Simple Easter game for the whole family?
April 10, 2009 9:13 AM   Subscribe

I need a simple Easter game that my whole family can play. The winner needs to be determined quickly. Any ideas?

I have a whole bunch of little presents for my family, and I need a fun way to distribute them. (A card game maybe?), but I couldn't think of any that weren't a long drawn out process.
posted by banished to Grab Bag (17 answers total)
 
How about a game where you hide several small items around the house. You could use something the size and shape of an egg, for example. Then, everyone could search or "hunt" for the egg-shaped items. The presents could be distributed according to the number of egg-shaped items each person finds. You could call the game the "Great Hunt for Eggs on Easter."
posted by ekroh at 9:27 AM on April 10, 2009 [1 favorite]


Do the traditional Eastern-European "egg fight" with your boiled, colored eggs. It's a PvP match. Two people choose their "player" from the basket of eggs, choose their business end--pointy, or rounded--then strike them against each other, one on top, one on the bottom. The winners can keep playing each other, and as a person wins, award them their present. Eventually, everyone will win a match. If you lose, eat your egg and choose a new one. (And if someone is on a persistent loosing streak, tell them to grip their egg very tightly, blunt end up, on the bottom.)
posted by Tufa at 9:43 AM on April 10, 2009 [1 favorite]


That's to say, in an egg fight match, one egg will break, one egg will stay whole.
posted by Tufa at 9:44 AM on April 10, 2009


(Losing streak, not loosing. Accordingly, they should grip their egg tighter.)
posted by Tufa at 9:48 AM on April 10, 2009


We do have the egg cracking contest on Easter and the winner gets $5. The problem with using that in this situation is we would go through too many eggs to distribute all the gifts... lots of little things.
posted by banished at 9:51 AM on April 10, 2009


Spelling bee? Rock-scissors-paper?

Seriously, how quick? 1 minute? 10 minutes? Shorter than a game of monopoly?
posted by amtho at 9:52 AM on April 10, 2009


If you have a whole lot of little things, how about an easter pinata?
posted by amtho at 9:54 AM on April 10, 2009 [1 favorite]


Simon Says

You don't have to play until there's only one person left. You can give presents to the last two, three, five, whatever. You could even reward winners after each command. So, if you say "Simon Says hop on the left foot" all those hopping on the left foot get a prize. At that level of ease/simplicity you could go through a ton of presents really fast. Furthermore, if some of the presents are a little nicer you can just make that round contain more commands (or harder ones).
posted by oddman at 10:09 AM on April 10, 2009


The problem with using that in this situation is we would go through too many eggs to distribute all the gifts...
Quail eggs? Or an egg roll towards some target, like croquet?
posted by Tufa at 10:48 AM on April 10, 2009


Seriously, how quick? 1 minute?

Yeah one minute would be perfect. Idea has to be perfect for all ages, 7-100. Pinata and egg hunt would be out as the older people would be less likely to participate.
posted by banished at 11:10 AM on April 10, 2009


Uh, how about "Guess how many jelly beans are in this basket. Closest answer wins a _____!"
posted by amtho at 11:28 AM on April 10, 2009


Not an easter game per se, but we used to play the game of dropping clothespins into a milk bottle. Or you can use a ketchup bottle and thimble... or any small neck vase. It's great for any age, and you can adjust the skill level for the age range. Even my grandparents enjoyed this.
posted by kimdog at 11:41 AM on April 10, 2009


Do you want everyone to win something?
posted by exceptinsects at 11:43 AM on April 10, 2009


Do you want everyone to win something?

Yes, several times over again.

Counting the number of jelly beans would work but get kind of boring / repetitive done over and over again.
posted by banished at 11:49 AM on April 10, 2009


You could do Prince of the Parish, and whoever makes it to the front ever gets a present.
posted by craven_morhead at 12:25 PM on April 10, 2009


What about musical chairs, and whoever gets _eliminated_ gets a present?
posted by amtho at 12:45 PM on April 10, 2009


Shoot marbles on a tabletop. Experience has taught me that old people love marbles. They can even teach the younger ones how to do it right. Get a few targets and have people shoot marbles into targets (boxes with holes, big cups, or just between two markers). Based on where they hit, take a present from a certain box?

Alternately, something like quick beer pong without beer - or any liquid. You get it in, you get a present. If you want to extend it, maybe make it three in a row? Needs one big table, a Ping-pong or bouncy ball and a bunch of cups.
posted by cobaltnine at 2:42 PM on April 10, 2009


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