Many of us are facing the reality of Easter without the extended family dinner tradition this year. Family memories are precious and although we may not be celebrating in the normal way, we can still have a good time and make new memories. We can make it a special day for kiddos; a holiday they won’t forget: Easter at home!
Connecting with Family
Make sure you stay connected during the family holiday. Phone calls and video chats while you share family fun-time is imperative for normalcy as well as that much needed connection with loved ones.
- Share a meal virtually – good and bad foods, dinner games and conversation. All of it!
- Live stream an Easter Church service, concert or passion play with your loved ones.
- Play a game of Easter Egg bingo over Zoom or Skype. Create and email out bingo cards so everyone has them. We love this version from momtastic.com where you do some coloring for a bingo win for an extra dash of fun.
Start a New Tradition
Spend some time learning about other cultures and their Easter traditions. Are there any you like? Something new to add to the family dinner, maybe? Take some time to make something together to celebrate Easter in some other part of the world too! We’re a fan of Italian Easter Bread. Yum. Here’s a recipe from An Italian in my Kitchen
Spread the joy!
Take time as a family to #ChalkTheWalk with messages of hope and encouragement. Create hearts for the window as a sign of solidarity for our healthcare workers #HeartsForHealthcareWorkers or remind everyone that we are all in this together and to stay strong with pictures and depictions of rainbows #RainbowTrail or #ChaseTheRainbow. All so fitting for Easter at home and to usher in spring, renewal and all things happy.
Color some eggs! Sure, you may do this every year, but here are some options besides the regular dye kits you didn’t think to pick up at the grocery store in early March.
Shaving Cream Dyed Eggs
You will need:
- Food coloring
- Shaving cream (cool whip substitute)
- Straw (or something to stir you don’t mind getting food dye on)
- Cookie sheet or disposable aluminum baking dish
(Here’s a paper version for more craft fun)
Easter Egg Painted Rocks
You will need:
- Egg-shaped rocks
- Acrylic paint
- Paint brushes
- Cotton swabs (Q-tips)
As a craft project or for the Easter Bunny to deliver; you can make a basket out of so many household items you may already have sitting around. Fill the baskets with homemade treats, free printable coloring pages, and fun coupons your kids will love (ex: get out of doing the dishes one night, pick the next movie for family movie night or a veggie pass for one meal).
Here are some Easter at home basket ideas:
- Paper plates
- Gift bags
- Construction paper
- Cleaned and sanitized egg cartons
- Cardboard from cereal boxes and other shelf stable food items
There’s definitely no Easter Egg Roll on the White House lawn this year, or any number of other Easter hunts, parades and kid-friendly gatherings. Certainly, that shouldn’t stop the Easter at home egg hunt fun!
We’ve found a number of indoor and outdoor options for a great family event. Look at Pinterest for 50 or more wonderful ideas. We were inspired by all of these options and can’t wait to get started on our own Easter hunt.
Fill Your Plastic Eggs With:
- Quotes from a favorite book — and then read that book out loud to each other as a family
- Puzzle pieces — and then put that puzzle together as a family
- LEGOs — whether it’s a kit or not. Spend some time creating as a family with these little bricks.
- Those coupons we mentioned during the basket section above.
- Activities. This can be anything from counting to 10, hopping, clapping and jumping, to making animal noises and solving a math problem or word puzzle. Make it as silly as possible to ensure the most giggles and smiles.
- Clues to find more eggs. This option is great inside as you can leave clues from favorite books, movies, toys or parts of the house to lead your kids on a treasure hunt.
Other Hunt Ideas:
- For that matter, make a treasure map with marked locations for each egg.
- Keep the eggs empty (or use real ones) and write letters with a sharpie on the outside. Kids must find the eggs with all the letters from their name.
- Don’t use eggs at all. Create a checklist of items to hunt indoors or out, like this one you can download and print from A Mom’s Take
Whatever your plans are this holiday weekend, we hope you and your family are safe, healthy and ready for some quality family-fun time together during Easter at home! Wishing you all the happiness…and future haircut adventures when we are able to reopen our doors.