- What Easter games can we play?
- What can you do for Easter at home?
- What are Easter activities for kids?
Oh, hello Easter holidays. You’re here again? Jammed between the present-fuelled excitement of Christmas and the warm promise of summer, the Easter holidays can often mean drizzly days and chocolate-fuelled sugar crashes.
Here’s our top selection of Easter activities, crafts, games and to keep your kids out of your hare. 🐰
What Easter games can we play?
If you want to offset the chocolate consumption with a bit of physical activity, get the whole family together and play some Easter games.
1. Think Easter, think egg-hunt
But if your kids are eagle-eyed the fun may be short-lived. To extend the fun, you can turn an egg-hunt into a treasure hunt using hollow plastic eggs filled with clues. For toddlers, you can draw pictures of where the next clue is hidden. For young children, draw or print a picture of the final hiding place and cut it into puzzle pieces. For older kids, add a riddle
and sit back as they run around and figure it out.
2. Egg and spoon race
Nothing beats a good old-fashioned egg and spoon race
across the garden or local park, apart from, perhaps, a three-legged egg and spoon race. Don’t forget to hard-boil the eggs first, unless you’re feeling particularly brave!
The great egg-push – In this test of speed and skill, contestants roll an egg with their nose from the start line to the finishing post. This can also work well as a team relay.
3. Rock and egg-roll
Paint your eggs different colours but leave one egg unpainted and place it in the middle of your arena. Players take it in turns to roll their egg as close to the unpainted egg as they can. Nearest wins!
4. Grand designs
Teams compete to build the tallest tower using only eggs and cardboard tubes (toilet roll inners work well for this).
5. Pom pom pow!
Each player has a piece of double-sided tape on their clothing and a bag of bunny tails (aka cotton wool balls). The aim is to stick as many bunny tails to your opponents as you can. Players can compete against each other or work in teams. Either way, set a timer and start the fun!
What can you do for Easter at home?
If it’s wet outside and you want a bit of quiet time, get crafty!
1. Build a bunny!
There are so many things around the house that can be used to craft a bunny. Paper plates, toilet rolls, egg cartons, Easter eggs or cereal boxes and cotton wool can all be fashioned into a long-eared friend! No instructions are needed, just load up a table with a few bits and bobs and some sticky tape or glue and let the kids get creative. It’s a good opportunity to sit back and let them lead – you’ll be amazed by what they come up with.
2. Egg-shaped art
If you’re feeling patient and have nerves of steel, you can blow the innards out of an egg and do some egg painting.
For younger kids or heavy-handed adults, you can have a bash at potato-printing - simply slice open a spud and carve out your desired shape. Even simpler, gather some large pebbles or stones and paint them in bright colours. 🎨
3. Get folding
For a truly low-prep craft, try some Easter origami
. You can make baskets, bunnies and bookmarks without breaking a sweat.
What are Easter activities for kids?
These activities are a great way to spend time together doing something you all can enjoy.
1. Dig deep
Easter is a great time to get kids into gardening. Point out the spring flowers and ask them what they’d like to see in summer. You can plan and plant together in whatever containers you have.
2. Tasty treats
There are lots of good kid-friendly Easter recipes
for this time of year. From hot cross buns to chocolate nests – pop on a pinny and get cracking. Embrace the mess and let them get as involved as they can. Remind them that it doesn’t have to look perfect - soggy bottoms and imperfect bakes are all part of the fun!
Getting the kids away from their screens can be a challenge, but an outdoor adventure
can be just the thing to get them to open their eyes and enjoy the natural world
. Whether you’re revisiting a favourite place or trying somewhere new, here are a few things you can take with you to keep them motivated on a walk. 🍃
- A matchbox for each child to fill with tiny treasures from their walk
- A coin that they can toss to decide whether you should go left of right at each turn
- A flask of hot chocolate and some snacks for an outdoor mini-picnic
- A magnifying glass for them to peer through – you could challenge them to look for the strangest-looking thing they can find
- Paper and crayons to make bark or leaf rubbings
You can easily turn a walk into an outdoor scavenger hunt by challenging kids to find things such as: something yellow/blue, something smooth/prickly, something smelly, a snail/ant/bee/squirrel, a spider’s web that’s bigger than your hand, a feather, a nest, a pine cone, 3 kinds of leaf, a mushroom, footprints, a stick that looks like the first letter of your name, an enormous rock.
For older children you could give them a camera and make this a photo-scavenger hunt - or you could keep it low-tech and give them a small sketchpad to draw pictures of the objects as they find them.
Once you’ve done a handful of Easter activities, it’s time to sit back, relax and polish off the kids’ chocolate - safe in the knowledge that you’ve well and truly earned it!