Glow in the Dark Egg Hunt

So I know Easter has come and gone already, but now that the weather is getting warmer, this is a pretty cool activity for any night of the week and gets the kids outside and running around!

My sister pinned something similar to this before Easter and my kids had a blast finding the eggs!

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Here’s what you need:

  • Plastic Easter Eggs (the less opaque the better)
  • Battery operated tea lights (find them at the Christmas Tree Shop or the dollar stores)
  • Fun treat to hide inside
(You could follow the original instructions and use glow bracelets/necklaces, but we used the tea lights since they are reusable.)
All you have to do is wait for dark, fill the eggs with your treat and a lit tea light, close them up, hide them (or place them in plain sight) and let your kids go!
We put a jellybean in each, but you could use temporary tattoos, stickers, money, whatever you want.  This was so fun (my 2 year old ran so fast around the yard you would have thought she was participating in the Hunger Games) that they didn’t care about the candy at all and just had fun.  In fact, we did it two nights Easter weekend!
Happy Hunting!

5 thoughts on “Glow in the Dark Egg Hunt

  1. I saw this on Pinterest a while back and tried it right before Easter. A couple of important warnings, though, about the lights. First I tried the LED lights from Michaels. Not only did fully half of them not work, but they are DEFINITELY a choking hazard if you have young children. Might be okay with older kids but they are kind of a pain to turn on in each egg, then turn back off when you are done. The effect was cool and my kids loved it, but I had to watch the little one closely to make sure he didn’t put any lights in his mouth.

    I then tried the glow bracelets and they were terrible, too. Maybe it’s because I got the cheap ones at Walmart, but when I bent them enough to get into the eggs, they snapped and glow liquid went everywhere! I’ve seen lots of pins about cutting open glow sticks and doing stuff with the liquid, but I am not convinced that this is safe for kids, at least little ones who still put stuff in their mouths. The bracelets also came with little plastic pieces which held the ends together — also a choking hazard.

    I’ll see if I can find the tea lights because if they are like actual tea lights, then they should not be a choking hazard. It’s such a cool idea and so much fun, I really want to be able to do it!

    1. Hi Jen, thanks for the comment! The tea lights we used were the same size as regular tea lights. Some of the ones we got didn’t work, but they came in a package of 3 for $1 so no big loss if you buy extra. I haven’t seen the LED lights, but I agree with you on the glow sticks. When those things break, I’m not sure I want that liquid on (or in!) my kids!

  2. this is one of the sweetest ideas ever! I think Jake will love this. and how cool do those eggs look!?

  3. My mom found packages of 3 for $1 at the dollar store. The batteries to replace them are more expensive than that! You may be able to find them at the craft stores too! have fun!

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