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8 Easy & Fun-Filled Ideas to Keep the Kids Entertained this Easter

Posted on: March 24, 2020

Easter 2020 is going to be very different for many of us around the world. However now more than ever it is vital to spend quality family time together (when safe to do so) and engage in activities designed to entertain (and distract) during these very challenging circumstances*. In this post we will share with you our top 8 ideas for creating that holiday feeling at home and having a fun-filled Easter. Many of these ideas can also be taken on the road again when it is safe to do so.

1. Create a Making Box

One of the cheapest and easiest ways to keep the kids entertained all year round is by creating a ‘making box.’ To the untrained eye, this treasure trove of creative wonder might just look like a box of empty cartons, egg boxes and washing up liquid bottles – but with the right imagination, a making box is the place where rockets, model cars and miniature houses are built. 

You will need:

  • A good size empty box
  • Many of the items you would put in your recycling, provided they are clean and safe to use, such as:
    • Cardboard/tissue boxes
    • Milk bottles and tops
    • Washing up liquid bottles
    • Old magazines/newspapers
    • Sellotape/glue
    • Safety scissors (with adult supervision!)
    • Any decorative items you have around the house: buttons, ribbons, sequins, beads or pipe cleaners

 

2. Make an Easter Tree or Posy

Easter flower arrangements can really brighten up your home. From festive Easter trees to floral posies, there is something suitable for every age and ability. 

For the little ones, if you are fortunate enough to have some spring flowers in your garden, why not take a few indoors and make little posies in vases or empty jars. If you don’t have flowers, you can make your own using tissue paper petals and rolled card stems. Finish the jars with ribbons if you have them. 

For the older ones, why not make an Easter tree? If you are safely able to, start by foraging for twigs and branches – you might even be lucky enough to find some lichen, catkins or pussywillows. Arrange them in a vase and decorate them with Easter decorations (if you don’t have any, don’t worry – get creative with your making box or try blowing and decorating eggs!)

You will need:

  • Spring flowers or foraged branches etc.
  • Posy vases or a larger Easter tree vase (jars work for this too)
  • Easter tree decorations (or a well-stocked making box to make your own)

 

3. Have a Barbeque or Picnic

If it’s safe to do so within your own garden, why not turn a family meal time into an adventure with a lunchtime picnic or dinner time barbeque? Eating al fresco (when the weather and circumstances permit) is always good for our spirits. Don’t worry if you can’t get a hold of your usual barbeque food either, even toasting marshmallows and/or making s’mores with crackers or cookies will be sure to get the whole family excited.

 

4. Enjoy an Easter Egg or Treasure Hunt

Whether you can get your hands on Easter eggs this year or not, you can still enjoy an indoor or outdoor treasure hunt. Get the kids to decorate paper Easter eggs, ready for you to hide. You can even create a decorative garland with them once they’ve all been collected!

You will need:

  • Easter egg shapes cut out of paper
  • Colouring pens/pencils/crayons and decorative items e.g. sequins, glitter etc.
  • String/wool/ribbon (for the garland)
  • Pegs/hole punch (to affix egg decorations to the garland)

 

5. Bring out the Board Games

This is the best time to dust off your board games and get the whole family involved in a fun activity. If you don’t have any board games or have exhausted your collection, don’t worry! Get the kids to make their own paper dominoes, or have them create a beautiful work of art to be turned into a jigsaw puzzle (just make sure they know it’s going to be cut up first!)

You will need:

  • Board games OR
  • Paper
  • Colouring pens/pencils/crayons
  • Safety scissors (with adult supervision!)

 

6. Have a Family & Friends Quiz

In these tough times, being separated from family and friends is incredibly difficult for all of us. What better way to bring family and friends together and raise collective spirits than by using a video call to enjoy a whole family quiz. Choose a range of topics and questions suitable for all age groups – there are a number of resources and pre-created quizzes online to help. 

 

7. Get Baking

From hot-cross buns to simnel cake, there are so many delicious treats to enjoy throughout Easter. However there are several treats you can make easily at home using only store-cupboard ingredients. From the classic chocolate crispie cakes to Nigella’s marshmallow squares, there’s never been a better time to get the kids in the kitchen and put the kettle on!

 

8. Make a Holiday Bucket List or Memory Map

It’s quite possible that your family’s original Easter plans have been disrupted, or that a holiday you booked has unfortunately been cancelled. Our kids (and us) get so excited when we have a holiday to look forward to. But despite our disappointment, there is so much we can do to spark our imaginations and have wonderful adventures to look forward to.

Why not take your kids on a journey through the Atlas or Google Maps? We really love all of the interactive tours, games and quizzes on Google Earth Voyager, which will give you and your kids the opportunity to explore life in different parts of the world from the comfort of your own home. Why not encourage your kids to notice things that are different in other places than what they see at home and to make a list of places they would like to see in real life.

You could always print (or draw) a map of your home country, or other countries, and ask your kids to colour in parts of the country they have visited already on previous trips and holidays. Ask them to draw their favourite memories from these places, dig out old photos and souvenirs, and spend quality time reminiscing about them as a family.

 

*your ability to safely carry out the ideas in this article may change with developing Government advice. Stay safe and please visit gov.uk/coronavirus for the latest guidance beforehand.

 

DISCLAIMER: This article has been produced for guidance only and does not constitute advice. Copyright © 2020 Roseisle Luxury Campervans. All rights reserved.

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