We had a wonderful Easter celebration on a delightful sunny day! The best day to get all the grandchildren together ended up being on Saturday. Owen likes to see an agenda of the activities that I plan, so I typed it up for him (and to help me remember!)
Bunny hats were the first thing on the list.
I wanted to make a variation on a traditional egg hunt for a few reasons. The range in ages gives the older kids a big advantage in a regular egg hunt. The parents really didn’t want the kids to get tons of candy inside the plastic eggs, and the kids all participated in a couple of other regular egg hunts at other parties and in the community. So I decided to make it into a clue hunt. I numbered and decorated 6 paper lunch bags, and filled enough eggs for each child to open one at each stop. Since Max is so little I just put 4 eggs into each bag. There were a few pieces of candy in each egg, and there was one egg that contained a written clue inside each lunch bag.
I gave each child a little bucket to carry to hold their eggs and the candy that spilled out when they opened them up.
We just handed them the first bag of eggs, and the clue inside one of those eggs led them outside. They went to places like the swing set, under a tree, in the mailbox. Owen read the clues and they all took off running for the next destination.
They ended up back inside where they found bags full of prizes.
The next activity was our Easter Parade. I got out crepe paper streamers, foam Easter shapes, artificial flowers, paper plates, and other supplies. They had fun decorating the bikes, wagons, stroller, and even our son’s wheelchair that was part of the parade!
They had a great time waving to all the cars that passed by.
We came back inside and made Tumble Bunnies, a craft I found on Pinterest. I precut the shapes and the children colored them, then we folded and taped them with 2 marbles inside. The directions recommended using a textured surface but the ones we made did great flipping over going down these ramps.
Here is the template I got from Pinterest. I found it on many sites there.
We went back outside to play with our parachute. We played with balls I got at a Dollar Store, and each child took a ball home.
Back inside we played a Memory Game. I set out a tray of things like a plastic Easter egg, a bunny, a jelly bean, a crocheted egg, just things I found in my Easter decorations. The children looked carefully at the tray, then they turned away and I removed one thing. They tried to figure out what was missing.
I included another old favorite activity – Froot Loop necklaces – they love to make and eat these!
We played a game of Hot Potato – passing around a bunny shaped bean bag, and trying not to be the one holding it when the music stopped.
We also did a cooking activity that I found on Pinterest too. We used Grands Biscuits, some recipes use refrigerated crescent rolls or frozen bread dough, but they are all basically the same. I loved this activity because it gave us a chance to tell a very simplified story of Jesus and the resurrection.
Each child rolled out one biscuit to about a 5 or 6 inch circle. We painted on melted butter with a basting brush. Then we put a marshmallow – which stood for Jesus, in the center of the circle, and sprinkled on a mixture of cinnamon and sugar. We gathered up the dough to seal the marshmallow inside. I told the children that Jesus rose from the dead and was not inside the tomb the next day. We wondered together if the marshmallow might be gone too. We sprayed a baking sheet with nonstick spray and dipped the biscuit bundle in more melted butter and placed it on the tray and sprinkled it with more cinnamon and sugar. We made enough rolls for each family to take a tray home, and bake them for Easter morning breakfast.
They turned out great! One of my favorite parts of Easter this year was a text message my son sent. Lily was so excited she yelled “Yook! Jesus isn’t there! (Still perfecting the L sound!)
Of course we had to dye eggs too! It was a great celebration!
I hope your family enjoyed a wonderful, safe and fun celebration too!