April 12, 2020
So, this year we’re celebrating Easter indoors, along with the rest of the world. Whether you usually plan a meal around a table with the family, head out to your favourite restaurant, or do an Easter egg hunt with the kids, there’s no reason why celebrating in lockdown can’t be wonderful too!
Put up an Easter Gratitude Tree
You heard right! Beautifully decorated trees aren’t only for Christmas time. Find a space in your home which could use a little touch of love, and think about how you can create an Easter tree that suits your family’s style, but which also speaks to your budget (and what you can get your hands on at the moment).
Involve the whole family and give everyone a task to do. Then, when your tree is almost finished, tell your crew to think about something they’re grateful for, and put something that represents it under the tree, or if possible, stick or clip it on. If you’re grateful for family, put photos on your tree; if you’re grateful for food, put some canned goods under there; maybe you’re grateful for your health and safety – create little paper hearts to stick on it. Kids will also love making their own salt dough decorations. Looking for inspiration? Check out these amazing Easter tree ideas.
Plan an Easter egg hunt
If hunting for eggs is something you usually do at Eastertime, there’s no reason why you can’t enjoy this fun tradition indoors this year. If you have an enclosed garden, you’ll luckily have more space for the kids to hunt. If you live in a flat, there are lots of little nooks and crannies that are perfect for stowing away festive treats. Think – behind books, in pot plants, in the oven or even in the washing machine!
Older kids may need a little more activity here, so create some clues for them to find and follow. You could even have them perform an action (such as singing a song or hopping like a bunny) before they can move onto the next. Another really great idea, especially if you’ve got a few egg hunters to think of, is to add a competitive element. Play musical eggs – while the music is blasting, everyone runs around trying to find as many eggs as possible. When the music stops, they all have to freeze. Anyone holding an egg that they discovered while that round of music was playing, gets an extra twenty seconds to hunt! There are also a ton of ideas of how to level up the hunt.
Play some silly games
Nothing beats boredom like playing a ridiculous game where you can all laugh at yourselves and each other! Decide what you’re going to play and what prizes are going to be dished out and make sure you get the supplies on your next run to the grocery store. Below are some of our favourite family games to play at Eastertime:
Get a really long piece of string and some treats you can pin to it or loop it through (doughnuts, cookies, marshmallow eggs, etc). Tie the treat rope between two solid points, such as two trees or two pillars, ensuring it is at a reasonable height for everyone to reach with a little trickiness. Everyone needs to hold their hands behind their backs and kneel under the rope. When the music starts, everyone must eat the goodie that is directly above them as fast as possible – no hands! Once finished they can move onto the next one. The person who eats the most, wins.
The object of this game is to get as many “tails” onto your opponents as possible. Get some cotton wool and make some “bunny tails” with it by rolling it into balls (how many you use depends on the number of players you have). Get the kids to colour the balls in with kokis and then let them dry. Stick double-sided tape or invert some cellotape and place a piece on each tail so that it sticks. Everyone gets a batch of tails that they need to pin onto someone else. When the music starts, everyone needs to run around and try to stick as many tails on their opponents as possible, while avoiding getting a tail themselves. The one with the least amount of tails, wins.
Capture the egg. This is a great strategy game for the whole family. Divide into two teams. Each team gets two Easter eggs in their team colour. Teams then line their eggs up on their end of the garden or house. They must then try to capture the other team’s eggs and bring them to their side of the garden (without being tagged by the other team). If a player is tagged by an opponent, they are out. To win, a team must capture all the other team’s eggs, or must have the last man standing.