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Easter Egg Hunt Ideas for Teenagers

by Christen Robinson, studioD

If your teen thinks she is too old for an Easter egg hunt, shake up her preconceptions with new themes and ideas. It is possible to hold your teen's interest while keeping family traditions intact.

Pool Party Egg Hunt

If you have access to a pool, utilize it for a one-of-a-kind Easter experience. Toss empty plastic eggs into the pool to float at the surface. Now fill other eggs with coins to sink to the bottom of the pool creating an additional challenge. Give each teen a plastic grocery sack to fill with eggs. Start the countdown and watch them splash their way to victory. The teen with the most eggs is the winner. Consider offering prizes to the teens with most eggs collected. To ensure safety, make sure that all of the participants know how to swim and hire a lifeguard for the event.

Glowing Egg Hunt

Wait until the sun sets to create an unforgettable egg hunt. Make your eggs stand out in the night with a few simple supplies. Paint plastic eggs with glow in the dark paint or put glow stick bracelets inside each egg. A glow stick is a thin clear tube filled with a substance that glows for several hours when activated. They are often available at craft stores. Hide the eggs all over a large outdoor area. Pass out glow sticks and flashlights to the teens and let the craziness begin. Make it a party with snacks and music.

Token Egg Hunt

Chocolate is great, but look beyond candy for your next egg hunt. Fill plastic eggs with tokens and hide them all over the house or yard. Allow the teens to "cash in" the tokens for prizes. For tokens, use coins, paper money from a board game, marbles or paper clips -- any small set of objects that you can assign a value will suffice, feel free to get creative. Offer different prizes in exchange for the tokens. Gift cards to coffee stands, restaurants and favorite stores are likely to be popular. Alternatively, consider offering a prize without a monetary value like an extra 30 minutes added to curfew.

GPS Egg Hunt

Use your teen's existing love of his smart phone and plan a GPS (Global Positioning System) egg hunt. Plot the GPS coordinates of each egg's hiding spot and write them out on a list. Give each teen a copy of the list and let them use their GPS devices or smart phones to find the eggs. The teen to find the most eggs is the winner. Alternatively, plan a treasure hunt and hide the coordinates in each egg. Give the teens a starting set of coordinates, which will lead them to an egg containing the coordinates for the following egg, and so on. The final egg will contain the coordinates leading to a large final prize -- the treasure. Make sure to hide your eggs in a very large area, such as a park or a piece of property with acreage. GPS coordinates have a 10 to 20 foot range of accuracy.

About the Author

Christen Robinson has been writing educational content and materials since 2004. She also writes for eHow, Answerbag and Education.com. Robinson teaches special education, and specializes in working with children with autism. She holds a master's degree in teaching from Central Washington University.

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