents are messy, you'll want to provide the competitors with a poncho or plastic sheet to cover their clothing and you might want to use tarps to cover any equipment that could be damaged.
And of course, if you have any questions or suggestions, reach out to us!
This article is a part of our 50 Easter Ideas for Kids Church series. See the other ideas in this series to ensure that your Easter kids church services are amazing!