Easter Games

Easter games are an important part of the celebration for many people and provide many a child with happy memories for years to come. In the U.S., even the White house gets in on the action, with their annual Easter Egg Roll on the White House lawn.

Egg Rolling
This game is reputed to be played at the White House in the USA every year.For an egg roll, you must have some sort of incline, preferable a hill. The Egg Roll is basically a race, the eggs are rolled down the hill and the one that reaches the bottom first, wins. Steep hills make great races, but slow climbing.

Egg Bowling
When coloring boiled eggs, leave one white for this game which is very similar to Italian Bacci Ball. Place the white egg in the center of an open space and take turns to see who can roll their dyed egg closest to the white egg without touching or moving.

Egg and Spoon Races - Eggs, spoons and an area to run are all you need for this game. Variations could include relays and obstacle courses. Balance an egg in a spoon and see if you can reach the finish line before your egg falls off.

Who's Got the Egg? - This game is best played with 16 or more but can be played by smaller groups. Divide the group into 2. Give each group four eggs - plastic or hard boiled. (If your group is smaller, use 2 or 3 eggs.) Each group must pick four players to hide the eggs in their back pockets or wherever else in their clothing it can be hidden. After the teams have hidden the eggs, they line-up facing the opposing team. Alternating turns between the 2 teams, players go down the line calling out the name of the opponent that they think may have the egg. When a player with a hidden egg is called, he or she must reveal the egg. The first team to uncover their opponents' four eggs wins.

Easter Games Egg Hunt
Probably the most popular Easter Game is an egg hunt. You might not have to worry about preparing for this one, because if you're lucky, when you wake up on Easter morning, the Easter Bunny will have already come to your house and hidden the eggs. In this case, all you'll have to do search until you find them. However, if the bunny was too busy to hide the eggs (which he frequently is), you'll have to do it yourself. Here are a few egg hunt hints:

1. Take a count of how many eggs are hidden and how many are found. Make sure they match. The aroma of eau de rotten oeuf in July can be overpowering.
2. Don't hide eggs where pets might eat them.
3. Hide eggs in easy and difficult places to find to keep it interesting for all the kids.
4. Sometimes it's a good idea to give little kids a minute or so head start on their older siblings.
5. For extra fun, let the kids know that finding certain designated colored eggs will earn them an extra prize.

Knock 'ems
Similar to the English game of knockems played with conckers (I believe that is what they are called anyway!), this game is played with each player choosing an egg and tapping them on a partner's egg. The first egg to crack loses and the winner goes on to challange other winners in a knock out competition until there is one egg left.