With Easter just around the corner, you’re bound to be looking for fun things to do with kids during the Easter school holidays. Luckily, we’ve gathered some fun games and exciting things to do that the whole family can enjoy.
Whether you’re hoping to catch an opportunity to get outdoors for some family fun activities with your little one’s favourite dolls pram or an afternoon of arts and crafts with your grandchildren, our roundup of fun games and things to do with kids during the Easter holidays will give you all the inspiration you need this Easter holiday.
Easter crafts for kids
An afternoon of arts and crafts with your children or grandchildren is wonderful at any time of year. But, around Easter time, making things together with an Easter theme can be a wonderful tradition to start together, and continue throughout their childhood.
Regardless of what Easter means to you, these simple craft ideas will inject a bit of spring into your home, whilst allowing you to while away some time doing something creative with your children.
1. Painted Easter egg decorations
One super fun and easy craft idea is to paint eggs which can then be used as Easter decorations in your home. The possibilities are as endless as your child’s imagination for this one, and whether you want to use felt tip pens or paint, your little ones can create an Easter-themed masterpiece on each egg.
All you need to do is blow out some eggs (you could use the egg whites and yolks to bake together later) and then get to work!
The finished eggs can then be tied up on strings and hung around your home – a nice tradition is to hang them from a decorative branch!
2. Felt Easter eggs
Another great way to make some egg-themed decorations with your children is to use felt! We love how versatile this craft idea is, you can get really creative with whatever craft supplies you already have, and use anything from ribbon to pom poms.
Simply cut your egg shapes out of felt, and then let your little ones get to work glueing on embellishments of their choice! You can find a more detailed tutorial here. You could even glue the finished eggs onto Easter cards to give to grandparents or loved ones.
3. Peek-a-boo peg eggs
This craft idea is perfect for younger children as there is limited mess involved and it’s really quick and easy to make.
- You will need:
- Glitter craft foam
- Clothes pegs
- Small scrap of yellow paper or card
- Small scrap of craft foam or cardboard
- Crafter’s tape
All you need to do is cut out an egg shape (approximately 2 inches tall and 1.5 inches wide) from the glitter foam and cut through the egg in a zigzag pattern to look like it has cracked. Pinch the clothes peg open and, whilst open, attach crafter’s tape (about ¾ inch) to the top and bottom of the side where the egg is going to go, being careful not to stick it shut.
Lay the foam egg face down on a flat surface and press the sticky side of the clothes peg down onto it so that each side of the egg is on the correct side of the clothes peg. Cut out a small chick shape from the yellow paper or card, ensuring that it’s much smaller than the egg. Then, draw eyes and a beak onto the chick.
Attach the chick to the back of the clothes peg at the bottom and play with your adorable creation to your heart’s content. To see what these sweet little chicks may look like, check out this post from One Little Project.
4. Paper mache Easter baskets
An Easter egg hunt calls for a good basket for your child to keep the eggs they find, so why not make it yourself rather than buying one? We love this paper mache Easter basket craft that recycles tissue paper from presents and wrapping from shops.
Simply use your tissue to create layers of paper mache on a balloon in the desired shape, and then once it’s dry, you can add decoration and embellishments and turn your basket into easter animals such as bunnies and chicks! See the full instructions here at Red Tart Art.
5. Easy paper easter baskets
Need a basket for your Easter egg hunt in a pinch and don’t have time to try out the idea above? These super quick and easy Easter baskets made from paper take only a few minutes to make, and all you need is some card and a stapler!
You can make these out of fun coloured card, and even decorate them before or after you staple them together. We think they look great!
If your kids love paper craft, look at our guide to fun craft ideas for kids with paper for more inspiration.
6. Bunny slime jars
Kids love slime, but did you know that you could make it yourself at home this Easter holiday? This tutorial shows you exactly how to make your very own homemade slime for your children to play with, for guaranteed hours of fun!
What’s more, it also features a cute Easter theme, in the form of bunny jars to keep your slime in. It’s probably best if adults make the slime, and you leave the jar decoration to the children, as the slime does contain chemicals, but it’s such a fun activity to do together!
7. Felt bunny brooches
This Easter craft idea is great for older toddlers and onwards, as it can get a little bit fiddly at times. They’re perfect to wear as an accessory for Easter events or parties, or to use around the house as Easter decorations. These Easter brooches are a great opportunity to teach your children or grandchildren sewing techniques.
You can watch the video tutorial on how to make these gorgeous Easter brooches here.
8. Recycled toilet roll stamps
Easy to make and a great craft accessory for all ages, bunny-shaped recycled toilet roll stamps should absolutely be in your craft arsenal if not already!
You will need:
- 3 toilet roll tubes
Take one of the toilet roll tubes and cut them vertically. Pinch the ends that meet at the cut to a sharp point (a bit like a teardrop shape) and glue together. Repeat this on a second toilet roll tube – these will be the bunny’s ears. Glue the ears onto the remaining toilet roll tube at a 10 to 2 position.
Dip one side of the bunny shape into paint and use as a stamp. You can read the full tutorial at Thoughts From Alice.
Children will love this opportunity to create their very own Easter bunny.
9. Fingerprint bunnies and chicks
This is perhaps the easiest craft on our list and will be ideal for children of any age, especially the younger ones. Fingerprint bunnies and chicks are a creative way to decorate Easter cards – or just about anything you want!
You will need:
Simply press your chosen finger or thumb) into your paint, press it onto your paper. Once dry, decorate the fingerprint with eyes and a beak or ears and whiskers, depending on whether you want Easter bunnies or chicks.
These Easter crafts activities make great gifts that grandparents and loved ones will be able to cherish.
10. Chalkboard eggs
Making chalkboard eggs are a really creative way of having some Easter fun and they actually make lovely home decor items, too.
You will need:
- A hard-boiled egg
- A paintbrush
- Chalkboard paint
All you need to do is paint one half of a hard-boiled egg with chalkboard paint, leave to dry, then paint the other half and leave to dry. You’re then free to chalk on your egg, drawing and writing whatever you like.
Easter games for kids
The beginning of spring is a great time to get outdoors with your little ones for some fresh air.
Playing games together is one great way of enticing your children to spend more time outdoors. Since Easter is almost upon us, we thought we’d round up some of our favourite Easter games for kids.
Whether you’re heading to your local park or staying in the comfort of your own home, these Easter activities and games will provide tons of fun for kids and adults alike.
1. Easter egg hunts
Without a doubt, the most exciting part of Easter for any child is our favourite activity of them all – the Easter egg hunt. It doesn’t matter whether you have one child taking part or ten, it’s just as fun hunting down a chocolate treat either way. This is the perfect opportunity to gather all the family together for a giant easter egg hunt!
You can have the chocolate eggs hidden in your house, garden or both, and you can keep things simple or get really creative, there is no limit to the amount of fun you can have with Easter egg hunts.
Whether you want to provide clues that lead to each egg, or simply hide eggs in different places and let your children hunt for them on their own (providing hints if you know they’ve missed any), the choice is yours!
An egg hunt would make the perfect Easter adventure for all the family this Easter weekend. Read on to find out more Easter activities that the whole family will enjoy.
2. Easter bingo game
Kids love playing bingo, and making special bingo games for different seasonal holidays makes the game extra fun! It goes without saying that the prize for winning this Easter bingo game will most likely be a chocolate egg, but it could be anything you like if you’re trying to limit the amount of sugar your children consume during the Easter period.
Britni at Play Party Plan has created these fabulous printable Easter bingo cards, so all you need to do is download them and print them out, and you can start playing right away!
3. Egg and spoon race
What better time for an egg and spoon race than the Easter holidays? It’s a great way for your kids to develop their balance and coordination skills, and it is entirely up to you whether you use raw, breakable eggs (maybe best to hold your race outdoors somewhere you can easily clean up if you choose this option), hard-boiled, or even fake eggs.
Rubber eggs are a fun way to really mix things up, as dropping the egg will result in having to chase it down as it bounces in every direction, while if you want to minimise chaos, plastic eggs might be best.
The rules of the race are simple – each child must balance their egg on their spoon, and place their other arm behind their back. When you shout go, they must then try to make it to the finish line as quickly as they can without dropping their egg from their spoon.
If a child drops their egg, they must start again – the winner is whichever child crosses the finish line first, with their egg still in place on their spoon, and their other hand still behind their back.
Whether you have one child or siblings who can race each other, you can always join in too for some Easter family fun!
4. Easter eggs-ercises
Get your children moving with this clever idea from The Seasoned Mom, who has come up with this gamified exercise activity. A great way to burn off excess energy and keep your kids active, we think this makes a great addition to Easter events or parties, or just an afternoon at home with your children during the Easter break.
Simply print off a list of activities such as jumping jacks, bunny hops, donkey kicks, and big steps, and cut them out. Then, hide them inside plastic eggs, and get your children to take turns opening the eggs and reading out the activities, and then carrying them out!
This is a great activity to do on a rainy day indoors, or outside in the fresh air, depending on how kind the weather is being!
5. Easter checkers
If you need some Easter Activities to fill an afternoon with, this game of Easter checkers is a craft activity and a board game all in one! You can make the board and playing counter together first, and then spend many fun hours playing the game together afterwards.
The counters themselves are cute bunnies and chicks – perfectly Easter themed! They are made from egg boxes and crafting items such as pompoms and googly eyes, which is perfect as you’re bound to have plenty of egg boxes lying around. Check out the full instructions here.
Enjoy Easter with your little one
Whether you’re planning a fun Easter egg hunt or a trip to the local park for a walk with their favourite dolls pram, there’s plenty of Easter activities for you to do with your little one.