Easter is just around the corner and Robert Nickell (a.k.a. Daddy Nickell), founder of Daddyscrubs.com, is sharing some ways to celebrate this holiday that will build the family bond and keep kids busy all day long:
Lawn Games: Venture beyond the traditional Easter egg hunt and create a series of lawn games that your family can participate in all together. A family relay race while balancing an egg on a spoon; “hopping” like a bunny in a sac race across the yard or even an egg toss (similar to a water balloon toss). Hula-hoop contests, balloons stomps and Easter basket walk (cake walk) work for inside activities.
Family Outing: Take advantage of your time together by doing something as a family. You could attend Easter service, take a picnic to a park, head to the beach, take a Spring family ski day, or even do something like go to Disney World! It’s not every day that the whole family can be together without the interference of work or school. Whatever you do, leave the cell phone behind and be present and together all day long!
Family Meal: Make Easter, or any holiday, a time to gather with relatives and close friends. The meal can be traditional such as an Easter ham or suited to your family’s tastes. Whatever you prepare, share the cooking, and the day, with family.
The Hunt is On: Gather all of the children inside for a snack and sneak outside to hide eggs everywhere. Divvy out baskets and let your kids loose to run around the yard gathering eggs and candy. It can be really fun to put homemade coupon cards inside of the plastic eggs, too. You can create coupons for “Ice cream with Daddy,” “an outing with Mommy,” etc. Your kids will love it, and they’ll be “cashing” in their coupon cards in the months to come!
Arts and Crafts: When Easter rolls around each year its fun to make bunny masks and decorate eggs. Create an interactive dessert where kids can decorate their own cookies or cupcakes.
Ribbon Untangle: As kids get older, hiding Easter baskets gets harder. Instead of hiding, assign each child a ribbon color and have them follow the strong to their basket. Strings can go around trees, in and out of the house, tangled with other colors. The older the child, the more challenging the tangle should be. At the end of the string, your child will find their basket!
Serve Others: Remember Easter shouldn’t be all about the candy and egg hunt. Many churches, shelters and nursing homes welcome volunteers to make and serve meals or spend quality time with their residents. This is a good opportunity to relate the meaning of Easter to serving and giving our time and abilities to others.