Easter just wouldn't be the same without all the epic scavenger hunts for colourful eggs, chocolate bunnies and other sweet delights. But first, you need to stock up on all the Easter essentials. If you didn't manage to get all the chocolate delights before lockdown, worry not. Instead of putting yourself at risk and running to the store, make your own treats at home! From chocolate stuffed eggs to decadent cakes, you can craft your Easter treats in the safety of your own home.
Now that you have all your treats sorted for the coming long weekend, it's time to plan the perfect scavenger hunt and other fun activities that will keep the little chocolate monsters busy for hours. If you're not too keen on having sugar crazed children running around the house, don't stress. Just take them out into the garden for loads of egg-citing Easter activities. This way, the kids will have plenty of space to work off their extra energy and you won't spend the rest of lockdown scrubbing chocolate off your curtains.
Speaking of Easter activities and spending some time outdoors, why not spend the day out in the sunshine playing a bunch of Easter-style games? Not only will this get everyone enjoying some fresh air, but the kids will be away from their screens, even for just a few hours. From Bunny Hops to Easter Tag, there are plenty of games you can play to spend time together as a family without putting yourselves in danger of contracting the coronavirus.
A long weekend means bored children. Couple that with plenty of chocolate, and you're bound to be overwhelmed with exclamations of "Mom, I'm bored". Cure the restless rascals with these handy kid-friendly Easter arts and crafts. Not only will you save a fortune on Easter trinkets, but the kids will have a blast for hours crafting their very own keepsake knickknacks.
Another great way to keep the little ones out of mischief over the long weekend is with some Easter baking. Not only is this a fun way to bond as a family, but it will teach the kids a new skill (and it will leave the house smelling amazing). You and the kids can craft your own hot cross buns, cinnamon rolls and Easter eggs, or you can spend the day baking special Easter cookies, cupcakes and cake pops. Pack these into an adorable box and your Easter gifting is sorted.
If you're still on the prowl for Easter entertainment to keep your kids out of trouble, then not to worry. There are many Easter themed movies perfect for the little ones and families. From the 1947 Easter Yeggs to the 2011 Hop, these movies are sure to entertain all. So, make a bowl of salted popcorn and mix in a few Smarties, Astros and Speckled Eggs for a sweet and salty treat. Then grab the family and plop on the couch and get ready for hours of Eastertainment.
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Similar to the potato sack race, the bunny hop race is the perfect way to get the kids having fun out in the sunshine. Start by creating a start and finish line. Then, each player must hop their way to the finish line. The first person to make it to the finish line wins an Easter egg. To make the game more challenging for older children, throw in a few obstacles that participants need to hop around or over - think Easter eggs, bunny holes or carrots.
Take the old favourite egg toss to a new level by adding some Easter flair. To play this game, divide the participants into teams of two. Team members must stand opposite one another at equal distances. One team mate must toss an egg (we recommend a candy-coated Easter egg) to the other member of the team. If the team member catches it, they must take a step back and throw it back to their team member. If the egg is dropped, they're out of the game. The last team left standing wins the game.
This game is sure to be a blast for family members of all ages. For this game, you'll need two cups, a bag of speckled eggs and a spoon per player. Fill one of the cups with the speckled eggs and you're ready to go. The object of the game is simple, each player much transfer all the speckled eggs from the one cup to the other cup with the spoon - while the spoon is in their mouth.
Have a good family laugh while trying to get your egg to the finish line first. To play this game, you'll need a table, a few round Easter eggs and some family members with a sense of fun. The object of the game is to roll your egg to the finish line using only your nose. We recommend getting foil wrapped Easter eggs for this - no Easter eggs wasted.
This game is perfect for families who want to get a bit competitive without all the strenuous physical activity. Simply fill a jar with Easter eggs (don't forget to count them as you go). Then it's up to your family members to guess how many eggs are in the jar. The person whose guess is the closest wins the jar. Fill up several jars to give everyone a fighting chance.
Give the classic game of tag an Easter twist by including the Easter Bunny. For this game, you'll need to choose someone to be the Easter Bunny (give them a pair of bunny ears for some added fun). The Easter Bunny must then count to ten, giving the other players a chance to run away. When the Easter Bunny is done counting, he or she starts chasing the others. Once the Easter Bunny has 'tagged' someone, that person is the new Easter Bunny and the game starts all over again.
Do you know of any fun games for Easter? Let us know about them in the comments section below!
Easter is a time for sweet hot cross buns, delicate cookies, squidgy marshmallow eggs and lots of gooey chocolate. But instead of buying all these sweet treats, why not rope the kids into making them? The kitchen is bound to be a mess but the memories made will be more than worth it! And, you'll have yummy treats to snack on for days to come - it's a win-win.
To see our top Easter baking recipes for kids, click here.
There is nothing better to keep the little ones busy this long Easter weekend than a few arts and crafts. Not only will this keep them out of your hair for hours on end, it will also help develop their fine motor skills and give them a much needed creative outlet. Using common household objects, kids can make their own Easter egg baskets, adorable Easter wreaths and even try their hands at Jackson Pollock-style art. So, put down some newspaper, get out the art supplies and get crafting.
To see our top Easter craft projects, click here.
After all the Easter eggs, hot cross buns and any other baking the kids did, the whole family is going to need some exercise. So, why not head outdoors and spend a few hours bonding with family in the fresh air? Spend the day playing a few old school games (no screens needed) and get a little friendly rivalry going. And, who knows? You could be the proud winner of bragging rights for years to come.
To see our top Easter games, click here.
Seeing as how we'll all be stuck at home this Easter and can't go out exploring the gems of our lovely city, why not create an adventure for the little ones? Send your kids on their very own treasure hunt around the garden or house. You can do this by simply hiding a few eggs around the house or you could design a treasure map and give them clues to decipher in order to find their prize. Either way, the kids are sure to have an Easter they'll never forget.
To get an Easter scavenger hunt printable, click here.
There are few things as enticing to little kids (and most adults) as a piñata. So, if you're not in the mood to go through all the effort of designing a treasure hunt, why not do something a little different this year? Get the kids to make their very own piñata out of newspaper, a balloon and tissue paper. Once the piñata is made and decorated, fill it with a range of Easter eggs, hang it and then have a blast trying to tear it apart, all in the name of fun.
To see how to make your own Easter piñata, click here.
Egg decorating is a huge part of the culture in Eastern European countries and we can see why. This is a fun way to get creative and spend a little extra time bonding with the family. If you're looking for an easy way to decorate your own eggs, you can get a pack of eggs with decorating markers at Clicks. But if you'd like to embrace the tradition of dyeing your own eggs, you'll need some hard boiled eggs, food colouring and vinegar.
To find out how to dye your own Easter eggs, click here.