Easter activities can take all manner of forms. Last week I talked about the all encompassing Egg Hunt (I am planning this year’s at the moment for my grown up children in the form of some sort of geocaching activity). For those wanting something more crafty, there are some super activities which will keep your children engaged and enable some lovely family time!
Lots of children are curious as to why we have Easter, the most important date in the Christian calendar. This Usborne offering is a sweet retelling of the Easter Story, one in a series of books providing specially retold stories for young children, sticking closely to the biblical version, but using simple language. The illustrations are lovely and it’s a great sharing story.
Of course, not all Easter customs are Christian; some, such as the Easter Bunny, are pagan in origin. Flowers and eggs, which we see in abundance around Easter time (the chocolate ones being of the greatest interest to most young people I know!) have both Christian and pagan roots. There are some amazing celebrations of Easter around the world, from making an enormous village omelette (France) to rolling a blazing oak wheel stuffed with straw down a hill (Germany), dressing as the Easter witches (Finland/Sweden) to holding a kite competition (Bermuda).
Decorations play a large part in most countries, with paper flowers, rabbits and eggs being the most popular. If you don’t want to go down the DIY route (lots of card, paints, glitter, ribbon etc) then a pressout Easter Egg kit is a great option. This book from Kate McLelland makes some gorgeous decorations – either leave them elegantly white and gold or colour them in for some really impactful designs.
Peppa loves Easter and little ones love Peppa! Activity books such as this one featuring the ever popular pink pig and over a hundred stickers, are always a good choice as an Easter activity. Puzzles, spot the difference, picture matching – this Usborne book offers lots of fun. learning opportunities in a pocket sized activity book.
Everyone loves the Easter Bunny so why not encourage your youngsters to make their own with this adorable fluffy first sewing kit. As I said before, bunnies are leftover from the pagan festival of Eostre, a northern goddess whose symbol was a rabbit or hare. People associate rabbits with new life because they reproduce such large litters. You know, they breed like… It is a common misconception with children that the Easter Bunny lays the easter eggs that are left strewn around the garden. I’ll let you deal with that one!
Instead of giving Easter Eggs as gifts, why not encourage your children to make something to give to family? This Amazing Flower Kit creates a stunning bouquet of 48 multi-coloured foam flowers: daisy, primrose, edelweiss, gerbera, daffodil, dahlia, orchid and poppy. What a lovely present for a flower loving friend or relative. Origami flowers are another beautiful way of either decorating the house or giving as a gift – there are some lovely ideas here. Or why not make some Waxidoodle flowers – so much fun that I guarantee everyone will want to make something!
by Allie White, educational consultant to BrightMinds
As a parent and former-teacher, Allie has a hands-on approach to home learning, believing that the best learning is done together in a relaxed environment.
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