I’m a bit of a communist when it comes to egg hunts: You brought 12 eggs, you leave with 12 eggs. Congratulations on your speed and agility son, now give me these eggs so I can redistribute them.
This makes the egg-poor kids happy, and the egg-rich kids sad.
So I thought of something! Why not reserve 30 or more eggs when hiding the rest? After all of the eggs have been found, line the comrades up for an inspection and simply give some of the reserved eggs to the poor. That makes everyone happy, and no one sad!
Congress has my contact information if they need a simple solution to their egg distribution.
New idea (4/6/13): You could just instruct the kids that when they find their 12 eggs, they should sit down in the field. Then if there are more to find, they can get up for round two, as long as everyone already has the 12 they brought with them.
Can you tell this is a major problem in my life? My kids are often the ones with 4 eggs at the end of the hunt. It makes me sad that they can’t even come with what they started with. Last year they were looking for the specific eggs that they brought with them–a dinosaur shaped one, a flowery one. So they were passing over “other people’s” eggs looking for their own. I have try to educate them on the art of egg hunting, and they did better this year, but it would still be nice if it weren’t so cut-throat.