From egg hunts and chocolate overload to delicious Easter baking, Easter weekend is one of the best times to be a kid! These fun Easter traditions will make your family time together even more memorable, so make sure to take plenty of photos of those chocolate-covered faces!
In our house, we are all about tradition, and each year we seem to add more to the list!
We got ice cream one Easter Saturday when it was sunny – now we always get ice cream on Easter Saturday, whatever the weather! That time I accidentally made an oval-shaped pancake and called it an Easter egg pancake so my toddler wouldn’t freak out – you guessed it, they are now an obligatory part of the Easter weekend menu!
While some of our crazy family ‘traditions’ may seem silly to others, they mean the world my daughter. She remembers them all, talks about them excitedly in the weeks and months leading up to holidays, and lights up as soon as that particular activity or event happens. And isn’t that what it’s all about? Creating memories that we can all cherish, that our kids will look back on fondly for years to come, and perhaps even recreate with their own children?
If you’re looking for some fun family-friendly Easter weekend traditions to start with your kids, take a look below at some of our favourites – and have fun!
Have Some Fun with These Easter Traditions
Paint Some Eggs
Take a break from the chocolate egg-stravaganza and instead opt for some of these Easter egg decorating ideas to keep little hands busy.
Take your pick from egg blowing, hard boiling, natural dyes, papier mache and lots more egg-citing ideas!
Leave a Note for the Easter Bunny
My daughter loves to leave a drawing or Easter card for the Easter Bunny, with a treat like a cookie, carrot or (if she’s feeling generous!) a little chocolate egg.
Make an Easter Tree
One of our favourite traditions is to create an Easter tree. We use long twigs and thin branches we find on walks and put them into a tall vase, but you could use an existing house plant if you prefer.
You can paint the branches, hang your newly painted eggs from colourful ribbons, or draw and cut out little hand-drawn eggs and Easter pictures. Make some paper flowers to stick on the branches, or add in some little crafty butterflies, bees and ladybugs.
Make Easter Baskets
Make up a fun Easter basket for the children with some non-chocolate treats to enjoy. Our Easter basket usually includes a new outfit or item of clothing to wear for Easter, a book, a jigsaw or game, toiletries, stationery, accessories, and so on.
Items reused each year to include are a bunny ears hairband and the basket for collecting eggs at the egg hunt.
We leave ours out on Easter Saturday, but in other homes perhaps the Easter Bunny leaves them on Easter Sunday morning.
Throw an Easter Egg Hunt
This is the ultimate in classic Easter activities for kids! Whether it’s indoors or outdoors, this will surely bring out the laughter in your house…and give you a glimpse at your kids’ competitive sides!
Have you ever tried a rhyming hunt, a treasure map-style hunt, or assigning everyone their own colour to find? We’re got lots of tips on how you can throw a fantastic egg hunt, complete with fun ideas for how to make the hunt a little more challenging.
Decorate the House
Get crafty and creative to bring a little seasonal decor to the house. From paper garlands and hanging up all the homemade Easter colouring and paintings, there are lots of ways to decorate simply and on a budget.
Take some inspiration from these cute Easter crafts and even learn how to make an Easter wreath.
Whip Up a Tasty Easter Brunch
Easter brunch is always a fun breakfast to have together!
Before the egg hunt begins and all the chocolate is scoffed, don your aprons and check out our creative and delicious Easter Brunch ideas – from Easter-shaped pancakes to scrambled egg Easter bunnies. Yum!
See Some Baby Animals
Nothing signifies Springtime like all the baby animals! Head to a nearby farm to see some baby chicks, lambs and bunnies – you may even get to hold or feed one!
Do Some Easter Baking
One of our absolutely favourite traditions over Easter weekend is to bake up a whole range of tasty treats!
Take your pick from cute Easter cookies the kids can make, bunny cupcakes that even the littlest chef can help to decorate, or transform your favourite cupcakes with an adorable Easter makeover. It’s all about how you decorate!
These Easter bake sale ideas are kid-approved, while these Creme Egg fudge bites are bound to be snapped up in no time!
For more traditional Easter bakes, try a fruity Simnel Cake, or one of these show-stopping easy Easter desserts where you’ll find everything from chocolate, caramel and ice cream to mousse, tarts and meringues! YUM!
…or Try Some No-Bake Easter Treats
If baking isn’t your thing, you can still enjoy plenty of Easter treats of the no-bake variety. A great example would be chocolate nests:
To 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 30 minutes before serving.
Another delicious alternative would be chocolate refrigerator cake or these no-bake caramel slice.
Watch an Easter Movie
You have a house full of chocolate and treats thanks to the Easter Bunny, so why not sit down and enjoy one of these Easter movies together?
Read an Easter Book
Hop on over for story time with these brilliant Easter books you can read together. From classics like The Tale of Peter Rabbit to modern favourites like How to Catch the Easter Bunny and That’s Not My Bunny, little ones will enjoy these seasonal tales.
Set an Easter Table
Whether you are feeding a large group or having an intimate family meal, create a festive environment that really sets the scene.
An Easter table is one of my favourites and we love to include flowers, chocolate, plenty of colour and lots of whimsy! These easy Easter table ideas are some of my favourites, and they don’t require much time, effort or equipment.
Try More Easter Activities – with a Checklist!
And if all that wasn’t enough, you can check out our full round-up of 50 Easter Activities for Kids to give you even more ideas!
We’ve even done a FREE Easter Fun Checklist so you can plan your Easter activities and get the kids involved.
Don’t forget to let us know how you get on!