Easter celebrates rebirth and renewal. It calls us forth—out into the spring air to show up, begin again, and do our best. It’s invigorating and joyful, and a great time to reconnect as a family.
Here are 10 ideas to turn this Easter season into a family fun egg-stravaganza.
Color Easter Eggs
The most traditional Easter activity is to color Easter eggs together as a family. Of course, there are many kits that you can easily purchase in your local grocery store, but that’s not the only method you can use to color eggs.
If you’d like a more natural approach to coloring your Easter eggs, and want to eliminate artificial dyes, check out this blog post from MommyPotamus.com in which blogger Heather Dessinger uses ingredients like cabbage, beets, turmeric, and onion to create natural and beautiful egg colors.
Spring has sprung. It’s getting warmer outside. The sun is shining. And little sprouts are beginning to poke their way through the soil. Few things capture the celebration of renewal and rebirth quite like gardening.
Enlist the help of your little ones and head out to the garden to begin the process of creating and caring for plants. Provide your children with their own garden gloves or tools, new packets of seeds or sprouts from the local garden center, or other materials they can use to make the garden their own.
Learning about the importance of weeding, watering, and nurturing are lessons that can be carried into all facets of life.
Hunt for Easter Eggs
No Easter would be complete without a fun Easter egg hunt with family and friends. Grab your baskets and head out to find treat-filled eggs that have been carefully hidden away. Allison Carter, a party planner in Bothell, Washington, puts coupons inside of her plastic Easter eggs in lieu of candy.
“This takes the focus off the candy and puts it back on the family connection,” Carter said. “Coupons may include things like go on an ice cream date with Daddy or choose one extra story at bedtime.”
Get creative and make your family’s Easter egg hunt one to remember.
Visit the Easter Bunny
The requisite photo opportunity with the Easter Bunny isn’t too hard to come by this time of year. You can find the big guy in various malls around the country and other fun places where Easter is being celebrated. Dress your little ones up in their Easter best and head over for an Easter photo that will (hopefully) put a smile on their faces.
Enjoy an Egg-straordinary Countdown
Carter also recommends a countdown to Easter using Easter eggs. “Have kids find and open an egg each morning and inside is a fun note or coupon to cash in at a later date,” she said.
Whether creating Easter gifts for family and friends or decor for around your home, get crafty with the kids. Embark on artistic ventures like an egg wreath for your door, a paper basket to hold gifts, Easter cards fun crafts like those found on Andreja Vucajnk’s blog, EasyPeasyAndFun.com.
Amp up the fun this Easter with some enjoyable games to play with your children. Pour jellybeans into a clear jar and offer a prize for whoever guesses how many are there. Gather some eggs and spoons and challenge some friends to an egg and spoon race. Line up the kids for a few rounds of pin the tail on the bunny. You can even turn a simple game of hopscotch into an Easter-themed activity.
Read Easter Books
For every special occasion, you can always find enjoyable children’s books to share with your little ones, and Easter is no exception. Look for these enjoyable reads in your library or local bookstore: “The Story of Easter” a Little Golden Book by Jean Miller (illustrated by Jerry Smith), “Rechenka’s Eggs” by Patricia Polacco, “The Egg Tree” by Katherine Milhous, “The Tale of Peter Rabbit” by Beatrix Potter, “The Easter Egg” by Jan Brett, and “E is for Easter” by Greg Paprocki.
Plan an Egg-cellent Scavenger Hunt
Lori Lite of Marietta, Georgia, enjoys an Easter scavenger hunt each year with her family.
“We were never big on candy, so I preferred to hide one nicer present,” she said. “To make it fun, I would hide plastic eggs filled with words. The kids would find the eggs and put the words out on the table to assemble them into a sentence, which was the clue to where their present was hidden.”
“I love watching the older children help the youngest put the sentence together,” she added.
Create an Easter Treasure Hunt
Similarly, Anita Wilson of New Albany, Ohio, creates a treasure hunt for her children on Easter morning. “Each child is given a ribbon color tied to their empty Easter basket,” she explained. The ribbon color corresponds to gifts tied to tree branches outside. It’s a unique twist on the traditional Easter basket that her family enjoys.