I come from a highly competitive family. No, you really don't even know. There are seven of us kids, and the older four of us have been known to go to great lengths to win whatever game or contest we're involved in. With our competitive spirit, you can only imagine how things like Easter egg hunts have gone down in years past.

A few years ago, I was put in charge of our family Easter egg hunt and the goal was to find a way to make it more fun and fair, especially for the little kids. And so for the first time in the history of our family, only those who were aged 13 and younger were allowed to participate in the egg hunt.

It worked out really well that first year because we had six kids participating and all of the packages of plastic eggs that I found had six different colors. Each kid was given a gift bag (everyone got the same bag so no tears would be shed that someone got a better bag than someone else) and each kid was assigned their own color egg to hunt for. For instance, the person assigned the color blue was only allowed to pick up a blue egg and put it in their bag. The person with purple, purple eggs, and so forth.

Traci Taylor

Each kid had the same number of eggs to find, but by doing the hunt this way, we were able to hide the eggs for the bigger kids in harder to find spots and the eggs for the little kids in easier to find spots. Also, if a big kid found an egg that was meant for a little kid, they were really happy to help the little one 'discover' their egg and put it in their bag.

The nice thing about doing color assigned Easter eggs is that by the time the babies are old enough to participate, the older kids are aging out of the Easter egg hunt, so we've not had to come up with more than six different colored eggs. However, if you've got more than six kids participating in your egg hunt and you run out of different colored eggs, you could always put stickers on eggs and then tell the kids which character or object they have to look for (Mickey, cars, rainbows, etc.).