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While many of us associate Easter with eating loads of chocolate, this special time of year is also a chance to take a break and enjoy making some fun memories with our kids.
If you need some inspiration for fun activities, look no further because we have plenty of fun ways to keep you and your children busy over the Easter break.
From craft activities to baking, to traditional Easter games, we’ve got you covered.
Colour in an Easter egg and stick it to your window
This idea was suggested by New Zealand Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern in 2020 – and we think it’s still a winner! While Jacinda’s idea is directed towards Kiwi kiddos, Aussie cousins can also jump on board.
“I’m wondering if you’ll help me create an Easter egg hunt for all the children in your neighbourhood?,” wrote Jacinda in an Instagram post.
“You can draw your own Easter egg, or you can colour in the one that some of my clever friends helped to make. All you have to do is colour it in or decorate it, and pop it in your window for other kids to find.”
Fair warning though, things did not go quite to plan for Jacinda when little Neve went all in with a permanent marker.
The NZ Prime Minister shared an image of a big scribble, penning: “I suggested Neve join the #NZEggHunt Nana decided to go with a vivid for the job. Neve lost her balance mid drawing so we now have this masterpiece, and a fairly similar one on the carpet.”
Make bunny-shaped pancakes
Start your Easter fun with the most important meal of the day, breakfast!
These adorable bunny-shaped pancakes are super easy to make.
Create the body of the bunny by using a large circular pancake and use two equally-sized smaller ones for the feet.
Place cut strawberries onto upper portion of “feet” and pop three blueberries or chocolate chips below. Sit feet onto lower portion of “body”. Use whipped cream create a tail in the centre of body.
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Whip these up for some-bunny special.
Hold an Easter egg hunt
First, hide eggs around your home or backyard. Once they are all hidden, send the kids out to find them all.
Check your area for the latest COVID restrictions and if permitted, why not invite some family and friends over to join you and the kids for an egg hunt or hold one at your local park. It’ll make a change from the restrictions in the past few years.
Is it even Easter without an egg hunt!?
Make an adorable Easter craft
There are so many cute Easter arts and crafts to do. One we found and loved was this ‘Handprint and Footprint Chicks’. Not only does it look super-cute but it’s also a special keepsake for you to look back on in years to come and remember just how small your kiddies once were.
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This Easter craft makes for an adorable keepsake.
Read Easter books
Now is the perfect time to snuggle up with your little ones and read an Easter story. There are loads of books to choose from but here are a couple of our favourites.
I’m Ready For Easter (Jedda Robaard) explores the exciting lead-up to Easter in Australia.
If I Were The Easter Bunny (Louise Gardner) follows the story of a little rabbit who has big dreams of one day becoming the Easter Bunny.
The Easter long weekend is the perfect excuse to cosy up with the kids and a good book.
Camp in your backyard
If you don’t have travel plan for the Easter, why not take a trip into your own backyard? Pitch a tent for a memorable camp out with your family. Pack some snacks, read books, play games, chat or cosy up and watch a movie on your iPad. (Check these tips, if you are going camping!)
Have a camping holiday at home – your kids will love it.
Make egg-themed cookies
Egg-shaped cookies are super-easy to make as you just shape your cookie dough into an oval shape. Use your favourite biscuit recipe and once your cookies are baked, set up decorating stations in your kitchen with a mix of colour icings, sprinkles and more and let your kids show off their creative flair!
This Easter egg tradition has been around for generations. Start with cool hard-boiled eggs and protect your benchtop with some paper towels.
Fill a container with enough water to cover the egg, one teaspoon of white vinegar, and about 20 drops of food coloring. The more food colouring, the darker the colour of the egg will be.
Place egg on a slotted or regular spoon and dunk, turning occasionally so both sides are coloured. Let it soak in the mixture for up to five minutes, then remove the egg and set it aside to dry.
This is one egg-cellent idea!
Egg tapping game
On Easter Sunday, it is a tradition for Greek and Armenian families to gather and play a game of egg tapping.
To play, each person chooses a hard-boiled egg from a basket, and the battle begins. Players then take turns to tap their eggs against each other, first bottom-to-bottom, then when bottoms are broken – top to top. When a player’s egg is cracked on both sides, he or she is eliminated.
The game continues until one player remains with an intact side of their egg, and he or she is proclaimed the winner.