LPT If you're going Easter Egg hunting with young children, keep a couple of spare eggs with you in case they're too slow to find any. Then slip the eggs around the area they're looking in, so they're not left disappointed.

LPT If you're going Easter Egg hunting with young children, keep a couple of spare eggs with you in case they're too slow to find any. Then slip the eggs around the area they're looking in, so they're not left disappointed.

Edit- man some people are heartless, seriously I'm not talking about 10YO kids, I'm referring to toddlers and such

Better yet, do not hide any eggs (but tell them you did) then watch and laugh as they search hopelessly for something that isn't even there

LPT If you're holding the bag where they put in the found eggs you can easily hide them again and you can have fun while your kids find the same eggs over and over again.

They should be learning about the harsh realitys of life as soon as possible. You dont always find the eggs so you just make do with a pinecone and some vodka.

The hunt ends when they do

Easter is about Jesus. You should hide crucifixes next to the eggs then give them the choice of keeping either the eggs or Jesus. If they pick Jesus they might turn out ok. If they pick the egg, they're probably going to lead a sad life of crime and end up in eternal damnation. And it'll all be your fault.

Here's a better tip. Color code the eggs to hunter. The 10 year old looks for blue eggs, the five year old hunts for pink etc. That way the older kids don't get all the eggs while the little kid is left out and sad.

10/10 would not recommend keeping chocolate eggs in your pocket. I did that, people thought it was poo, I was only eight :(

This is how participation awards started.

Raising them to be good little communists from the beginning, I see.

"Mommy, we found five eggs why is there only one in the basket?"

"That's called the easter bunny tax dear"

"Only the kid with the most eggs gets to leave alive."

"Dad I just want chocolate"

"No offense but you're dying first"

That sounds like Battle Royale...

My parents would hide a bunch of mini eggs (those coloured ones wrapped in tinfoil) for myself and my 3 sisters and 1 big egg/bunny each with out names on it. If we found one with our sisters names we would leave it and keep looking for ours while collecting the mini eggs and then once everyone found their big egg (with lots of 'hints' from us little ones who couldn't keep a secret) we all had to pile our mini eggs onto the floor and our parents distributed them evenly. It was still a contest to see who could grab the most mini eggs but we all got to have fun and find our special prize.

You missed the golden opportunity of licking it and locking eyes with them.

It would be legendary

This is a good tip for kids 3 and under.

This is a terrible "tip" - you're denying your kids the opportunity to learn about frustration/failure, and leading them to believe that they will always be rewarded, just for trying. A much better LPT would be, "tell your kids that it's not important how many eggs they find, once they enjoy hunting for them".


That's called gin

We use to do a similar thing at a camp I worked at. We would play capture the flag but we wouldn't hide a flag until the end of the day. The kids would search and play for hours and the counselors would enjoy available relaxing day.

All these people saying let the kids suffer. Lol its an enjoyable day and enjoyable experience. The kids will have plenty of opportunities to fail. Doesnt mean they have to suffer every time lol. So what if you make a little fun for them too.

Once they were all found, the eggs are confiscated and everyone gets sent to the gulag for participating in a fake public holiday, and of religious origin. Only День Космона́втики is holiday!

I agree. When I was younger (10) we went to my cousins house for Easter. I didn't always get up early enough on Easter so my two cousins would find all the eggs, but they left some of the easier ones to find for me.

When she's 13 she'll hate you regardless

Never too young to learn about the circular flow of income in a closed economy

And be gay. Don't forget the part about growing up to be gay. Eggs can do that.

You better step your egg hunting game up. That shits weak.

Simply, no. While this may seem like you're appeasing the child only and setting them up for failure for their entire life, just get through this day and save that lesson for some other day.

I used to work special events and Easter egg hunts were the worst. There were the shovey kids who may not really be the age limit for that particular easter egg hunt, but might be and I have no idea if a 4 year old can be 50lbs so fine, and the kids too shy to participate, and kids who are kind of in the middle and usually get something, and kids who just had no clue what was happening because they're 3 and what the fuck is an Easter egg hunt but then are like "hey! I want eggs like everyone else!". Then after this cluster fuck of kids is tired from being up at 6am getting baskets, eating candy and donuts all morning, and now being dragged out to an Easter egg hunt where their parents have been yelling at them for 20 minutes over not listening, it is far better to just drop a damn egg so they can pick it up and nuclear meltdown is avoided.

It also stops event coordinators from getting yelled at repeatedly because their kid, who didn't want to go grab eggs, did not in fact get an egg.

Know your kid. Plan accordingly. Be the least obnoxious family at the event and don't be the ones with the screamer or worse, the one with parent meltdowns, because you feel every second of juniors life has to be a life lesson.

Conversely if your kid gets a lot of eggs and you notice another kid got very few if not any, use it as an opportunity to teach your kid about kindness and ASK, DO NOT FORCE, your kid to share some of their eggs.

So tired of this mentality. It's a psychological trick to teach kids not to give up when they lose. Because trying so hard for something and getting nothing can be really damaging to young kids.

So we just had a kid. My plan is to send her on scavenger hunts every Easter, rather than Easter egg hunts (I suppose she'll still do Easter egg hunts at some point.) Anyways, it'll be one clue per year she's been alive (5 years old, 5 clues, etc.) and each clue leads to the next clue. They will all ultimately lead to the "big" prize or whatever.

Except for her 13th Easter. There will only be one clue and it will be impossible to figure out. I just wanna see how long she tries to crack whatever nonsensical clue I have over a decade to plan. (I'll still get her a big prize, I'm not a monster.) If she's anything like me, she'll appreciate the joke.

when I was little, the local egg hunt had 3 sized eggs. The youngest kids searched for the biggest eggs, the middle kids the middle sized, and the oldest kids the smallest eggs. Similar system, and the bigger eggs for the little kids meant an easier time finding eggs.

Because trying so hard for something and getting nothing can be really damaging to young kids.

Probably even more damaging if you're an adult and haven't learned yet that that's the way life works.

Better some easter eggs than a degree or a well paying job or a partner.

I find this whole argument about my generation funny, because I've also been out of school for 4 years and been working in the "real world". My young coworkers and I are constantly told we are great workers with a great work ethic. We're told how we pick up new material so fast.

Then get one old guy alone for 10 minutes and he starts talking about how "participation awards" ruined our children. And how no one who got them turned out ok. And I have to remind him that we got participation awards and that his generation was responsible for giving them to us in the first place.

"Oh, I wasn't talking about you all. Just those kids..."

Grab the eggs after they spot them, but before they can pick them up, eat the candy inside, and tell them "I'm doing this for your own good" as you crush the egg shell into the dirt.

My favorite part about these comments is my presumption that, of all the people bemoaning this as coddling their children, a vast minority likely don't have kids of their own and lack any real experience on the subject.

I made my kids bury jelly beans in the yard last night. Can't wait for them to wake up and learn that jelly beans do not actually grow lollipops. Dad, ruining holidays one life lesson at a time.

That's better than my idea of putting each egg in small, spiked foothold traps. That way they can learn rewards for success, bitter dissapointment for failure, and be humbled early with scarring and PTSD. The sooner they learn to deal with it, the better.

But, we'll go with your idea.

They have their whole lives to learn about failure, let them enjoy being kids.

One of my favorite memories was Easter when I was 5 or 6 years old. There was an egg hunt at a local church, and my mom brought me there. I didn't manage to find any eggs cause I was younger than all the other kids. I was pretty disappointed after, but then a young guy (he may have been 15 or so) gave me a plastic egg that had a $10 bill inside. I was absolutely elated. That guy made me so happy, and every Easter since I was his age I've been looking for the opportunity to do that for a young kid like I was that missed out.

My faith in humankind has taken a hit on this thread. If you want to teach any lesson in all this it should be to encourage sharing.

All these idiots talking about 'participation trophies' being the bane of humankind not only have no fucking evidence, but clearly are absolute bellends if their priority with their children is to impart their malcontent and malevolence onto them as soon as possible.

Hope is important to people's motivation, but if you really believe in teaching them the harsh realities of life why not take the eggs off them at the end and eat them yourself, or you know, just abandon them to fend for themselves, they're only going to die eventually anyway.

There's way too much nuance to this situation for everyone to be getting all pissy.

I don't think you'd be damaging a 2 year old by doing what this LPT says. You're just encouraging them to participate and have fun.

Maybe don't do this for an 8 year old, though. But even then, maybe there's a good reason for it.

Maybe we should all calm the fuck down about participation trophies and let little kids have fun with their bullshit rainbow eggs and they can learn about all of life's disappointments tomorrow :)

Any egg hunt for wee kids is a bit different. I'm against the whole participation trophy thing but this is just a bit of fun looking for chocolate. The better kids still get more anyway.


Little did we know, OP was a deeply religious person and is now planning our murders because we laughed at Jesus.

In some since I agree. It all depends on their age. If they can hardly walk and the other kids get to all the eggs before they do they won't have any fun. You have a very solid point tho.

always did this- especially when 10 year olds hunt along side of 2 year olds. 2 year olds dont need that many eggs- they seriously dont care (or count) - but zero eggs will equal tears.

Umm and why are you not out jamming lollipops into the ground right now to continue the charade?

You are correct. There are plenty of other opportunities in life to teach a kid about disappointment. It shouldn't be during holidays.

Children have their whole life to learn disappointment. Teaching the joy of giving is so much better.

My parents taught us about disappointment when we played board games where there can genuinely be only one winner, not by artificially restricting the supply of cheap candy in a futile effort to pit me against my siblings.

You assume that kids are as rational as adults and that these parents are teaching them to be graceful in victory and defeat.

Hahaha! This was genuinely funny. Thanks for the laugh 👍

Definitly agree with it depends on age. My 2 and 3 year old went to one with my wife. She said it was kids up to 5 with parents. Kids 5 years old can outrun the little ones plus the parents of some of them are assholes. Wife said during the hunt, the helpers were dropping eggs around for little ones. As my 2 year old daughter is heading for them, a mother of another child picked up 4 and gave them to her kid. Both kids came out of it with only 2 eggs, and my 3 year old only had 2 because another mother gave him one. This lpt would have been handy for this scene.

Heck, if for nothing else look at it the other way. If my kids were older and grabbing all the eggs, we would definitely be ones to drop our extras to other little ones to find. Or use the opportunity to teach our kids to share there's or give our extras to little ones (give to the less fortunate)

Don't leave until you see the whites of their eggshells!

If my kids weren't communist I would consider myself a failure.

Relevant Parks and Rec

Except for the kids that lift, of course. They need to hit their protein macro.

I wonder if some of the folks here have ever been to a public Easter egg hunt? There isn't really "hunting" involved; rather, all the eggs are spread over an open area and the hundreds of kids in your child's age group pick them all up within sixty seconds of the word "go." It's rough at any age - when you have a toddler it's tricky. Maybe your active two-year-old is able to pick up five eggs on her own while the parents of a one-year-old have helped their kid pick up twelve.

People don't corral their kids into cars to go to big public Easter egg hunts to teach them about disappointment. In fact, I'm pretty sure a number of folks do them because they can't afford much in the way of Easter festivities otherwise, or don't live in a place where they can do an egg hunt inside at home.

Telling poor kids and their families that they need to "learn about failure" on a holiday is a jerk move.

Legen... Wait for it...

Thats what the secret service used to do with Reagan

I was always forced to divide mine up evenly, and as an adult now I voluntarily share things all the time.

Then again, that could be because 80% of the time I was the one benefitting from the forced sharing . . .

She'll hate you.

Did the same thing, except my mom would stab peeps onto bushes and cactuses, and the chocomini eggs would melt all over the plants we didn't find.

Arizona sucks

If they fail to find an egg literally crucify them right there in front of their friends while you scream passages of scripture at them, and then turn to the crowd and yell "WELCOME TO THE FUCKING REAL WORLD/EASTER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!" and then post about it to reddit for ten million karmas.

It's chocolate. Everyone gets chocolate

These comments depressed the fuck out of me. So many "they have to learn a lesson". Kids are smarter than most seem to give them credit for. You don't have to always ensure life is not fair or easy, so kids will learn life isn't fair or easy. you can actually have one day a year where you say "fuck it" and go out of your way to make your kid happy, and no lessons need to be taught. Hell, have one or two days every single week where you do something that makes someone happy without there needing to be a lesson.

I thought swans could be gay?!im crying now cuz eggs can be gay and it's so beautiful.

LPT - set out the easier eggs in a special color and tell the older kids they're for the little ones. Or give them a head start and let the older kids get the out of reach eggs.

And you get to put things that are appropriate for the individual child inside the eggs that way :)

I’m alergic to dairy

Y'all realize that there's a middle ground right?

You might only slip one or two eggs so they dont feel like a complete loser while not feeling like an artificial winner either.

Not to mention some of the parents themselves are complete assholes. When I was 5 and confident enough to get eggs by myself, guess what happened? All the other parents would run and get all the eggs before me. One mom even grabbed one out of my hand (scratching my hand and making me bleed in the process) because apparently her drooling 10-month-old saw it first. Needless to say, my mom ripped her a new one when I burst out crying and ran to her.

I'll just say this. I really hate losing. And my dad was really weird about hiding eggs in hard to find places. As a 6 year old, I climbed a tree and thought my dad had hidden these blue eggs in a nest. It seemed way too early for real bird eggs.

I killed a family of birds because I didn't want to have another year of my dad hiding the likely nonexistent eggs and me finding none again.

He seemed really surprised when I told him I found 2.

There's letting kids experience life, then there's being a dick. Kids will try to have a good time, and can make a bad time in the process. I still (27yr old) feel bad about those bird eggs.

We're not religious but when we were talking about upcoming Easter dinner I inapproriatly told my 8 year old that we eat ham on Easter because the Jews killed Jesus...and then he went to school and said this to his class. Oops

Because there aren't opportunities to experience failure the other 364 days of the year.

So in my younger college years I was on a trip with some guys and I'd bought a bottle of El Capitan, and it ran out. One of the dudes handed me his Sprite bottle and said, There's some gin in there, but what he meant was, That's gin. I had a lot and it did not go well.

In my experience it was always hollow plastic eggs with prizes in them (piece of candy, a dollar, tiny toy, ect).

this sort of reminds me of telling children that a snake tricked a man and woman (and here's the how to save yourself).

Probably for making her go on a scavenger hunt instead of letting her hang out at the mall with her friends.


Dad on easter

Participation awards are bad for kids but not in the way that people usually think. They were made to teach kids not to give up when they fail but have instead become a reward for mediocrity.

People assume kids won't learn to deal with failure because of this and will become narcissistic adults. Instead, kids learn that they will be praised no matter what. The praise, of course, then becomes meaningless. They have trouble believing in their actual accomplishments as they get older since they can't be sure if they're truly being praised.

Participation trophies create self-doubting adults, not narcissistic ones.

Edit: words

My wife likes to play hide the eggs....we have no kids.

What this one man did with his rib will SHOCK you!!

There's an episode of Ultimate Warrior where a spartan fights a ninja and they use 'black eggs' which are filled with broken glass and crushed chilli peppers and they would throw this in people's eyes. The spartan won the fight, but that makes no sense because if someone threw an eggful of glass and chilli in your eyes you would just curl up in a ball and plead for the sweet release of death.


Wait you hide chocolate eggs now?

We did hardboiled eggs that we painted/dyed in the morning or the day before. Then hid them.

Do kids not color eggs anymore? You know paint little designs on them and whatnot with the family. Then they get hidden!

Chocolate eggs were just a given. The hunt was for your colorful eggs!

Hiding them in your stomach is always a nice solution


Yep. We assign our kids the colors to look for. If you see a blue egg while you're hunting for your green and pink eggs, you leave it there.

That's amazing

Yeah you can..in fact it's a double win because the older kids starts to help the younger one find his eggs when he's done.

Wow, your parents must have really loved you if you feel that giving a child an egg is coddling. God forbid someone make their kid happy with approximately 25 cents worth of plastic and candy, on a holiday where they should be having fun. You probably would also hand a kid a bill after Christmas. What a weirdo, maybe don't put so much stock in an egg and realize that people who like to see their kids happy aren't coddling, they're just not horrible people.

That's what I'm saying. Save the stoicism for the young adults.

That's because of Obama's chemtrails.

Someone needs to educate them about progressive vs regressive taxation.

That's called fucking life. Sometimes you try really hard for nothing. When it happens when you're 6, you learn how to cope with it and move on and try again anyway. When you're told you're a fucking butterfly and find out you're really a shitipillar, people kill themselves

As someone who racked up a slew of basketball participation trophies in their youth and not a single one for winning anything, I--along with the rest of my team--was very aware that we were shit. It's not like we were happy about getting the participation trophy--we definitely didn't see it as any sort of reward for mediocrity.

But there are plenty of opportunities to learn that lesson. Easter is meant to be fun. An upset 3 year old is no one's idea of fun.

Being told we did well when we successfully take over big projects and take positions that used to be held by people with 10+ years experience isn't a participation award.

Just because you get compliments all the time didn't mean you did nothing to get those compliments.

My other coworkers at this level have kids my age. You don't get here by just participating.

If you're trying to use someone else getting complimented for their real accomplishments as an excuse as to why others don't get compliments at all, maybe those people not getting compliments just didn't deserve them.

Also, being paid is a participation award. I take it you receive participation awards, too?

I don't think anyone is talking about intentionally forcing kids to experience disappointment. I have always respected my parents' decision to raise me without falsifying reality to "protect me." Instead they let me experience life and helped me to understand my role in navigating it.