For many, Easter egg hunts are an annual holiday tradition. However, the hunts typically focus on candy prizes, and sometimes use real eggs rather than plastic. This can be problematic for children with food allergies. However, hosting a food-free Easter Hunt is a great way to ensure all kids can participate.
Our friends at the No Nuts Moms Group helped us provide some tips on how to host a food-free Easter Hunt of your own! Whether you just incorporate this activity into your traditional family gathering, or make it a larger community event, we hope you find them helpful!
How to Host a Food-free Easter Egg Hunt
- Purchase plastic eggs; estimate 15-20 eggs per child.
- Fill with non-food items such as stickers, poppers, stickers, sticky hands, stampers, erasers, bounce balls, etc. (Keep in mind latex allergies, if applicable.)
- Consider designating “golden eggs,” specially marked eggs that result in a larger prize item.
- Ask guests to bring their own carrying bucket, have some extra on hand in case some forget.
- Start the hunt off with a whistle or countdown.
- Consider having an Easter Bunny make an appearance by purchasing, renting, or borrowing a costume.
To help with the cost of the event, consider asking your guests to chip in to help cover the expenses. Or, if you’re hosting a community event, consider putting out a jar to collect donations for FARE!
With funding from the FARE Community Outreach Award Program, a food-free Easter Hunt in Murray, UT will be held this year on March 26, hosted by the Utah Food Allergy Network.