Another Easter is upon us. This is a special time to celebrate faith, family and friends. This year, try some new activities that may just become traditions. Above all, take time to reflect on the things that mean the most to you.
What’s in an Egg?
It’s the same thing every year. Plastic eggs filled with sugary treats that send the kids into a spin. While Easter egg hunts can be fun, mix it up with some new fillers.
1. Religious puzzles
Cut paper into several strips and write parts of religious stories onto them.
After all the eggs are found, the children can work together to put the story back together. For younger children, keep it very simple with just one word written on each piece of paper hidden in the eggs and probably only 10-15 word stories.
For older children, you can make it a bit more challenging. The Gospels contain several tales that would be fitting for the occasion.
Hand out small prizes to all who participate.
2. Family puzzles
Same idea as above but this time, the stories will tell about your family history.
Ask for help from the older members of your family or do some research online or from family journals/scrapbooks.
These can be funny, serious or anywhere in-between. The fun part is, the adults can be involved with this one too and everyone will learn more about their roots.
Fill the eggs with foam letters.
Once each hunter has their collection, they can try to spell out different words related to Easter.
Different words will earn them different prizes (of your choosing). For large groups, the kids could work in teams. For older children, it could be a race with a time limit.
4. Scavenger hunt
Give each child a list of each item they will be searching for (random household items).
The younger groups can search for 3 or 4 items while older groups can probably handle 10-15. Fill the eggs with the random objects but repeat several of the items on the list. Make one or two items only available in a couple of the eggs.
One or two large prizes could be given out and then treats for everyone like stickers, coins, small puzzles or books or small toys.
5. Find your photo
One challenge of Easter egg hunts is making it fair for all age groups. The older kids usually dominate leaving the younger ones heartbroken.
In this hunt, each child is looking for pictures of themselves. When they get to an egg, they look inside to see if it is a picture of them. If it is, they add it to their basket. If not, they close it up and put it back.
Distribute an even amount of eggs for each child and make the youngest one’s photos the easiest to find.
Upon completion, give out one large prize (or their Easter basket) to each child. Alternatively, you could have each child hunt for a different colour of egg and maybe one “golden egg”.
6. Game time
Purchase the game “Jenga”. Place one piece of the game into each plastic egg and then hide.
Once all of the eggs are collected, each person now has their pieces to play the game. Instead of starting with the tower built, they will build it from the ground up. The youngest player starts and play continues clockwise. Each level (row of 3) must be all the same colour.
If a player does not have that colour, they may skip their turn. Play continues until someone knocks over the tower.
Do you have any fun games that would work for Easter? Please share in the comments below.