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Some Towns Have Come Up With A Safe Way To Do Easter Egg Hunts During The Coronavirus Pandemic

This is a great idea in a time of social distancing!

Among the latest casualties of the coronavirus pandemic is one of America’s most cherished rites of spring: the Easter egg hunt. At a time when gathering in groups is a strict no-no, getting together to watch kids search for colorful eggs in public spaces has been all but outlawed this year.

Even the annual Easter egg roll at the White House — which hosts thousands of kids every year and had only previously been nixed during wars and food shortages — will not take place in 2020. But, as with all disruptions caused by the outbreak, people are finding creative ways to restore some degree of normalcy.

One unique solution some have come up with to encourage families to enjoy the warm weather and stay active is to turn the traditional Easter egg hunt into a neighborhood-wide scavenger hunt that can be enjoyed from a distance.

On March 21, the Iowa Egg Council announced a “virtual Easter egg hunt” that is actually much less low-tech than it sounds. In an Instagram post about the new initiative, the group urges people to print off some coloring sheets of an Easter egg from its website, spend time coloring them and stick them to their houses in various ways that will be visible to others, like taping them to windows or doors facing the street.

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Iowa Egg Council announces a virtual Easter egg hunt and coloring contest. Due to COVID-19 Easter egg hunts have been canceled throughout the state, and the country. Iowa Egg Council wants to keep the tradition and spirit alive for children and is encouraging kids, and their families to visit iowaegg.org to download and print off any Easter egg coloring sheet, color the egg and place it on a window in the home for all to see. We encourage children and their families to go for a walk and hunt for eggs on windows, and share them with Iowa Egg Council on their Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. If going outside is not an option, simply color your egg and share your artwork to one of Iowa Egg Council's social media accounts using #IowaEggHunt or #IowaEggColoring. Iowa Egg Council's virtual Easter egg contest officially kicks off March 20, 2020. All entries must be posted by midnight on April 11th. A winner will be randomly selected and announced on April 17th. The winner will receive an egg swag bag that includes: a tote bag, Amazon gift card, t-shirt, coloring book, pencil and stress egg. We hope to spread positivity and enjoyment with this contest and continue the tradition of Easter despite the current state of the world right now. We look forward to finding and seeing all of the beautifully colored Easter eggs and encourage families to decorate hardboiled eggs and cook plenty of egg friendly recipes with your families at home. For recipe and egg decorating ideas visit Iowaegg.org or IncredibleEgg.org. *link in bio*

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Then, the council urges people to try to spot eggs while they are out for walks around their neighborhood. They even came up with a prize for people who color their own version of the printable egg. You can find the printable coloring sheet right here.

Anyone who shares their colorful egg to the Iowa Egg Council on social media using the hashtags #IowaEggHunt or #IowEggColoring by April 12 will be entered to win a prize pack that includes an Amazon gift card, a shirt, a tote bag, a coloring book and more.

But it’s not just Iowans who are getting in on this new twist on the Easter egg hunt, as a group in Georgia came up with a similar idea and is encouraging people from all over to take part in its own paper egg hunt starting on March 28. The group showed how some of its eggs are decorated and stuck to a window on Instagram, making for a cheerful springtime display.

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More Eggs up!! #springegghunt @springegghunt

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Meanwhile, in Nebraska, the Hastings Parks and Recreation Department is promoting a similar program and is asking people to snap photos of the eggs they spot around town and share them on its Facebook page. In a video, Hastings Recreation Superintendent Ryan Martin announced the new program as a “social distancing Easter egg hunt.”

“We hope to spread positivity and enjoyment with this contest and continue the tradition of Easter despite the current state of the world right now,” the Iowa Egg Council said in a press release about its contest.

Who can argue with that sentiment right now?