After the blissful but all-too-short period of Christmas and New Year, the most fun time for children to look forward to is welcoming the return of spring by celebrating Easter.
My kids love Easter and it is a particularly special time of the year in our house, since my son was born on Easter day. He popped out into the world just 28 minutes after I’d arrived at the hospital.
By far the best Easter ever, and one I will remember for the rest of my life.
My husband and I also get quite a kick out of stuffing plastic eggs with little treats and small gifts and hiding them. We learned the hard way to count the eggs before hiding them – once we even found some leftover hidden easter eggs while decorating for Halloween. One thing to remember is to not get too creative when you hide the eggs.
To celebrate an exciting Easter day with your kids, here are a few free printables of Easter coloring sheets and a bunny mask to help you fill the day with extra fun activities.
Along with the free printables, here are some ideas for exciting Easter day games and activities.
8 Fun Easter Activity Ideas
Easter Egg Hunting tips
Finding Easter eggs is one of the highlights of Easter day for children. If your kids are young, you can give them hints by adding bunny footprints leading towards where the eggs are hidden. If you have older children, you can create a more challenging, scavenger hunt type of activity, to make finding the eggs more difficult.
Bunny hop tag
Children wear masks and hop around like bunnies to tag each other.
Easter egg spoon race
Kids put an egg on their spoon and carefully race to the finish line to see who wins. You can use plastic eggs or hard-boiled – if you use raw eggs it can be messy, but for older kids, it could also raise the stakes for more of a thrill.
Marble egg coloring
If you want to do calming and beautiful crafting with eggs, you could try making marble eggs with your kids.
eggs (I blew my eggs out first – see instructions below)
vegetable or olive oil
a cooling rack
a spoon or fork
Instructions – Part I: Dye the Eggs a Solid Color
Mix 1 cup of very hot water with a few drops of food colouring and 1 tsp of vinegar.
Submerge an egg into the coloured water.
Hold it a few minutes in the water.
Take it out of the water and dry it.
Part II : Marbling the Egg
Pick a darker color than your solid color
Mix a generous dose of colour in a small bowl with a half cup or so of water
Add a few drops of olive oil (or any cooking oil) and gently stir
Roll your dyed egg in the darker color & allow it to dry
If your Easter comes with rain (or snow!), you might consider baking some yummy Easter-themed butter cookies with your kids and letting them help you to decorate. Have a cozy relaxing time with Easter cookies and reading storybooks related to the day.
Easter water balloon eggs – target the bunny!
If you are lucky to get a warm Easter (unlike here in eastern Canada), you could take advantage of outdoor activities like water balloon Bunny hunting. Kids love to get a chance to torment adults in a game, so you might have to be the poor bunny who gets to dodge the water balloons targeting you.
Don’t let the giant bunny crack the eggs
Before they’ve eaten all of their chocolate eggs, let your children place eggs on you as you lay on the floor, pretending to sleep, stirring a little to tease them as they find the best way to place eggs to prevent them from rolling off.
Face painting time
If your children love face painting, get creative and turn them into things they request. Not all kids like face painting. One of mine cannot stand it, but loves turning me into a zombie. If you have a child who isn’t into getting their face painted, let them have fun turning you into something terrifying to look at in the mirror!
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