This is the first time I have had a guest blogger write for me. I hope you enjoy this list of 5 activities you can do with your kids this Easter. Thank you Zarah Lewis!!
Easter has always had a special place in our family’s calendar. It’s the perfect time to brainstorm our most creative ideas on how to make every moment count, and it usually ends up as a mixture of indoor and outdoor family fun activities. And who wouldn’t use this ideal opportunity to munch on chocolate, engage in loud storytelling, and take part in the local egg hunt tournament?
My kids love Easter precisely because we’ve always put so much effort into making these several days special, and because they always have a say in the organization of our family festivities. Thanks to our firmly rooted customs and traditions, we have grown even closer as a family, and we use every Easter to discover new ways to bond. Here’s my list of our absolute favourite Easter activities that will bring your family together for this wonderful holiday!
Annual Easter plays
While not all kids enjoy being in the spotlight, creating a home theatre can encourage even the most introverted kids to come out of their shy shells and enjoy the wonders of role-playing. Older kids like to take over the reins, so make sure that everyone is happy with their participation and encourage your kids to support each other and share their duties.
Parents usually take the back seat, and your support can mean the world to them, especially to the little ones who are still timid and can’t keep up with the loudest kids in the room. Help them feel included and they will soon start putting out their own suggestions and planning the next Easter play before this one is even over!
Easter arts and crafts
No kid will miss out on an opportunity to colour, draw, and make a mess! My kids have shown their artistic tendencies across the wallpapers on their bedroom walls, and ever since our first family Easter, we all take part in decorating the Easter eggs.
It was their idea to decorate the Easter eggs with colourful permanent markers, which we have been using for several years now and they are still the absolute number one tool for designing Easter eggs. In fact, they turn out to be so imaginative and pretty that they have a hard time deciding which ones to eat first since they look so good on our kitchen table.
Easter meals and treats somehow bring more pleasure than any other holiday in our home. I suppose this might have something to do with the fact that all of us have a sweet-tooth, and we’re eager to try a new chocolate recipe every year.
Ever since the first Easter we celebrated as a family, day-long cooking of our favourite dishes and decorating the dining room table, it has become one of our favourite traditions. It helps my kids learn how to work as a team, and they feel truly appreciated when I let them take part in making the cake for the whole family.
Every year, our town organizes a wonderful egg hunt with bake sales, lemonade stands and of course, hanging out with the Easter bunny. Our kids always bring their own bunny ears, and since they love painting so much, we like to help them with their face paints to completely transform them into true Easter bunnies.
There are music performances, bunny races, and organized plays to keep your kids occupied, but sometimes all it takes is a few hours in the sun, playing with bunnies and other animals and looking for those delicious treat-filled eggs!
Fill your baskets with fruits, sandwiches, and freshly-squeezed orange juice, bring a large blanket or two and go to the nearest part or forest to spend time in nature. You can also enjoy other outdoor activities, such as play volleyball, fly kites, read stories to each other or just enjoy the warmth of the sun, and you will have an amazing family time away from all the chores and worries.
Easter is the perfect time to learn about history, so you can also turn your picnics into educational sessions where you can teach your kids how this cherished holiday came to be and the various Easter traditions across the world. Kids are curious by nature, so they will likely ask many questions to which you don’t have the answers, so you discover the answers together as a family.
Whichever activity you choose, you can’t go wrong because your kids will be eager to spend time with you, developing their creativity and curiosity, while your family bond will certainly grow stronger. And of course, prepare for countless moments of absolute bliss that will become some of your favourite memories and inspire years of Easter holiday fun!