Raymond’s house rules for Easter Egg Hunts

One of my colleagues frustrates his family by hiding the eggs for the annual Egg Hunt way too well. "Apparently, drawers and freezers are out of bounds in the traditional egg hunt."

Here are my house rules for Easter Egg Hunts:

  • All eggs must be hidden within the implied egg-hiding area. No sneaky outliers.
  • All eggs must be at least partially observable by egg-hunters without disturbing anything. No hiding in drawers or under flowerpots, or putting them on top of a tall piece of furniture that a shorter egg-hunter cannot see.
  • However, you may still have to work to see them. They might be behind a sofa or placed above eye level. For example, you might find an egg tucked between the slats of horizontal blinds.

Personally, I like to hide eggs in plain sight. It's surprising how long it can take somebody to find a yellow egg resting brazenly on the lap of a yellow teddy bear.

Comments (19)
  1. Antonio 'Grijan' says:

    How true the last sentence is! It remembers me of those bugs hidden in plain sight, when the project won't compile because you have made a silly mistake, and you see it the hundredth time you re-read the code… (When it happens to me, I know it's time for a walk in the park!).

  2. Kiliman says:

    Also, make sure you make a map of where you placed your eggs. Invariably, there's always that one egg that nobody can find until a few days later when you smell it.

  3. Joshua says:

    Or a green one in the grass.

  4. Dan Bugglin says:

    We've started a new tradition a few years back.  Our second cousins invite us and our shared cousins over.  Us older guys (me, my brother, and our first cousins) hide the eggs for the younger girls (second cousins) and vice versa.  It's fun!

    We hunt outdoors so some rules like drawers aren't needed, same idea comes into play though.  But outside eggs tend to fall if it's windy enough depending on where you set them.

    One of my favorite eggs I hid last year was wedged between a downspout and the house at their eye level.  It was high contrast to both elements.  Standing right next to it the girls never thought to remove their eyes from the ground.  I love hiding eggs at eye level.

    And then there's the eggs that are hidden and never found and nobody remembers where it was.  Sometimes once you finish and count all the eggs, you have more than were hidden, and you can only assume it was an egg from last year (this hasn't happened to us there, but when I was growing up our family hid eggs indoors and frequently we couldn't find one or two until Mom stumbled on it six months later).

  5. Dan Bugglin says:

    @Kiliman Why are you using real eggs?

  6. 12BitSlab says:

    My grand daughter turned 5 today and Mrs. 12 BitSlab and I will be hiding eggs for her on Sunday morning.  Part of the art of hiding eggs is to vary the locations from year to year.  Last year she remembered where we hid them when she was 3.  The hunt was over too quickly.  This year, we will hide them in plain sight, but in different places.

  7. Scott Brickey says:

    my parents like to tell how they would remove a light bulb from a lamp, and place the egg in its place.

    Seems their approach fits into your criteria (assuming it's a desk/floor lamp, not a ceiling mounted fixture).

  8. Josh says:

    We always hard-boiled eggs, colored them, and then used those for our egg hunt growing up. One year, we found the dozen eggs that we'd colored, plus one that had been colored but also had the plastic shrinkable wrapping on it. At the time, it had been about 4 or 5 years since we'd used the shrink wrap though. Needless to say, we didn't open that one indoors.

  9. JAHA says:

    Just sit the kids in front of computers running office ?? until they find Flight Simulator.

  10. Daniel says:

    Quote: "It's surprising how long it can take somebody to find a yellow egg resting brazenly on the lap of a yellow teddy bear."

    It's also surprising how long a pink egg can be "hidden" in plain sight in the middle of the lawn (was the last egg to be found this year. I've just put it beside a bigger bunch of grass (so nobody accidentially stepped on it)

    Note: Yes, I know that easter is still ahead… we had to move it one week this year so everybody was able to come.

  11. Joe says:

    When my kids were little, I tried to be as creative as possible in hiding eggs, including putting one on top of a door–closing the door would knock it off. To help, we'd tell the kids how many eggs were hidden. I do recall that the last year we hid eggs I forgot where several were, so some eggs were found over the next few days.

  12. @Kiliman: If you use real eggs, even when they are found, there is the risk that the founder puts it in his/her pocket and then hugs somebody.

  13. Gabe says:

    I have a neighbor who writes down the location of where every egg was hidden so they can be recovered if not found.

  14. voo says:

    @The MAZZTer: I guess because it's traditional and egg pecking against each other is tremendously fun. Seems to be a cultural thing again: In Europe people generally use real eggs, while the US seems to go for chocolate eggs. Although I haven't seen that many egg hunts in the US to want to make general statements there.

    @Fleet Command: You have a misunderstanding there, you still use hardboiled eggs, so hugging someone isn't really a problem although it bereaves you of the best part of it.

    PS: Best place to hide an egg is in the fridge.. in the egg carton.. with the normal eggs :p

  15. j b says:

    Norwegian newspapers report today that 52% of all Americans think that the Easter Rabbit came before the Easter Egg.

    I find it hard to believe. We had Easter Eggs in abundance when I was a kid, but I never heard about the Easter Rabbit (or Easter Hare or Easter Bunny or whatever you call him … or her, we are talking about laying eggs..) until I had grown up.

  16. Dave says:

    @jb: Well, of course the Easter Bunny came first. Otherwise, who delivers the Easter eggs?

  17. Muzer_ says:

    According to Wikipedia, it was the Easter Eggs that came first, though j b must be pretty old, since Wikipedia says that the first recorded reference to the Easter Hare as it was then was in 1682 (already delivering Easter Eggs)…

  18. Katie says:

    We had some friends and their kids over for a big hunt in out back yard. They pretty much followed your rules, except we put some up high in "hard" places, such as the top of a play structure. The older kids noticed those eggs right away and were distracted by the race to see who could get them first, so they didn't grab all the easy eggs before the younger kids got a chance.

  19. JJJ says:

    I'm so satisfied that my most successful hidden egg this year was out in the open.  I piled up some small rocks around it so it was about 50% covered, but the egg was bright pink and still rather obvious.  It's just that there were so many nooks and crannies nearby though that everybody's vision was darting here and there, never stopping in the middle of the open area to see the bright pink spot.

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