Looking for inspiration of things to do with the kids over Easter? We’re already half way through the Easter holidays here, though I know many kids have only just started the holidays. I feel like we’ve done all the Easter crafts already and I’ve realised that we’ve embraced the same things to do during the holiday ever the past 5 years! Though there’s a few more Easter ideas I’d like to add to our list too. Here’s a round up our Easter activities and some from other bloggers too.
GARDEN EASTER EGG HUNT
The biggie for us, we’ve done a hunt in the garden since my eldest was 18 months old. Check out Lucy from Real Mum Reviews‘ ’10 Tips for the Perfect Easter Egg Hunt” and I loved reading about the plot twist for Claire’s family hunt over at Big Family, Big Fun where their elf steals the eggs and the kids have to find them!
MAKE AN EASTER BONNET
To wear on the hunt, we make Easter hats or decorate hair bands. You can buy a simple hat from a pound store then let the kids run wild with craft supplies as suggested by Sarah from Boo Roo and Tigger Too!
DECORATE AN EASTER BASKET
Another hunt accessory. We have wicker basket (these actually came as flower arrangement gifts when the girls were born) and the girls tie ribbons on them or decorate with paper flowers. You could add stickers or colour in a bought cardboard basket too to fill some time during the holidays.
You can’t beat chocolate nest cakes filled with mini eggs and these are easy enough for small children to get involved. Super quick and ready to make before lunch and have afterwards. Just melt a large bar of chocolate in a bowl over a pan of water, add two dessert spoonfuls of butter and one of syrup then add enough cereal (shredded wheat, cornflakes or puffed rice) so that all the melted chocolate mixture coats the cereal. Put a dessert spoonful of mixture into cake cases and add a couple of mini eggs to the nest. Pop into the fridge for 20 minutes or longer to cool. These also make a great Easter playdate activity!
EASTER TODDLER PLAY
AN EASTER DAY OUT
As well as doing a hunt at home, I love taking part in Easter festivities elsewhere, hopefully in gorgeous sunshine! Last year we went to Capel Manor Gardens, the year before to Willow’s Farm and this year we’re off to Forty Hall. Laura from Five Little Doves and her family love visiting Brockholes in Lancashire for their Easter activities and I loved reading about Jen from My Mummy’s Pennies’ Easter trip to Dunham Massey in Cheshire.
Get the kids involved in making an Easter breakfast over the holidays. Lay the table with spring flowers and have boiled eggs, hot cross buns and perhaps even a bit of chocolate – Sophie from Mama Mei has chocolate for breakfast on Easter Sunday (and I’m sure quite a few others do too!).
You can get polystyrene eggs to decorate making this a pretty easy activity! Let your kids paint them in patterns or make characters with them look at this comic book character, The Flash, made by 7 year old Ben over at My Mummy’s Pennies. Or for a more natural approach, an old fashioned idea suggested by Hannah at Hi Baby Blog is to use the bright yellow gorse (or furze) plant to dye hard boiled eggs! There’s more about using gorse as food dye on the RSPB website.
CRESS HAIR EGGS
I remember doing this as a pre-schooler! Draw a face on an egg shell, fill it with damp cotton wool and sprinkle on cress seeds. They start to grow within just a couple of days!
Grab some branches – with blossom on if you can find them. Put them in a jug or pot and use them to hang Easter decorations on. Or let the kids decorate them with fluffy chicks and stickers. I did a mixture of both this year!
What are your Easter traditions? I’d love to hear about them in the comments below!