This will be an Easter to we won't forget for sure. Although our lives are turned upside down right now and there will be no gathering at church with our community, no Easter Brunch with mimosas and bloody marys at a restaurant, no getting dressed up for an Easter buffet with the whole family, no community egg hunt, and no visiting the Easter Bunny at the mall, we really have all we need to have a beautiful and memorable Easter at home. In fact, social distancing is a great motivator to creating the best Easter yet! Instead of focusing on what we cannot do this year, here are 10 activities you CAN do that will leave your family smiling all day – most are free using stuff you already have at home without going to the store:
Don’t worry, the Easter Bunny is safe from the virus and this means he can still visit everyone’s houses and leave a basket of “treats.”
I went overboard for my son’s first Easter Basket – he was three at the time. So this year we are keeping it simple and swapping candy for healthy alternatives:
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We love their bunny and baby chick sets for Easter.
What’s Easter without adorable kids running around so excited finding eggs?
Last year it was raining and my son had his little rain jacket on and rain boots going all over the yard finding eggs.
Be careful though if it’s raining or it just rained. Ticks come out in this weather! My son had one embedded in his head last Easter (found after his nap – the thought of it there during his nap makes me cringe). Now we don’t have any issues with ticks since buying this organic tick repellent called Yaya Tick Repellant. We don’t go outside without spraying all around our feet and ankles and our neck and body. Smells good too!
Last year I filled all the eggs with candy. It was WAY too much for a three year old. We don’t eat candy in our home so not sure why I did that (I guess I was just remembering how my mom did it as a kid and wanted him to have the full experience without me restricting him).
This year the Easter bunny will hide eggs outside and most of the eggs will be empty – some will have gummy snacks, some will have raisins inside, and some will have little tickets that have clues on them. All the tickets numbered 1-10 will lead my son back inside to do a Scavenger Hunt for eggs inside.
Older kids love money so adding little tickets marked with money amounts is better than adding the dirty money inside (just to be safe during social distancing).
Decorating eggs a day before Easter is when we do it. There are coloring kids from the store or you can even do DIY colored eggs from ingredients you may have at home.
In Russia they use onion skins to color their eggs – they turn out to be a deep orangey brown.
What’s more fitting than and egg and spoon race on Easter?! This is really fun. Take some of the colored eggs or boil some eggs and have two people see how fast they can go without dropping their egg. If it drops, they start over. You can do it with raw eggs too – more challenging, but more messy.
This keeps kids entertained and having fun, plus you end up with a cool art piece. This is an outside activity. All you need is a squirt gun, some washable kids paint, and a big piece of poster paper.
Hang the paper – on an easel is best but we don’t have one so we will hang it on the fence or deck – maybe a shrub. (the paint washes off)
Check out squirt-gun painting for kids here.
So this game is half made up by me based off another idea I saw. So how it works is number something 1 – 20 and put all over the yard – not in order. I am going to use the back of a paper plate to put the numbers on or old card board from boxes. Secure with a rock if windy.
Then get two Easter Baskets or buckets (or hats) and number two sets of tickets 1 through 20. So in one basket there will be pieces of paper 1 – 20 and in the other one pieces of paper 1 – 20.
You also need some type of music on your phone or we plan to use our water resistant, portable JBL speaker (connects to our phone through Bluetooth and we play music with it).
Lastly get some gift bags or any bag for each player and we will have a bunch of small gift and goodies. Like Kindersurprise egg, gummy snacks, these little egg hactchable toys, and some other little gifts.
Set one of the baskets aside with the numbers 1 – 20 inside. Using the other basket with numbers inside all players pick a number without looking.
No one looks at their number until the music starts. When the music starts everyone must run in a big circle going the same way around or could be a square too.
When the music stops, you have to be the first one to your numbered spot. If you are first, you get a prize to put in your bag.
Then there is a cash bonus prize – again instead of real cash we are using tickets and then people can cash out as real cash. So you take the second basket of numbers sitting off to the side and you pick three numbers until you pick someone’s number that they are standing on. So say there are two people playing and they are on numbers 5 and 17. Say the first number chosen for the bonus cash prize is 2. Non one has that number so a second number is chosen. Say it’s 10. No one has that number so the final third ticket is chosen and say that it’s 5. #5 gets the cash bonus prize. Say no one’s number is chosen. Then everyone gets $1 or $2. If numbers 5 and 17 were chosen they split the cash bonus for that round between them.
For the cash amounts you can do it however you want but we are doing it this way:
Round 1 - $5
Round 2 - $10
Round 3 - $20
Round 4 - $50
You can keep the rounds going until all the bonus cash rounds have been given away. To make it go quicker you can pull 5 numbers instead of three with only 2 or 3 players.
This game is not only active, it’s really fun!
Have a daughter? Do a spa day at home.
I was recently thinking how grateful I am to be low maintenance. My sister laughed at me when I said I haven’t had my hair cut in a year! She doesn’t have kids and gets her hair done often – it’s always so beautiful. For me, it’s just a time thing. As a business owner and a mom getting my hair done falls last on the list. When this social distancing is over I will treat myself to highlights and a trim.
Until then, the messy bun or a hat will be my go-to look.
Paint your nails together (we love Piggy Paint - non-toxic nail polish for kids)
Another fun activity is to make these homemade DIY natural face masks for kids – safe for kids!
Here are some other ideas for a mommy daughter spa day at home.
My son watches this video on YouTube from Ryan’s Toy Reviews where the mom counts down and they all have to get up off the floor so lava does not get them.
So this is a spin on this. Create an obstacle course in the backyard where kids must step only on the course and not touch the ground. For older kids can make it more challenging and for younger kids can be just things to step on, balance, on and jump to reach.
You can even make an obstacle course using chalk and draw different shapes and write inside what you have to do like hop on one foot, spin around three times, or go back to the beginning.
Target sells this really cool rock painting kit but you can just make your own with paint and rocks you find outside. When we go to the beach or hiking we always grab some good painting rocks to bring home.
We have been exploring these amazing hiking trails near our home – wide enough trails to keep a safe distance from people and actually we don’t pass many people at all while hiking.
Our four year old loves hiking and he keeps up well even on the hills. Nature boosts our happiness and creates a surge of positive energy.
Find something blue.
Find something green.
Find something wet.
Find something small.
Find something red.
Find something hard.
Find something soft.
Find something short.
Find something tall.
Find something white.
Find something beautiful.
Find something cool.
Find something noisy.
Find something grey.
Find something brown.
Find something flying.
Find something growing.
Find something round.
Find something flat.
Find something big.
Find something that smells.
So even though Easter will be much different this year, we can make it super fun at home. Don't forget to video chat with loved ones!
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