Easter is slowly approaching, and while we'll likely still be in lockdown when the time comes, that doesn't mean you can't make the most of it. From Easter egg hunts to your very own arts and crafts sessions, we've got loads of great ideas and activities that the whole family can enjoy doing at home together this Easter weekend.
Host Your Very Own Easter Egg Hunt
While you may be unable to leave the house, what better way to keep up tradition and boost morale than to host your own Easter egg hunt at home? Your kids will love hunting around to find their chocolate eggs, and if you're looking to add even more excitement to the activity, try turning it into a scavenger hunt. Write or print out a list of all the different kinds of eggs or things you'd like the children to find and how many they should be looking for. Then, create simple clues, and be sure to have a prize ready for whoever collects all of their eggs first!
Bake Delicious Chocolate Nests
It wouldn't be Easter without a delicious treat, and baking is one of the best things you can do with the kids whilst confined to your home over the next few weeks. This is also a great alternative if you haven't managed to get any Easter eggs for your children from the supermarket. For a simple recipe, melt 225g of milk chocolate in a bowl over boiling water, then spoon in 50g of butter, and 2 tablespoons of golden syrup - mixing until it's all smooth. Remove the bowl from heat and stir in 75g of cornflakes before spooning the mixture into your cupcake cases. Add 3 mini eggs on top of each to create the perfect nest - and either enjoy warm or place in the fridge for later!
If you'd like to see a video for this tasty family-friendly recipe, simply view here.
Dye And Decorate Your Eggs
This is another great alternative if egg hunts are not an option. If you're lucky enough to find a couple of cartons of eggs in the supermarket, then decorating them makes for a fun and colourful Easter activity for both you and the kids. Start off by hard-boiling the eggs and making sure that they're completely cooled down. It's also a good idea to ensure that your workspace is completely covered in newspaper so that you're not left with any stains. From there, you can begin your decorating! Simply mix half a cup of water, a teaspoon of white vinegar, and around 20 drops of your chosen food colouring in each container - then carefully soak your eggs for 5 minutes to dye them, or longer if you want a darker colour.
After that, it's a free-for-all. Provide the kids with things like felt tip pens, glitter and glue, or even paint and brushes - and let them get creative!
Create Little Easter Bunnies
If it's an arts and crafts activity you're after, then you and the kids will be sure to enjoy this one. Create your very own Easter bunnies with empty toilet paper rolls! For this you'll need: white or brown paint, googly eyes, coloured pipe cleaners, mini pom-poms, and white and coloured card paper. If you don't have all of these at home already, don't worry, you can order them all quickly and relatively cheaply online. Once you have everything, you can get started straight away. Begin by painting the toilet paper rolls either white or brown - depending on what colour you want your bunny to be. Whilst the paint is drying, you can cut out some super cute bunny ears with your card, using the coloured card for the inner ears, and then glue these onto the top of the roll. Decorate your bunny with the googly eyes, use the pipe cleaners for whiskers, and the mini pom-poms for a nose. Finally, draw on a mouth, and your adorable little creation is complete! These will make great decorations for any egg hunts, too.
For a super easy video explanation for you and the kids to watch, view here!
Have an Egg and Spoon Race
If you've got a garden or a big enough empty space inside your home, why not have a good old-fashioned egg and spoon race with your little ones? All you need is a few eggs (we'd recommend hard-boiling them first for less mess), and either metal or wooden spoons for everyone who is participating. Take turns with individual races and relays for some great family fun, and some good exercise! For some added excitement, why not create a prize for the winner?
Make Your Own Easter Eggs
If you're looking for unique things to do this easter, then what could be more fun than making your own Easter eggs with the kids for Easter Sunday? It might sound daunting, but it's actually much easier than you'd think - and perfect for keeping your little ones occupied! All you need for this is some chocolate (milk, white, or dark - whatever your preference), and an easter egg mould for each egg you're making (which you can purchase online if you don't already have any laying in the cupboard).
To get started, melt your chocolate and carefully spoon it into the moulds, making sure that it's spread evenly by holding it up to the light. Tip any excess chocolate back into the mixing bowl - you'll need this later when glueing the two halves together. Then, run a knife across the top of each half of the mould to ensure a straight edge. Place the moulds into the fridge for around 10 minutes, and when they feel firm to touch - very carefully pop the mould so that the chocolate is no longer stuck to the edges. After that, you can simply leave the moulds back in the fridge for a few more minutes until totally hard. Finally, remove the mould and glue your 2 halves together with some of the leftover melted chocolate. You can also use this to decorate the egg with treats such as sweets, nuts, or smarties. When it's all done - admire your beautiful creation and dig in!
Build Easter Baskets
Another great arts and crafts activity for the kids to enjoy is creating their very own super-easy Easter baskets, which you can use as a decoration, or even for collecting eggs during the Easter egg hunt we recommended earlier! To do this you'll need some A4 coloured card paper, scissors, glue, and some magical folding hands. You can check out the step by step tutorial for this here. Once you've finished building the baskets, let your kids add the finishing touches with coloured pens, stickers, glitter, or anything else you want to add to your creation.
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Rachel grew up in Switzerland and currently lives in north-west London. She is an avid reader, writer, and a real foodie and loves discovering new hotspots and trendy places to go in the city. She also enjoys planning days out for her family, she especially loves taking her little cousins swimming and to the park. When she has some free time she loves going to concerts, baking, or visiting her family at their home in Essex. She can sometimes be found travelling a bit further than Essex and loves meticulously planning and researching a trip before heading off to explore new places in Europe and further afield.