Kid Safety Tips For
Outdoor Easter Egg Hunts
With spring on the horizon and Easter around the corner, chances are your kid has already started thinking about their strategy for your family or neighborhood Easter egg hunt. For kids, the Easter egg hunt is the most anticipated event of the holiday. It's also fun for parents to watch, as long as you're watching out for potential safety hazards beforehand. You can't guarantee that your kid's strategy will pay off when all the eggs are counted, but you can guarantee their safety and make sure your event is accident free. Review these outdoor Easter egg hunt safety tips and get some safety tips for inside the house, as well.
The most important thing to do before you start hiding Easter eggs is to survey the entire area to check for any safety hazards. This step is better to complete a day or two in advance. That way if you find an area that needs to be cleaned up or roped off, you'll have time to get the job done. Walking through last-minute or in the morning while you're trying to put the finishing touches on your outdoor Easter decorations won't always give you enough time to properly identify the risks and fix the safety hazards.
Sometimes it's easier to limit potential safety hazards by creating boundaries instead of trying to secure every single area of your lawn. For larger areas, especially if you're hosting a bigger Easter egg hunt, make it clear that these spaces are off-limits. Stow away garden tools and lock them in the shed, rope off sensitive areas like flower gardens where you don't want kids trekking, and add reinforcements like stovetop covers indoors. Don't forget to communicate what's off-limits before you start the hunt.
Crawling & Climbing
Where you hide your eggs doesn't determine where the kids will go. Remember that kids think there are eggs hidden everywhere, so every potentially unsafe place needs to be checked, roped off, or monitored. If you're hosting a large Easter egg hunt, put all the parents to work monitoring designated areas of the yard or house. This way you'll be able to make sure kids aren't climbing too high, pulling patio door curtains, crawling into thorny plants, or getting tangled in electronics.
Pesky Garden Plants
If you're going to hold the majority of your Easter egg hunt in your backyard, try to take stock of all the plants and vegetation. Stinging nettle, prickly bushes like barberry, and flower thorns will turn a fun Easter egg hunt sour very quickly. Common culprits like poison ivy, bees, and ticks are known to cause issues when kids are set loose to poke and dig around. Follow small children to, if anything, make sure they aren't getting their cute spring dresses dirty, and check if any visiting children have allergies before you start hiding the eggs just to be safe.
Curious Cats & Dogs
Chances are that your cats will be more interested in their interactive cat toys than your colorful Easter eggs, and dogs will just enjoy running around the yard with the kids. However, some pets can get a little curious and start getting in the way of your Easter egg hunt. Whether it's the cat who paws an egg out of a perfectly good hiding spot or a dog who wants to collect a few eggs of their own, it might be better to keep your pets at bay either while you're hiding eggs or while the hunt is taking place.
Even if you've double and triple checked your Easter egg hunting grounds, that doesn't mean it's a good idea to let kids loose and sit back out of sight until they can't find anymore eggs. After a long morning of holiday preparations and Easter events, it's tempting for parents to use the hunt as a break. As well-deserved as this break may be, the Easter egg hunt is when parents need to be the most alert. Not every parent is needed. Let the parents who set up the hunt take a break.