So in the blink of an eye and click of a finger Easter is upon us. Already. It seriously feels like last week we were wrapping Christmas presents and tracking Santa on the radar. Now, all of a sudden, we are preparing to play Easter Bunny and working out how to deal with the sugar high. Does it ever stop!
This got me thinking, what activities can I do with the kids that will be fun, not annoy me too much and keep them entertained. Bearing in mind that shops and most fun places are closed for 2 of the 4 days, we need activities that can be done at home. Simple, engaging Easter themed activities that you can do over the course of the weekend.
So, welcome to our 4 day Easter activity guide to help you get through the Easter weekend.
Good Friday is probably the hardest day to keep the kids entertained. Most places are closed and TV viewing is also a little lacking. I do keep a keen interest in the Good Friday Appeal however as it is such a great cause, but the kids not so much.DAY 1: Good Friday
Decorating eggs is a super fun activity for the kids and you will most likely have all the ingredients at your fingertips. They get a kick out of seeing their creations come to life, but also learn the effects of dyeing and how the dyeing process works.
Simply boil fresh eggs so they are nice and hard. (Note: You can blow out the eggs to leave only the shell if you want to keep them for a long time, but the boiling method is much easier and the eggs will certainly last through Easter). Set them aside to cool and then get your kids to draw on them with crayon to make a pattern or face. Place the eggs in coloured dye and see the transformation. Let them dry and you have your own Easter egg display that won’t send the kids around the bend.
You can’t collect eggs without a basket to put them in and it is surprisingly easy to make one! All you need is:
A piece of decorative cardboard (6 inch squared should be enough, but any size along as it is square will work - the bigger the better!). You could also use felt if you're feeling really creative!
Tape or glue to hold your basket together.
If you’re house is anything like mine, there is a collection of odd socks hanging around somewhere having a good old party in my absence. It is honestly one of the biggest mysteries in life as to where those socks actually go. Anyway, this is a good way to use a couple of those odd socks. All you will need is:
A sock - Dad’s socks usually work best as they are a little bigger.
Rice, cotton filling or cotton wool for the filling
2 rubber bands
White felt for the tummy and teeth
Pink button for the nose
2 googly eyes. (You can use white felt for the eyes and use a black texta to mark the pupils)
GlueWhat to do:
The one thing with Easter Eggs is the bits of foil that come along with them. You end up finding foil wrappers around for weeks after Easter has been and gone. Encourage the kids to keep their foil wrappers in a safe place and reuse them in an art piece. Simply glue the wrappers onto a piece of card and let your kids imagination run wild with pictures and colourful patterns. Save the environment and your sanity!
Do you have any Easter activities to share with us? We’d love to hear about your craft activities and how you pass the Easter weekend with the kids.