Children will understand the meaning of the Easter season more if you extend it beyond just Easter Sunday, fancy new clothes, and chocolate Easter bunnies. This year, why not have an Easter party for your children and their friends? Celebrate the resurrection with stories, games, and springtime fun! Some of these party ideas can also be great Sunday School activities.
Here are some easy and fun ideas for a kids Easter party:
Confetti eggs: To make confetti eggs (do this in advance) all you need to do is get ready to eat a lot of eggs! Or, you could just break eggs carefully each time you cook an egg dish. To open the eggs the right way, you need a butter knife. Tap the top of the egg in a circle and carefully remove the top. Empty the egg and rinse out thoroughly. Put back in the egg carton upside down to dry. Once you have a lot of empty eggs, fill them with confetti and shredded paper. At the end of your party, hand them out to the kids and let them run around outside and smash each other with the eggs. They love this! Its worth asking other parents to save eggs too so you can have a lot of these. Also, something that parents in my area once did was ask a local diner if they could come in one day and crack the eggs for breakfast. They got dozens of eggs for their spring carnival this way!
Decorating sugar cookies: Bake big sugar cookies in the shape of eggs, crosses, bunnies, or whatever else you can find that goes with an Easter theme. Make pretty pastel icing, let the kids paint their cookies, then let them chow down!
Stuffed Animal Easter Parade: Have each child bring a favorite stuffed animal. Make available materials like paper, felt, feathers, pom-poms, and chenille sticks. Tell the children there is going to be a stuffed animal Easter Parade, and they need to make a hat for their stuffed animal. Have a parade! Play fun music and let the kids march around the yard. Give silly awards after the parade for categories like Biggest Hat, Tiniest Hat, Most Feathers, Most Colorful, and Silliest Hat.
Rolling Stone Game: Read a short childrens version of the Easter story together with the kids. Talk about the heavy stone that was rolled away from the tomb. Then divide them up into teams and have a relay race! Object: to roll a stone to the flag and back, and pass it to the next person. Use a beach ball or other big ball. Kids may not pick the ball up off the ground, only roll it. First team done wins!
Easter Egg Scavenger Hunt: This twist on the classic requires a little advance planning. Have two separate hunts for each team. Give each team the first clue. That will lead to an egg with the next clue, and so on. At the end there should be a fun prize or treat for everyone, with something extra for the team that finishes first.
I hope you enjoy these simple Easter party ideas for kids! Remember, kids just want to have fun. If you have a teaching activity, tie it in with a special treat or game, and they will love it. Happy Easter to all of you!
Article by Meredith Mooney