It’s the Easter holidays! Two weeks off school is fantastic, but after the first few days, are you stuck for ideas for Easter activities? Not to worry, as we have compiled the Mykidstime.ie 50 Easter Activities for Kids, to keep the little ones from under your feet and the bigger ones from climbing the walls!
1. Make an Easter wreath
Glue some painted plastic eggs to a fake fir wire wreath. Then, situate some stuffed bunnies so that they appear to be sitting facing each other at the bottom of the wreath. Glue them into place as well and hang the holiday decoration on your front door.
2. Hold an Easter egg hunt at home
Whether it’s indoors or outdoors, a treasure egg hunt or hunting by names, this will surely bring out the laughter in your house and give you a glimpse of the competitive side of your kids. Follow our simple egg hunt ideas or invent a hunt of your own and you could try decorating your easter eggs using this melted crayon craft
3. Make Easter cookies
Bake some cookies together and decorate them with Easter themes using brightly coloured icing sugar.
Related : Here’s 5 Easter Recipes you’ll love, including some recipes for using up surplus chocolate!
4. Make Chocolate nests
Add 100g of butter, 1 tbsp cocoa powder, 50g milk chocolate buttons and 75g of golden syrup in a bowl. Microwave on high for 1.5mins and mix together. Crumble 4 Shredded Wheat over the bowl and mix with rest of ingredients. Place a generous spoonful in each of 12 bun case (the nests). Press the centre of each nest down slightly to form a dip and place 3 chocolate mini eggs in each dip. Chill for 30mins.
5. Create an Easter egg mosaic
An Easter egg mosaic is the perfect activity to engage your toddler, will have them in sticky finger heaven!
Related : 8 Fun Easter Crafts for Kids
6. Hold an Egg Race
Let all the race participant decorate their own hard boiled egg with paint, glitter etc. Then hand them all a soup spoon and let them race off on the predetermined course. The winner will be the one who reaches the finish line first without dropping their egg.
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7. Bunny, Bunny, RABBIT!
If your kids have plenty of energy to burn, this is the game for them! As you’ve probably guessed, this is an Easter variation on the classic duck, duck, GOOSE game. Here’s how to play:
- Sit the kids down in a circle;
- Select one child to be “it”;
- The “it” child walks around the outside of the circle patting each player on the head and saying “bunny” until they want to say “RABBIT”;
- Both the “it” child and the RABBIT must hop around the circle trying to reach the vacant spot;
- Whoever doesn’t make it to the spot in time is then “it”.
8. Egg Toss
You will need plastic Easter eggs and a basket. Using colourful adhesive tape, draw a line on the floor. Children must stand behind this line. Draw another line a short distance away and deposit the basket near this line. Give each child five eggs. Children take turns throwing their eggs towards the basket. The child who successfully throws the most eggs in the basket wins.
9. Make a Cheeky Chick Pop Up Card
Some colouring pencils or crayons, paper and a scissors are just about all you need to make these cute cards. Let your young kids send them to their grandparents and loved ones. These cheeky chick pop up cards will take pride of place on top of any mantelpiece!
10. Go to a Pet Farm
This is the perfect time of year to visit a pet farm. After the long winter, the kids will love to run around the farm, taking in all the delights of spring. Feed a bottle to a baby lamb or cup a baby chick in your hand.
11. Get Colouring
12. Read some classics
The Tale of Benjamin Bunny, the Tale of Mr. Tod, The Tale of Peter Rabbit and the Tale of the Flopsie Bunnies are lovely stories to read with your children during this time. Borrow them from your local library or purchase these classics for your own library at home-they are sure to be well thumbed!
Find contact details for your local library here.
13. Make an Easter Pinata
This is so cute and although it may look difficult to make it’s not if you follow our simple steps. The hardest part will be resisting the urge to eat some of the sweets you fill this Easter Pinata with!
#14. Watch some Easter Movies together
The Mykidstime Team have chosen 6 of the best Easter Movies for Kids.
#15. Tell some Easter Jokes
Tell some old Easter jokes such as “What do you get if you pour hot water down a rabbit hole? Hot cross bunnies!” and then make up your own. Who’s the funny bunny in your family?!
#16. Go Cycling
Pop on your helmets and hop on your bikes and cycle one of your favourite routes. Keep an eye out in case the Easter Bunny is about!
#17. Make an Easter garland
Use Easter egg cut outs, and let your kids paint and colour one each day in the countdown to Easter.
#18. Enjoy some Games together
Play board games or cards together.
#19. Make Finger Print Bunnies
Messy but lots of fun, use your thumb print, dipped in paint for the head, and your other finger prints to form the rest of the body. Make a bunny family keepsake.
#20. Go Bowling
Visit your local bowling alley and don some goofy shoes. Then compete against your kids to become king or queen of the bowling alley!
#21. Attend an Easter Parade
A fun day out for all the family will be had attending an Easter parade. If there is not one near you, you could always host your own in your neighbourhood.
#22. Create an Easter Play
#23. Go Horse Riding
There’s nothing like a few hours fun horse riding in the country. Great for the mind as well as the body.
#24. Host a Teddy Bear’s Picnic
Hopefully the weather will permit you to have this picnic outside, but failing that have it on the kitchen floor instead.
#25. Head to the Zoo
A trip to the zoo is always a great day out but at Easter time it will be eggstra-special, and there are usually lots of Easter activities for kids!
#26. Make Cards and Gifts for Teachers
Teachers will embrace the holidays just as much as their students. Have your child make them a card or a thank you note to show their hard work is appreciated.
#27. Go on a Scavenger Hunt
A much loved activity in my house, scavanger hunts are great fun! Let the theme be Easter and off you go! If you haven’t been on one before, we have some ideas here.
#28. Fly a Kite
Sometimes the old ideas are the best as is the case with kite flying. It is also very relaxing. There is bound to be a windy day over the Easter holidays, so have your kite at the ready.
#29. Play Bunny Tag
Kids get a ton of exercise when they play bunny tag. Pick one child to be the dog chasing the other kids, who are the bunnies. The bunnies hop away from the fast-walking dog. If they are caught, they crouch down and use their arms to make bunny ears atop their head until the game is finished. The last bunny caught becomes the dog during the next round.
#30. Make an Easter Chocolate Cake
This Easter Chocolate cake is both easy to make and tastes fantastic too!!
Kids love baking and this recipe is easy enough for them to follow with just a little help from Mum or Dad. The perfect dessert to accompany your Easter dinner!
#31. Easter Egg Balance
#32. Make an Easter newsletter
For your friends and family abroad, why not create a short newsletter that can be printed and included in your Easter cards to update them on your family’s news.
#33. Take a trip to the woods
Easter is a lovely time to take a trip to the woods, and enjoy the new growth of Spring. With walks, orienteering trails and bike routes, the time will be sure to fly by! Just don’t forget to bring a picnic.
#34. Make Egg Shakers
Get some plastic eggs and open them up. Decide what you want to put inside your shaker- rice, beans, lentils are good choices. Fill the bottom part of the egg almost to the rim, then glue the two egg halves together. Why not make a variety of egg shakers, each with different sounds
#35 Go to the Playground.
Head to one of the best resources for kids every town/city has to offer- the playground! Why not bring a picnic with you too and throw in an Easter egg to share to boost energy levels after all that swinging, sliding, running, jumping, skipping! Whoa! Now I need a rest thinking about it!!
#36. Laser grid
All you need for this ingenious activity is some string or wool (preferably red), sticky tape, and a hallway. You need to create a grid using the string/wool that the kids will then attemp to pass through without touching the string or “laser”. Anyone who does touch the laser has to return to the start line again.
You can begin with an easy grid and increase the level of difficulty with age and ability. It will occupy them for hours! And you may want to have a go yourself!
#37. Make a Photo Album
Browse through your digital camera and print off your favourite family photos. Then let the kids arrange them in a photo album.
#38. Skim some Stones
Apparently skimming stones is a skill! But if you can find a small rounded, flat stone you should manage to skim it enough to impress your little ones.
#39. Go Swimming
Create your own waves in the pool and lap up the freedom the water brings. Better still head to a waterpark if there is one near you. Splashing, slides and lots of smiles!
#40. Pin the Tail on the Bunny
Print an Easter bunny on cardboard with the tail area visible. Then cut off the tail area. Each player must cut out a circle from white card and glue some cotton wool to it. Stick some blue-tack to the back of each tail and write each players name on their tail. Each player is to be blind folded before they take their turn of attempting to pin the tail on the bunny.
#41. Plant some flowers
Gather any old welly boots your children have outgrown. Poke a few drainage holes in the bottom of them and then fill them with some compost. Choose which flower seeds you would like to plant. Sunflowers are a favourite among kids as they grow very quickly and are very easy to grow.
Place them along your path or outside your front door. Your kids will love to see their old wellies bloomimg!
#42. Playdoh Time
Model figurines resembling your family out of Playdoh. Next, roll some egg shapes for Easter eggs. Then make the Easter bunny. Hide the “eggs” for your “family” to find. You can create tree shapes and a garden items to hide your eggs behind.
#43. Story Writing
Have a story writing competition. Help younger ones who may be unable to write but can still make up their own story. Let them illustrate their story with pictures.
#44. Go Camping
Weather permitting, camping is great fun and a chance to “become one with nature”. Many fond memories are created sitting around a camp fire telling jokes or scary stories and watching the stars at night
#45. Take a Day Trip
Take a day trip to a historic town or to a local attraction.
#46. Easter Masks
Make Easter masks using paper plates and paint. Make some bunny ears and stick them on too.
#47. Blow Some Bubbles
Blowing bubbles should lead to giggles! Use different blowers for a range of bubbly fun. When all the bubbles are used up, why not try making your own using washing-up liquid, sugar and water.
#48. Go Grocery Shopping
Write a list of groceries you will need during the Easter holidays. As you add them to your trolley in the supermarket, let the kids cross them off the list and help find the next item.
#49. Play Let’s Pretend
Reverse the roles and let the kids pretend to be the grown ups and the parents be the dependants. Be sure to let them make lunch for fussy eaters and referee an argument!
#50. Have Fun!!
Holidays should be all about having fun so what are you waiting for??!!
All these ideas will hopefully have given you some more ideas of your own. Let us know the fun things you did with your kids by leaving a comment in the box below.