Joy and excitement surrounds the Easter period and whilst, this year, we might not have access to all the consumables that usually go with this holiday period, we can still celebrate family time…and get in some Easter activities.
Aside from stuffing my face with Cadbury Mini Eggs, Creme Eggs and the incredibly moreish Cadbury Fluffies, we usually invite some family over, do a big Sunday roast and then I hide some eggs around the garden for the girls to find whilst I pass out with a food baby.
Despite it being a little different this year we’re still going to work on keeping some of our traditions alive, utilizing what we have around the house. So whether you’ve got some basic crafts on hand and have been able to pop some chocolates into your online shopping cart or you thought ahead and already have in stock, here are some easy Easter activities for you to hop with…see what I did there 😉
Easter Egg Hunt
This is the most obvious one and the activity that you get to expand on the most. If you’ve got older kids you can create a very elaborate (coz we have ALL the time now, right?) scavenger hunt with clues and maps. If you have younger kids, just the simple act of giving them a basket and telling them to find all the chocolate before you eat them can illicit enough excitement to power a small city.
Here are some ways for you to execute an Easter egg hunt:
- Hide chocolate eggs or painted eggs
In its most basic form, you could simply hide eggs around your home. If you want to incorporate a bit of learning, make sure you have specific colored eggs that you can hide and then ask your little one to find all the, for example, blue eggs. Teach them about patterns and numbers…whilst they nosh on chocolate.
- Hide clues
Create clues that lead your older kids on a full-blown hunt. Each clue must lead to the next hiding place of the following clue until eventually, your kids reach a big chocolate prize…or they get fed up and go to their rooms.
For younger ones, you can cut up bunny foot prints that lead around the house, or leave half-eaten carrots in varying hiding spots.
- Hide tasks
Need odd jobs done around the house? Hide pieces of paper with tasks written on them. Once your kids have completed a task, they can have an Easter egg.
- Make a map
Give each child a copy of a map that leads the way to the treats. This could be a map of the inside or/and the outside and you could go as in-detail as you want.
Make a face
These can be created with paper plates or A4 paper and simply involve you drawing the face of a bunny or chick or crazed parent, which you can then make into a mask. If you’re using paper plates, you can pop holes in the side and thread some string through so your kids can wear it over their faces…or you can wear it over yours to prevent people from seeing how damn tired you actually are.
Did I not say this was a list of easy activities?!
Laughing Kids Learn has a great craft idea for creating bunny faces, with ears, out of paper plates. Click here to see how.
Make your own Easter stamps
Got some empty rolls lying around because you went cray at the stores? Why not create your own stamps for painting fun – check out this post to see how.
Perhaps your pocket of potatoes has started to sprout – don’t throw them away! Cut a potato in half and cut out ridges and patterns then get your kids to dip it into paint and use it as a stamp. Check out this post for pattern ideas
Easter Coloring Printables
For some unknown reason I have an abundance of pens and crayons but my daughter happens to love coloring in so I had to find some extra resources and I found Coloring Home. They have a huge array of free printables to use, and their Easter egg designs are fab. Click this link to see what they have.
Doubling up as snacks for later (and as props for your egg hunt), a simple boiled egg is a canvas for budding artists. You can either choose to paint them or coat them in glue and then roll them in glitter.
This is a dangerously simple recipe that can be made with any cereal and any chocolate and the real trick is to not eat all the mixture before you’ve even put it in the cupcake cases.
- 3 x Cadbury 80g Dairy Milk bars
- 2 tbsp golden syrup
- 50g butter
- 75g cornflakes/rice crispies
- Cadbury mini eggs for the top OR chopped up Fluffies
Line a 12-hole fairy cake tin with paper cases.
Melt the chocolate, golden syrup and butter in a bowl set over a saucepan of gently simmering water (do not let the base of the bowl touch the water). Stir the mixture until smooth.
Remove the bowl from the heat and gently stir in the cornflakes until all of the cereal is coated in the chocolate.
Divide the mixture between the paper cases and press 3 chocolate eggs into the centre of each nest. Chill in the fridge for 1 hour, or until completely set.
I did not lie when I said these were easy suggestions! Got any great activities I could add to this, leave me a comment.
Thank you so much to Cadburys for sponsoring this post!