Mar 9, 2016
4 Ways To Cut Safety Hazards From Your Easter Egg Hunt
Planning an Easter egg hunt is a fun task that carries a lot of responsibility. If the annual Easter egg hunt will be taking place in your backyard this year, consider these 4 simple ways to eliminate safety hazards from the game:
1. Cut The Grass About 3 Days Before Easter
There’s always a chance that sharp objects could be hiding under the grass you’ve been neglecting to cut. I don’t know if you’ve been reasoning that letting the grass grow out is the best way to hide Easter eggs, or just not cutting the grass because you don’t feel like it, but either way just keep the safety hazards that come with uncut grass in mind.
It’s easy for sharp rocks, glass, plastics and other dangerous items to hide in a tangled lawn and injure children during an Easter egg hunt whether they’re roaming the yard with or without shoes.
If you aren’t fond of yard work, I’d suggest getting it done about 3 days ahead so that it doesn’t have too much time to grow back out. You should still do a walk-through the day of the hunt to make sure nothing sharp made its way into your lawn, though.
2. Create No-Go Zones
Have you put your blood, sweat and tears into building a garden? Do you want to protect your plants from the competitive nature of egg hunts? Consider hanging up signs or using bright colored ribbon/tape to mark no-go zones. Once completed, let the day’s competitors know that anything marked with your colour of choice can’t be touched.
3. Fence Your Yard
If you’ve got a sprawling backyard free of rear neighbours, you might not have bothered to fence your yard. That’s fine for you and your fellow adults, but kids might wander too far off and get lost without anyone noticing. To prevent the kids from wandering off and joining a pack of wolves or coming in contact with poison ivy, consider buying a few temporary fences you can easily find at your local hardware store.
4. Use Food Grade Eggs & Grass
If you’re going to use real eggs for your hunt, you should follow the safety tips Kraft put together. They advise you to use food grade colouring, avoid painting eggs with cracked shells, not consume eggs that have been out longer than 2 hours and more.
If you’re going to use real eggs but don’t want the kids to consume them, blow out the insides (using a straw) prior to using the food grade dye.
The best alternative of all is to use either plastic eggs or the wrapped chocolate eggs you can get at virtually any grocery store. One thing to note if you go the wrapped chocolate route is that you should avoid hiding them in areas that contain a lot of dirt.
And when it comes to the ‘grass’ that lines Easter baskets, why not go for something edible? Many companies make some pretty awesome faux grass I’m sure the kids would enjoy.
If you’re planning an Easter egg hunt in your backyard, share your tips in the comments below!