With the uncertain times we are living in right now, it is hard to think about celebrating a holiday, but Easter is right around the corner and we encourage you to have some fun with your kids anyways!! We have come up with a list of simple snacks, crafts and just plain fun that you can do as a family. We have tried to find activities that you will have all of the materials for at home already!! We hope you enjoy!!
We have snacks with gelatin, popcorn and rice cereal....hopefully you can find something that your family will love!!
Jello Easter Eggs
This idea came from delish.com. You can make a different kind of egg this year...completely made from Jell-O!! Kids and adults will enjoy this one.
- Using a pair of scissors, make a small hole at the tip of each plastic egg. (If there is an existing hole, use your scissors to widen it.) Grease the inside of each egg with cooking spray.
- Into a medium bowl or measuring cup, combine Jell-O powder and 3/4 cup boiling water. Whisk until powder is completely dissolved, then add 1/2 cup cold water and 1/4 cup Cool Whip. Whisk to combine. Repeat process with remaining Jell-O flavors.
- Place eggs hole side up in an empty egg carton. Using a food-safe syringe, fill each egg 1/3 of the way with one color. Place in refrigerator to set, 45 minutes. Fill each egg another 1/3 of the way full with another color and return to refrigerator to set, 45 minutes more. Fill eggs the rest of the way full and refrigerate 1 hour more, until completely set.
- Gently open plastic eggs to unmold Jell-O eggs.
Rice Krispie Treats Easter Eggs
Here's another use for those plastic Easter Eggs! This one is from passionforsavings.com.
6 Cups of Rice Krispies Cereal
1 10 oz Bag of Mini Marshmallows
6 TBSP Butter
Plastic Easter Eggs
Pam non stick spray
- Melt butter and marshmallows together in a microwave safe bowl in the microwave, stir occasionally while cooking
- Split this mixture into two different bowls
- Add the food coloring of your choice into this mixture in one of the bowls, then add half of the Rice Krispies to that bowl and mix together
- Repeat this same action with your other food coloring choice, add in the Rice Krispies and mix together
- Use the plastic eggs and spray them with Pam, then begin stuffing your Rice Krispies mixture into the plastic eggs for shaping
- Remove your Rice Krispies from the plastic eggs and there you have it, a yummy Rice Krispie Egg.
Spring Trail Mix
Our last snack idea is super simple and you can use whatever ingredients you'd like. The one we have listed here is from acupfullofsass.com.
- Frosted Animal Cookies
- Chex cereal
- M&M's Pastel color
Mix all ingredients in a bowl.
Our crafts consist of bunnies! Just some simple, at home fun for you and your family!
Easter Bunny Cards
You can make these adorable cards and deliver them to your neighbors' porches as a wonderful Easter surprise! You can find this idea at kidscraftroom.com.
- Free Printable Template (Click the link above to get the template.)
- Colored Printer Cardstock
- Wiggle Eyes
- Pipe Cleaners
- Marker Pens
1 – Print the free template. (Click the link above to find the template.) There is just one sheet for each bunny. We printed ours onto lots of different colored printer card so we had a selection of different looking bunnies to share with friends.
2 – Cut out all the pieces. There’s an egg shaped body, two ears and two paws. So simple!
3 – Color in the middle of the ears with marker pen.
4 – Add some toes to the rabbit’s feet.
5 – Fold the rabbit’s body in half so it hinges at the top and glue the ears and feet onto the back.
6 – Cut a long pipe cleaner into 2 and fold each piece in half to make the rabbit’s whiskers. Glue them onto the front. (You can draw them on if you prefer.)
7 – Glue on a cute pom pom nose and googly eyes. (Again you can draw them on if you prefer.)
8 – Draw on a cute smile.
9 – Open up your Bunny cards and write your messages inside.
Paper Plate Easter Bunny
Thebestideasforkids.com gives us this simple craft.
-Small Paper Plates
For the nose: take 3 pipe cleaners and twist them around each other in the center so that they are connected/stuck together. The part you twist is the hidden part that will go under the nose (pom pom) and will be hidden. This will leave you with the whiskers sticking out on both sides.
Then glue to the paper plate. Leave time to let dry as this step will require it to be glued well or the pipe cleaners will fall off.
You can also glue with hot glue (which will stay better) but make sure adults do this part and then let the kids glue the pom pom on once the hot glue has dried and cooled.
Once glue is dry from the pipe cleaners, now glue on your nose (pom pom).
For the ears: Really all you need to do is cut out some ears from white construction paper and then cut out a smaller inside ear with a different color. We chose pink and yellow.
For the eyes: We used googly eyes and just glued them on but you could also use construction paper and make the eyes yourself.
For the mouth: We simply just drew on the mouth with a black marker.
Here are a couple of other activities that would be fun for your little ones.
We found two different sites that gave some great ideas for sensory bins for toddlers, but the great part of a sensory bin is that you can throw just about anything in there! Here are a couple of links:
Get them to use all of their energy by exercising. Hide the eggs and then have them open them up and do what is inside! The seasonedmom.com has a list of different exercises you can use, but feel free to use your own ideas as well.
We hope you are able to give some of these ideas a try and create some memories with your family!
Stay well, friends!