Are some of your most treasured childhood memories from special occasions that you celebrated with your family?
Gatherings for special events are always cause for celebration and when there are family traditions around these occasions that everyone participates in and looks forward to, you create even more opportunities for fun, laughter and a lifetime of happy memories.
Family traditions can become an enduring legacy for generations and with Easter around the corner, it’s a perfect time to get your kids involved and start some traditions of your own.
Here are five ideas for Easter traditions which will set the perfect scene for happy times together where treasured memories can be made.
1. Easter egg hunt
An Easter egg hunt is the classic family activity which usually takes place on Easter Sunday morning. Make it extra special by getting the kids to decorate a basket for their egg collection (while an adult hides the eggs) and get an adult to prepare a letter, map or a series of clues to direct the kids where to search.
2. Easter baking
Get the kids involved in baking and decorating a special Easter treat for the family. It may be a bit messy, but they’ll absolutely love being part of creating something special that the whole family will enjoy. Adventurous bakers may want to try their hand at traditional Easter favourites like hot-cross buns or Simnel Cake, a light fruitcake with marzipan – or you could choose something simpler like cupcakes or an indulgent chocolate cake. To start a tradition, you may want choose one particular recipe (possibly one of Nan’s special treats that’s been handed down through the generations) and then make it for Easter every year.
3. Decorate eggs
The kids will love decorating eggs and their creations can become part of your annual Easter decorations. Check out YouTube videos on how to blow out eggs (it’s really easy!) and clean and dry them as well as how to get creative with decorating these keepsake Easter decorations.
4. Neighbourhood basket
Another lovely idea for an Easter tradition is getting the kids to arrange (and deliver) a small gift for your neighbours. The theme of Easter is rebirth and renewal, so a plant or packet of seeds is the ideal gift and a lovely way of facilitating discussions with your kids about the concept of Easter and the importance of being a good neighbour.
5. Easter tree
Just as a decorated tree is a focal part of many families’ Christmas celebrations, an Easter tree can also become a much-loved family tradition. It can something as simple as a painted branch stuck into a bucket of sand with the setting up, making of ornaments and decoration becoming a highly-anticipated family activity every Easter.
These are just a few ideas for Easter traditions that you can start with your kids that will help to instil a sense of comfort and continuity, layer memories over the years, set the scene for priceless bonding times and most importantly, create opportunities to teach your children about family values.
And if you’re starting to investigate early learning choices for your child, have a look at Nido Early School where reinforcing family values is one of their daily traditions.
Families are viewed as partners in the child’s education and they encourage constant communication between educators, children and between families to create a rich social environment and an extraordinary journey of learning and discovery.