Easter is just around the corner and Daddy Nickell has come up with some fun, new Easter activities to celebrate this holiday, build the family bond and keep kids busy all day long so the Easter candy lasts longer than a day.
Lawn Games • Venture beyond the traditional Easter egg hunt and create a series of lawn games that the whole family can participate in. I suggest a family relay race while balancing an egg on a spoon; hopping like a bunny in a sac race across the yard or even an egg toss (similar to a water balloon toss)—might I suggest using hard boiled eggs? If the weather doesn’t allow you outside on Easter, then why not try hula-hoop contests, balloon stomps or an Easter Basket Walk (Cake Walk) work for inside activities.
Family Outing • Take advantage of your time together by doing something as a family. You could attend an Easter service, take a picnic to a park, head to the beach (if you live near one), take a spring family ski day, or even do something completely non-traditional like go to Disneyland! Whatever you do, leave the cell phone behind and be present and together all day long!
The Hunt is On • Of course it wouldn’t be Easter without an egg hunt. Gather all of the children inside for a snack and, in the meantime, sneak outside to hide eggs everywhere! Divvy out baskets and let your kids run loose around the yard gathering eggs and candy! It can be really fun to put homemade coupon cards inside of the plastic eggs, too. It doesn’t have to be all about candy! I put everything from Jelly Beans to pennies in eggs. You can also create coupons for “Ice cream with daddy,” “an outing with daddy,” etc. Your kids will love it, and they’ll be cashing in their coupon cards in the months to come!
Read Related: Easter by the NumbersScavenger Hunt for Eggs • Rather than the traditional egg race, slow things down a bit with a scavenger hunt. It can be elaborate with clues that send the children around the house or park, or simple such as “next look for a red egg.” Regardless, this slows down the activity, evens out egg distribution and encourages kids to work together.