Easter is a wonderful holiday for parents to celebrate with their kids. There’s chocolate, a giant bunny, and pastel colors. It also marks the beginning of spring.
But beyond the traditional egg roll and egg hunt, it can be difficult to come up with fun activities each year.
If you’re looking to try something new, we have 12 great games to share that are easy to set up and fun for kids of all ages.
1. Golden Egg Hunt
Remember the golden tickets in “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory” that gave children entry into Wonka’s candy factory? In this version of an egg hunt, you can dial up the excitement by hiding golden (or yellow) eggs among the others.
Whoever finds a golden egg gets a special prize, such as a stuffed bunny or a chocolate rabbit.
2. Bunny Hop Race
Races during Easter are a fun way to celebrate being outdoors after a long winter. You could do the usual egg-in-a-spoon relay race, or you could try doing a bunny hop race. In this version everyone has to crouch down and hop their way to the finish line.
My thighs hurt just thinking about it, but kids will love it.
3. Wobbly Egg Bowling
For this game you’ll need to make some wobbly Easter eggs. These eggs will bounce back up again when they’re knocked down. For the bowling balls, you can use any sports balls you have on hand.
Set up a standard bowling lane on a flat surface and let the kids go to town.
4. Egg Toss
This game is best for older kids, and for parents who don’t fear a mess. To play, line up two rows of kids and have them face each other. Have them throw a real egg back and forth with the person directly across from them. The object of the game is to see which pair of kids can toss their egg back and forth the longest without dropping it.
You could substitute hard-boiled eggs, but I think the threat of getting yolked makes this game more fun.
5. Printable Games
Look on Activity Village for a bunch of free printable games you can set up for your kids. This website has everything from bunny dominoes to Easter egg matching games.
Color printers provide the best results when printing anything from this site.
6. Pin the Tail on the Easter Bunny
Kidspot offers a free printable bunny and tails that you can print out and set up in a matter of minutes. Everyone will laugh when someone puts the bunny’s tail on its face.
7. Don’t Eat the Peep
This game from Thirty Handmade Days requires the free, printable “Don’t Eat the Peep” game board. The only other things you’ll need are jelly beans.
To play, kids put a jelly bean on each bunny square on the game board. One kid leaves the room, and the other kids pick one bunny square to be the secret peep square.
When the child returns, he or she will eat the jelly bean on each square, one at a time.
If the jelly bean on the secret peep square is eaten, all the kids yell, “Don’t eat the peep!” Can you imagine how younger kids will love this game? There’s suspense, secrets, candy, and yelling.
8. Matching Sound Egg Shake
This is a great game for younger kids. Fill plastic Easter eggs with different things such as salt, dried beans, dry pasta, and cotton balls. Make sure that you put the same things into two different eggs. The kids then shake all the eggs and try to match the ones that make the same sound.
9. Craft Stick Puzzles
This is another great activity for younger kids. Lay out a bunch of craft sticks side by side. Next, use Easter-themed cookie cutters to paint the image of a carrot or bunny onto the craft sticks. Once the paint has dried, separate the sticks and have the kids put the “puzzle” back together.
10. Jelly Bean Taste Test
For the jelly bean taste test, you’ll need paper, pencils, and jelly beans. You can blindfold the participants for an added challenge. Kids will have a blast eating the jelly beans while writing down the flavors they guess.
11. Glow in the Dark Egg Hunt
This game takes the traditional egg hunt to a whole new level of fun. It’s best for older kids who aren’t afraid of the dark. You can buy glow in the dark eggs online or insert glow sticks into regular plastic eggs.
12. Egg Hunt Puzzle Maker
This game involves putting puzzle pieces into a bunch of different plastic eggs. Hide the eggs and then have the kids hunt for them and collect the pieces. The kids can either try to put the puzzle together when they’ve found all of the eggs, or they can put the pieces together as they go.
Whatever games you play with your kids on Easter, they’re sure to have a blast. Why? Because there will be candy. If you’re tired of the same activites every year, a few glow in the dark eggs will help you step up your game.