With Easter right around the corner, the scramble to find fun, budget-friendly ideas are on every parent’s mind, especially this year with so many family gatherings being virtual. Virtual may not be as fun as getting together in person, but there are some pretty fun things to do together that will create memories sure to last a lifetime. Here we go:
Peeps House Making Contest
You can send out the ingredients list or send out packages ahead of time that include what you need to make a Peeps House. We keep it simple with graham crackers, frosting, jelly beans, edible grass and a variety of Peeps. Set a timer and go! Show off your houses over Zoom/Skype. Best Peeps House wins a prize.
Easter Scavenger Hunt
Each person/household is responsible for creating a fun list (of 4-5 items). From there, see which household can find all the items in their respective homes first. Items will have varying values from 1-5-10 points and a time limit to retrieve the items. Have fun with it and make it Easter-themed by listing things like a bag of carrots, 4 neon plastic easter eggs, 5 blue jelly beans, etc.
Make easy Easter-themed bingo cards ahead of time and have your family/friends print out the cards and designate one caller and create some fun prizes you can mail out or reward the winners with gift cards.
Socially-Distanced Easter Activities with Kids
● Put a fun lineup of naturally socially-distanced games together like potato sack racing, relay of carrying eggs in spoons, Pool noodle jousting, etc.
● Do a glow-in-the-dark Easter egg hunt the night before for older kids. Use stickers of different shapes for each kid and have fun with it.
● Organize a neighborhood scavenger hunt with goodies pre-packaged with names kids can pick up at each stop. Start everyone with a personalized tote (I used Packed Party) and then pack it with some spring and summer fun kids can use now or in the next few months such as the new eco-friendly Bunch O Balloons, sidewalk chalk, etc
● Set up an egg decorating station for making shaving cream, tie-dyed eggs. All you need is a small baking pan lined with parchment paper, hard boiled eggs, food dye, shaving cream and a spoon. Place the hard boiled eggs into the pan, lather with shaving cream on all sides, dot in food dye and then mix. Let sit for 10-15 min and then rinse lightly. Such a fun Easter activity!
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