When kids think about Easter, their eyes glaze over with visions of Easter eggs, chocolates, candies and likely some marshmallow peeps. However, after the sugar high wears off, how do we keep the kids smiling and having a fun holiday with the family? These tips will keep everyone smiling and enjoying the holiday all day long.
Enhance the Basket
Easter baskets can be filled with all kinds of goodies besides sugary confections and colorful eggs. Make a basket with an Easter craft kit. Fill it with bright colored paper, colored cotton puffs, yarn, feathers, beads, buttons, spring themed coloring books and colored pencils. If your kid isn’t the crafty type put in a small shovel and a packet of flower seeds that they can plant in the backyard.
Get your child a disposable camera that he or she can run around with to document the Easter festivities from their point of view. Disposable cameras are an inexpensive and fun way to keep your child entertained for hours while they find just the right shots to snap. Take it one step further and give them a list of things or people to look around for and snap photos of. Who knows, you may even end up with some great candid family shots.
Besides a traditional Easter egg hunt, an Easter scavenger hunt can be a great way to get the kids out of the house for a bit. Find Easter or spring related items and hide them all over the yard. Get creative and stuff some plastic eggs with small plastic toys or buttons and don’t forget the egg shaped chalk. Fill a mason jar with some robin egg candies for the grand prize.
Easter Basket Station
Set up a craft station with small un-decorated baskets, glue, colored puffs, Easter grass, hollow eggs and candies. Have the kids build baskets for each other or for the adults. The possibilities are endless when it comes to decorating and filling an Easter basket so feel free to go wild here. The more occupied they are with decorating and filling these baskets, the less time they’ll spend munching down candy and asking when dinner will be ready.
The more relaxed you are, the more relaxed the kids will be. Try not to stress out over the little things, and focus all of your attention on what they’re up to at all times. If the little ones get cranky don’t hesitate to put them down for a little rest. Don’t try to overload them once they’re already tired, instead plan a little rest time halfway through the day to ensure they remain happy and smiling until the end.
Easter is supposed to be fun, just remember to plan some of these activities to keep the children busy while you’re cooking or visiting with family and allow them to just be kids and enjoy the small wonders of the holiday. While we all may celebrate the customs of Easter differently, take a moment to eat a chocolate bunny with your child and watch their joy as they hunt for Easter eggs.