For many families, Easter is going to be very different this year. Many of the traditional activities people enjoy are on hold such as big brunches, church services and Easter egg hunts in the park, but that’s okay. There are still plenty of ways to have an enjoyable Easter with kids even when you’re stuck at home. Although social gatherings are out, you can still retain the festive nature of Easter with these 5 fun ideas to celebrate Easter at home for kids!
- Easter egg hunt at home. Whether your home is large or small, there are always nooks to hide eggs in! Dyeing Easter eggs is a fun pre-Easter activity that kids and adults of all ages enjoy. Don’t have the traditional dye kit? You can make your own Easter egg dye from natural colorants such as herbal teas like hibiscus or green tea, juices like cranberry or grape and colorful spices like turmeric or paprika. Or stick to plain old food coloring. Dyeing not your thing? Decoupage or paint your eggs.
- Easter crafts! You can make all sorts of Easter crafts with items around the house. Make bunny bookmarks, handmade Easter cards, an Easter crown, papercraft carrots, Easter paintings; anything you can think up. Crafts are a fun way to keep kids engaged after the Easter egg hunt excitement has worn off.
- Get physical. When your little one is ready to burn off those chocolate bunnies and jellybeans, it’s time to move! Hold an Easter dance party (learn the Bunny Hop!), or try a bunny-shaped, chalk hopscotch game. Set up an incline and roll eggs. Toddlers love rolling things and then running to pick them up to try again. Maybe a family relay race will be your new Easter tradition!
- Cook together. Making a big meal is a cherished part of many holidays and Easter is no exception. This year involve the kids in cooking and get them started with skills and knowledge that will benefit them their whole lives. Even young kids can help wash vegetables, spoon ingredients, tear lettuce, sprinkle and even stir room temperature ingredients. As they get older, help your child master cutting soft ingredients, kneading and weighing.
- Dress up for your main meal. Part of a holiday dinner is getting dressed in your fancy clothes. Little kids love dressing up and taking part in “grown-up” activities. Put on your best Easter outfits before you sit down to enjoy your meal. Or have fun with it and make your best impromptu bunny costumes! Don’t forget a fancy Easter hat!