19 Easter Activities and Crafts for the Whole Family
Hey peeps! As we enter into Holy Week you may be looking for some fun Easter activities to enjoy with your family. While almost everyone's Easter traditions involve the obvious egg hunt, we have some eggcellent Easter fun that the whole family can enjoy! Check out this mix of indoor and outdoor games and activities for kids of all ages to include in your Easter celebration!
Fun Indoor Easter Activities
1. Jelly Bean Guessing Games
Here's an easy indoor game for all ages! Simply fill a jar with jelly beans and ask each family member to guess how many candies there are. The winner (the closest without going over) takes all! Another jelly bean-themed game involves asking players to guess the correct flavor of fancy jelly beans they taste.
2. Easter Egg Charades
Another way to get the whole family involved is to engage in a game of charades. Put the prompts in Easter eggs and have each person act out the word or phrase. Just remember to keep it simple for the preschool-age participants. Bunny, duckling, carrots, chick, prayer, and Easter egg hunt are just a few of the words and phrases that you can act out!
3. Easter Bingo
Who doesn't love a game of bingo? There are tons of free printable Easter bingo cards that you can find online and players can use some delicious jelly beans and other sweet Easter goodies to mark the squares that they get throughout the game. Finally, have an array of prizes that young children, older kids, and adults will all appreciate!
Fun Outdoor Easter Activities
4. Egg and Spoon Race
This good old-fashioned outdoor game is the perfect way to get the whole family involved! Egg and spoon races date back to the late 1800s. All you need are eggs (hard-boiled are the least messy) and metal or wooden spoons for each participant. Race individually or relay-style.
5. Easter Bunny Corn Hole
This classic outdoor game has been around since the 14th century! Why not make it eggs-tra special this year and make the corn hole boards shaped like a bunny? Grab some cardboard, markers, and scissors to create a DIY hungry bunny for your game of bean bag toss! Cutouts can be located where his mouth and tummy are to ensure that he gets his fill this holiday too.
6. Plant Flowers
Easter symbolizes rebirth, so what better day to plant some tulips and daffodils with your budding gardener? Fall is technically the season to plant bulbs in most regions, but you can plant them indoors any time of year, or buy flowers already in bloom and transplant them outdoors on Easter.
Delicious Easter Recipes and Food Activities
7. Build Peep Houses
Peeps are adorable marshmallow snacks that make their way into Easter baskets every year. Once opened, they need a place to go! Grab some graham crackers, frosting, jelly beans, and leftover Easter candy to build your chicks and bunnies a little home. Just like gingerbread houses, this seemingly simple activity is a great way to let the creative juices flow and enjoy some sweet treats throughout the process.
8. Make Chocolate Fondue
Encourage your kids to share their Easter loot with Mom and Dad! Melt down that giant chocolate bunny and dip those marshmallow chicks into a bubbling bowl of fondue. (Hint: This will also get your kids to consume some fruit on this sugary-sweet holiday.)
9. Create Pastel Deviled Eggs
This traditional Easter brunch menu item is always better with a burst of color! The recipe will remain the same, but once boiled and peeled, let the egg white halves soak in a mixture of water, food coloring, and white vinegar. (Don't worry, the vinegar flavor will not stick around!) Once you have reached the desired color, remove the now pastel-colored eggs and place them on paper towels to drain and dry. Then, add the filling like normal!
10. Make Brunch or Easter Dinner Together
Involve your kids in the kitchen by letting them make meal or dessert items for your Easter feast. Keep things really easy and buy biscuits or buns at your local bakery for your family to make into strawberry shortcakes (by adding sliced berries and whipped cream) or hot cross buns (by marking with a cross in frosting) — two traditional favorites on Easter.
Easter Crafts For Preschoolers
Akin to a snow globe, this is an easy Easter craft that your kids will love to display long after the holiday is over! Head to your nearest craft store and pick up plastic sealable jars, glue, waterproof Springtime trinkets, and some colorful glitter.
Then, with supervision, help your toddler to adhere their chosen figurines to the inside of the lid, making sure that you can fit them through the mouth of the jar. Once dry, have them fill the jar up with water and add in their glitter. Finally, apply glue over the thread of the jar (the grooves along the outer band of the mouth of the jar) and seal the lid on top. Allow time to dry and then they will be ready to let glitter rain all over their Spring scene!
12. Create Handprint & Footprint Art
Every parent loves a keepsake item and Easter is a fantastic time for your little bunny to make something for you to cherish forever! Print out a large image of a bunny or have their hand draw one themselves. Just make sure that the ears are big enough to fit their feet!
Then, with a roller and some skin-safe paint, have them stamp their feet within the ears. Another alternative is to leave the ears out of the drawing and have their hands printed in their place. This adorable Easter decor can be pulled out every year to help spruce up your holiday spread! Take a look at all of our cute Easter craft ideas that will keep your little kids hoppy.
13. Decorate An Easter Egg Tree
Here's the perfect activity for kids experiencing Christmas tree withdrawal! Decorate a tree (indoors or outside, depending on the weather) with plastic Easter eggs and any other spring decor (such as pastel ribbons or tissue paper flowers) for your holiday guests to admire.
14. Read Easter and Spring Children's Books
Gather the kids and curl up with a good book, especially if Easter falls on a rainy day this year. Use our Book Finder tool to stock up on great children's books about Easter, bunnies, and spring.
Easter Activities For Older Kids
15. Easter Egg Hunt
While the little kids hunt for candy and toys on Easter morning, plan a similar Easter egg hunt for the older kids when the sun goes down! Glow in the dark eggs can be stuffed with small sums of money, beauty products, headphones, jerky, and other small prizes that they will enjoy. Assign each tween and teen a color of egg to search for so that you can tailor the goodies to appeal to each of your children.
16. Make A Springtime Wreath
Easter crafts don't have to just be for kids! Head to your local craft store and grab a basic wreath frame or styrofoam ring along with your preferred decor. This can range from faux floral pieces, eggs, pom poms, ribbon, or anything else your teens see fit. This DIY craft is quite easy to complete, but there are lots of online tutorials to walk you through the steps as well.
17. Create A Homemade Easter Basket
This unique centerpiece is an easy Easter craft that only requires yarn, glue, water, and an inflated balloon! Simply combine glue and water in a disposable bowl. Coat the yarn in the mixture and then wrap it around the balloon. Let it dry overnight.
Then, pop the balloon and remove the deflated pieces from the hardened yarn. Finally, press the top of your egg-shaped figurine inward to create your basket! This is a perfect place to keep Easter treats on the brunch table!
Other Easter Traditions
18. Give A Gift Basket
Teach kids to perform a random act of kindness this Easter and put together a gift basket for an elderly relative or neighbor. Get creative with the contents to make this a more fun and meaningful activity. For example, have the kids fill plastic Easter eggs with nice notes that say things like, "You're egg-cellent!" and "Sweetest neighbor ever."
19. Go To Church
Last, but certainly not least, observe the origins of the holiday by attending services at your family's church. Easter Sunday is by far the busiest for church attendance, so arrive early with activities to keep your kids engaged, such as Easter-themed coloring pages, stickers, and a fresh pack of crayons (psst — perhaps the Easter bunny might bring some?!).
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