After a long and cold winter, one of the first celebrations of Spring is Easter. It is something to look forward to, that keeps me trucking through the bitter cold February days! The tulips are poking through, Easter candy is everywhere, and we are all prepping and planning delicious dinners to enjoy. I’m sure you know about the egg hunts, and sightings of the Easter Bunny, but sometimes it’s nice to slow down and enjoy time together at home. My family loves celebrating Easter at home.
At Home Easter Activities
From crafting, to baking, and egg hunting, there is so much fun to be had during this holiday! Check out these fun things to do at home during the Easter Season
Backyard Easter Egg Hunt
If you have a backyard, or a field available, you can easily set up your own Easter egg hunt! Give each member of the family their own color egg, and create memories with a DIY Easter egg hunt! You could even elevate your hunt, by adding a special egg, that can be traded in for a prize! My kids are obsessed with collecting change for their piggy banks right now, you can even add in a simple math lesson for some e-learning fun!
Get Easter Delivered
Kiln Creations is delivering Easter fun and including a special call from Belle! For just $50, your little painter gets 4 ceramic eggs and paint, a hallow egg filled with foiled candies, and a call from the Belle. Two Easter crafters are just $80. Thank you Good’s Candy Shop and Once Upon a Princess LLC for this unique opportunity! Order from the link by Thursday to guarantee you’ll receive your pack in time!
Stream Easter Service
If you are religious, and typically celebrate Easter with a church service, you will find that many churches are live streaming their services. You can check your typical church for information, or if you are looking for a local church to stream, College Park is offering live streaming every Sunday during the Coronavirus Closures.
Video Chat with the Easter Bunny
Big Bounce Fun House Rentals are offering video chats with the Easter Bunny! For $6.99, you can have a personal video chat on either Zoom or Facetime! Follow the link to select the date that works best for you.
Easter Cake Kit
A Slice Of Heaven Cakery in Lapel is offering an Easter Cake Decorating Kit! For $10, the kit includes 1 vanilla bunny shaped cake, 3 vanilla egg shaped cakes, 3 bags of pastel colored icing, 1 container of sprinkles, and step by step instructions for making your own bunny! Kits are available for carryout starting April 5- Friday, April 10.
Send Easter Cards
Who doesn’t love to get mail? Brighten someone’s day, by making Easter cards, and sending them to your friends and family! It’s a great way to get creative, and an opportunity to work on your child’s writing skills! See, you are rocking this e-learning gig!
Dye Easter Eggs
The classic Easter tradition of dying eggs can continue while social distancing! You could add glitter to your dye for some extra fun, or even add some white crayon drawings before you dye them, to create unique designs!
Don’t have an egg coloring kit? No problem! All you need is 1/2 a cup of boiling water, 10-20 drops of food coloring and a teaspoon of vinegar! You can also use kool-aid packets for coloring Easter Eggs, just add water. If you really want to get fancy, order the EggMazing Easter Egg Decorator on Amazon or grab one during your essential food shopping.
Make Easter Treats
Who doesn’t love homemade treats? Start a new tradition of baking, and try out a new baking recipe! Resurrection rolls, Egg in a nest, or even Easter Bunny shaped cookies to ice and decorate as you wish. There is so much to learn in the kitchen, and social distancing is the perfect time to create memories in the kitchen with your kiddos.
I know so many families have the tradition of celebrating Easter with a big meal shared with loved ones. A fun spin off to try this year, is making your own dinners, and eating together via Zoom! Zoom is free to use, and allows for multiple people to join in at once, which is perfect for all your extending family gatherings this Easter. We even have some ideas for games to play and activities for your video calls.
April can be a tricky time for outdoor planting in Indiana, so start your plants indoors! Find your favorite window sill, and have your children help you start your gardens inside. This is a great opportunity to learn while your spend time together, and when the weather is consistently warm, you have another family activity to move all of your plants to the garden.
Easter Family Photos
It might seem weird to get all dressed up for your socially distant Easter, but it’s the perfect opportunity for family photos! The porch family pictures are so fun, and gives you an excuse to pull out those Easter outfits, and put them to good use.
Create A New Tradition
This time of isolation has created so many changes in our daily lives, but we can also use this opportunity to create a new tradition for years to come. Flying a kite (there are a whole bunch of great places to fly a kite in Indy), bicycle races, and coloring contests are just a few fun spins you could put on your day. My kids love flying kites, and it’s something we don’t do often, which is the perfect excuse to include it on Easter for some family fun.
A growing trend has been writing encouraging messages and drawing on the sidewalk! This week, spend some time outside decorating your sidewalk for Easter. You could use puffy paint, sidewalk chalk, or even washable finger paints. Get creative and maybe even a little messy with this activity.
Deliver an Easter Basket to a Neighbor
It is better to give than to receive! Work with your kids on putting together a basket for a neighbor. This is a great way to involve your kids in giving to others, and spend time together as a family doing it.
Easter Themed Scavenger Hunt
Put together a list of items for the kids to hunt down and find, or use a printable online if you prefer. Think carrots, flowers, birds’ nests, and other Easter themed items that you can find outside. This is a fun way to get out the wiggles and get outside this Easter.
Bunny Hop Race
This is a classic game that your kids will love! You can use a potato sack, pillow case, or anything your kids can get their legs in and hold onto. Set up a “track” in the yard, and have a bunny hop race. Hop in the sack, and whoever gets to the finish line first is the winner!
Make Homemade Bunny Ears
Crafting is a great way to spend time together this Easter. Bunny Ears are a simple yet fun craft to make with your kids. They would be perfect accessories for the Bunny Hop Race.
Read The Easter Story
The story of Easter is important to my family, as we are Christians and this holiday is very important to us. Even if you are not religious, learning about the traditions of others is a great opportunity to teach your children about other cultures and beliefs.
Do a Random Act Of Kindness
Does your neighbor need help with their yard, or is a family going through a hard time and could use a meal? What a great opportunity to involve your kids in blessing someone else. Your act of kindness will surely brighten someone’s day!
Video Chat with Family
One thing Covid has taught us, is the ability to stay connected through technology. Invite family near and far over for Easter Dinner via video chat. It’s fun to connect with family you wouldn’t otherwise get to see in this way.
Make an Easter Brunch at Home
Easter Brunch is my absolute favorite! Waffles, Bacon, Egg, and delicious beverages and pastries. Why not make brunch at home as a family? You will love it even more, knowing that you did it together.
Easter in Indiana, is right around the time where the weather starts easing up, and we are finally welcoming spring after a cold winter. What a better way to celebrate, than to get outside and enjoy the weather as a family. A family walk is one of my favorite things to do after family dinner.
Spring is right around the corner, which means sunshine is coming to stay! I love to put suncatchers in my children’s Easter baskets, and then paint them together to hang in the window to welcome Spring.
This activity is for the little kids, or any child at heart. We love to play bubbles together. A Bubble machine, giant rope bubbles, and bubble guns are a few fun variations to try, from the typical bubble wand. This is also another thing that’s inexpensive to put into your child’s Easter Basket!
Learn About Easter Traditions
You might be surprised to find that countries around the world celebrate Easter very differently. This is a great learning opportunity, to see what other people groups and cultures do to celebrate alongside your family all around the world!
Make an Easter Egg Tree
This tradition originated in Europe, but has become more popular in other countries throughout the years. Envision a Christmas tree full of Easter eggs, and you have an Easter Egg Tree. You can do this outside with your kids help, to decorate the yard. If you don’t have a tree, you can get creative and make one for the house!
Egg on a Spoon Race
This classic game is a great Easter activity. Put a raw egg on a spoon, place the end of the spoon in your mouth, and off you go! Who can get to the finish line first, without dropping the egg and breaking it? Remember, you can’t use your hands! For little ones, you can use your boiled eggs from egg decorating, for a little less mess.
“Egg” the Neighbors
You’ve been Egged! This is a fun Easter tradition, to spread fun and cheer throughout the neighborhood. Our neighbor did this to us last year, and it made their day! Hide a few plastic eggs in your neighbors yard, and you can put a variety of items in them, such as small candy, coins, and stickers. Leave a note on their porch that says they’ve been “Egged” so they know to go hunt for them.
Easter Themed Dance Party
You might be surprised at how many Easter themed children songs there are online! I’m talking dozens of cute little songs about Easter. Throw together a play list, and get your hop on, with a Easter style dance party!
Jelly Bean Guessing Game
We always have leftover jelly beans from our Easter egg baskets. Use the bag of beans for some family fun! You can put them all into a jar, and everyone puts in their guess for how many there are. Whoever is closest gets a prize! Or, blind taste test the flavors, and try to guess which one you have. You can even get the wacky flavor jelly beans, for a flavor twist on this fun Easter candy.
With a little creativity, Easter can be even more memorable and fun! Which Easter activity will you try this season?