Looking for something special to do on Easter with your littles? Join our family for some Fun Easter Ideas of your own!
I love Easter! Well, really, I love any occasion to celebrate, but Easter and Christmas are especially special to me. And the fact that I get to make it a little ‘extra’ special for my children excites me (probably more than it does them). HA! Below are some things that I’ve incorporated into our festivities throughout the years, and surprisingly they start with our Easter Baskets!
Activity Easter Baskets
Yes, they are allowed candy (and too much sugar) on Easter. But our baskets are actually mostly filled with NON-sugar items! (I do usually add a chocolate bunny and maybe a few candies in them, but the rest of the sugar comes later – and it does come! lol). But in terms of filling them, I actually love to fill their baskets with little Easter activities, and Easter related toys/items. Every year the baskets are set out on our dining room table, along with our Easter books, dvds, and decor.
Every Easter Morning the kiddos spring out of bed and make their way downstairs to what activities will await them for the day! The sort of things I buy is very dependent on what I find available at the stores (and in the $1 aisle!), but for ideas sake, here are a few things they got last year:
- Bunny or Chick mesh pouf sponges for bath time. Useful & adorable
- Bunny, or Chick, or Frog bath sponge mitt. Also useful & fun! (They love to pretend they are puppets).
- Bubbles for outdoor play!!! I found some really cute Easter themed ones.
- Egg shaped bouncy balls. Perfect play toys for my super hyper kiddos.
- Egg shaped outdoor chalk. Another fun thing to do outside!
- Mini Easter coloring pages with markers & Easter pencils.
After the excitement dies down, we start our day off with a cute (and fast) Easter Breakfast. We don’t do ‘elaborate’ meals in our home often, but I do try to make meals ‘cute’ for the kids on special occasions. Check out my Fun Easter Food for Kids post here for more details.
Easter Egg Hunt
Now that our bellies are all full and our baskets are most likely empty, we round the kids up for a fun Easter Egg Hunt (obviously we had to prep & hide the eggs the night before)! We don’t have a huge backyard, so we like to make our hunt both in and outdoor.
Now you may be like me and have a few young (but older) children, along with a young toddler that doesn’t want to be left out – but you haven’t quite gotten to the comfort level of giving him or her candy yet (for some reason giving candy to my almost 2 year old didn’t sit well with me). What to do? We color coordinated our hunts! Our daughter, Isabella, had specific colored eggs designated for her – which were filled with age-appropriate goodies (that I will list further down in this post).
Gold and Silver Eggs (in the Egg Hunt)
I’m not sure what sparked the idea to do this a few years back, but it’s one of my FAVES! Each year we place two silver and two gold eggs into the hunt. They are THE eggs to find!! Inside is not candy, but in two of them there is a special message about the true reason for Easter. Whether a scripture quote, a personal thought, a letter or poem to share, or a Biblical story – we stuff the eggs with something special written down on paper.
The other 2 eggs we leave empty, representing Christ’s empty tomb – for HE HAS RISEN!
The kids and I both LOVE this and look forward to finding the ‘special’ eggs!
Candy replacement ideas for toddlers
I’ve already mentioned Easter activity gifts that could replace candy, but here’s the deal. My older (but still young) children get candy – and I’m okay with that. But I promise you that that will not suffice for my toddler as she’s watching her two older brothers stuff their faces.
Ideas for candy replacement to fill your toddler’s Easter Eggs/Basket
Try a variety of brands. We use Gerber if organic is not an option (though Gerber does offer some organic products).
- Yogurt Melts
- Toddler Squeeze Pouches These aren’t small enough to put in your eggs, but we placed them directly into her basket, and then hid these (in addition to her eggs) for the hunt.
- Organic Fruit Snacks
- Fruit & Veggie Cereal Snacks
- Tiny Fruits
- Bunny Grahams
After a super fun time hunting for eggs that the Easter Bunny left, it’s snack time!
How cute is this?!! Check out my Fun Easter Food for Kids post here for more details on this snack.
Breakfast, Easter Goodies, Egg Hunt, & Snack
Now it’s time to relax for a minute and go over the true meaning of the day. Our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, and his precious gift to mankind! We watch movies, read our books, and then play with the activities from their baskets.
On a side note: Make sure your daughter doesn’t try to EAT the crayons! HA! You just never know what you’re going to get over here…
These deviled eggs and carrot shaped sandwiches were SO easy to make, and well worth it (from my children’s reactions). Check out my Fun Easter Food for Kids post here for more details on this lunch.
The rest of our Easter Day is usually spent reading from more of our Easter Books & The Bible, watching more of our Easter DVDs, playing more with the activities, or simply resting – together as a family.
What are some ways that you celebrate Easter with your family?