Easter activities to do at home

Well, thanks to COVID-19, Easter is going to be a bit different this year! Children may be disappointed not be able to go out to an organised Easter egg hunt, but there are still plenty of fun things to do at home this Easter even if you and your children are stuck in the Coronavirus lockdown. There are Easter craft activities, egg decorating and rolling, home made Easter trails, Easter bakes and even a virtual Easter egg hunt online. So make the most of the extra family time you have this year to enjoy these Easter activities for families.

 

Easter bakes

Easter egg shaped biscuits
Mix together 300g of plain flour and 150g sugar in a bowl. Add 150g of cubed butter and rub together with the ends of your fingers (kids will love this bit!) until you have a fine crumb. Add one beaten egg and two teaspoons of vanilla essence or lemon juice if you have it. Mix with your hands until it is just mixed together (don’t over do it). Wrap in cling film and pop in the fridge for 15 mins. Using a rolling pin and a floured work surface, roll out to about half a centimetre thick. Cut into ovals and place on a baking tray lined with grease proof paper. Cook in a pre-heated oven at 160 degrees Celsius for 12-15 minutes. Allow to cool, then decorate with coloured icing. Pastel coloured icing looks pretty and spring-like.

Crispy chocolate nests
Start by putting paper cases into a 12-hole fairy cake tin. Place a heatproof bowl over a pan of simmering water. Break up a 200g bar of milk chocolate into squares and melt it gently with two tablespoons of golden syrup and 50g of butter in the warm bowl. Once the chocolate has melted and the ingredients mixed, remove from the heat, being wary of any drops of hot water dripping from the bottom of the bowl.  Carefully fold in 75g of rice crispies or cornflakes until they are all coated with chocolate. Spoon into the paper cases and make a small dip in the middle of each one. Leave to cool in the fridge until the chocolate sets. Then pop a few coloured mini chocolate eggs into each nest.

Carrots for the Easter Bunny
You leave out a carrot for Rudolph at Christmas. So why not make carrots for the Easter Bunny? You can make them with marzipan or royal icing. Put 3/4 of your icing or marzipan into one bowl. Mix in orange food colouring until you have the right “carrotty” colour. Roll with your palm until you have a long sausage shape. Cut into 5cm pieces. Roll each piece a little more putting pressure at one end until it tapers into a carrot shape. Add green food colouring to the remaining icing/marzipan and squidge it flat. Using a round ended knife, cut into feathery leaf shapes and add to the fat ends of the carrots. Leave out on a plate for the Easter Bunny on Easter Saturday evening. Maybe the Easter Bunny will reward you with a chocolate egg!

 

Easter crafts and activities

Easter cards
You’re probably missing family and friends you can’t visit at the moment. Why not cheer them up by sending them an Easter greeting card? Use any paints, glue, glitter, feathers, ribbons or other bits you have hanging around. Make your cards as colourful and cheerful as possible. If you’re self-isolating or don’t want to go to the Post Office, you could consider scanning your creation and emailing it instead.

Egg decorating
Egg decorating is enjoyed by small children right through to teenagers. Just hard boil some eggs. Do a couple of spares to allow for breakages – they won’t be wasted because you can eat them if they aren’t needed. Do this well in advance as they will take at least an hour to cool down. Decorate your eggs however you like. If you need some inspiration, take a look at our easy Easter egg decorating ideas.

Egg rolling
As soon as your eggs are dry they are ready for egg rolling. Ideally, you need a slope but any stretch of outdoor space will do. Roll your eggs and see whose gets the furthest. If you want to have a few goes, try different categories: whose egg cracks first; rolling while standing on one leg; rolling with your eyes shut; whose egg lasts longest etc.

 

Easter egg hunts

Easter egg hunt at home
There may not be any of the usual organised Easter egg hunts taking place this year, but you can still hold your own Easter egg hunt in your house or garden. Adults and any teenagers who are “too old” to join in should hide the eggs.  Remember that your children are a lot smaller than you, so “hide” the eggs where they can be easily found by little people. Before the hunt begins, make it clear how the eggs will be divided up at the end. Will it be a case of finders keepers or will they be equally divided with the winner who finds the most eggs can having first pick?

Virtual Egg Hunt with the Easter Bunny
There are two fun organised Easter egg hunts you can do at home! The Easter Bunny Challenge LIVE online includes interactive online live sessions with The Easter Bunny with storytelling, singing, dancing, riddles and an egg hunt hosted by the Easter Bunny. With the Easter Bunny Egg Hunt At Home your child can have their egg hunt presented on video by the Easter Bunny.

Mini Easter egg trail
Make Easter morning really exciting by laying an mini egg trail to the hidden Easter eggs. On Easter Saturday night, lay a trail of wrapped mini chocolate Easter eggs from your child’s bedroom door to where you’ve hidden the Easter eggs. In the morning, claim you’ve just seen the Easter Bunny outside and see your child’s excitement as they follow the trail to the Easter eggs! If you have a dog (chocolate is poisonous for dogs) or you feel your child really doesn’t need more chocolate, lay a trail of paper bunny footprints instead.

 

 

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