Easter not only means chocolate, but school holidays and for many families, an almost endless request from kids wanting something ‘to do’. If you are looking for activities that all members of the family can enjoy, this is your list. Best of all, these ideas will cost you next to nothing and provide wonderful entertainment and memories.
Dust off the board games
Board games are super fun. They are the perfect excuse to turn off the television and iPad and spend quality time together. And with a range of used board games available for kids of all ages, there’s bound to be a box gathering dust in your closet just yearning to be enjoyed. Twister, Connect 4, Hedbanz and even Holiday, pick one and have a ball.
With our hectic schedules it’s often difficult to have mealtimes where everyone is seated for more than a few minutes. There’s homework to do, swimming and gymnastics training and then unexpected work meetings, which means family time, can be limited. Pack up a basket, a rug and head off into your park or even your backyard and set up an amazing picnic. Get the kids involved in preparing the food and you know you’ll be on a winner.
Get creative in the kitchen
Most kids love cooking and nothing beats licking the bowl when a cake is on the menu. Set aside some time and bake up some Easter treats that kids can share with friends and neighbours. When you are prepared to have an extra sprinkling of flour on the floor and a bit more mess than you’d normally encounter, you’ll find that this Easter activity provides lots of entertainment, plus a great edible outcome.
Easter egg hunt
A classical Easter egg hunt can be tailored to suit kids of all ages. Placing goodies in easy to reach places for the little ones, and far more cryptic hiding spots for the bigger kids at heart will be loads of fun. You could even mix it up a little by placing messages in hiding spots, which need to be decoded before revealing the next secret location. There are no rules except to have fun.
Easter bonnet parade
Kids love dressing up so how about creating your own Easter bonnet parade. Give each child access to a range of accessories that they can use to create their own fashionable masterpiece and then set up a catwalk where they can show off their new designs. And then everyone is a winner.
You’ll find that once you introduce some new activities into your Easter holidays that the kids will start to get creative themselves and design their own games and fun. You may even end up inventing a brand new family game that can be played over and over every school holiday period.
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