Easter can be a time of somber reflection for many Christians, and also a time for celebration. For children, introducing the concepts that surround the origins of Easter in a fun way will help them feel included. Here are four fun Easter games for the whole family to enjoy and create family bonds and memories.
Indoor Easter Games: Pin The Tail On The Bunny
Here’s a traditional party game with an Easter twist! On a large sheet of paper, draw an Easter bunny without its fluffy tail. You could also substitute the bunny with a lamb that has no tail. Make the picture as large as possible and brightly colored. Next, make the tail from a separate sheet of paper and cut it out with scissors.
Pin the main picture up on a wall or sturdy screen. Gather the children together and explain that they are going to take turns to put the tail onto the picture and the one who gets it closest to the correct position will win. This may sound simple, but the children will be wearing a blindfold while they try and pin the tail onto the picture.
For safety, instead of using a drawing pin, you can put some Blu-tack or Poster Putty on the back of the tail to stick it to the picture.
Family Easter Games: Pass The Easter Bonnet
A fun game that involves an Easter bonnet is a variation on the pass the parcel theme. The children sit in a circle and an Easter bonnet is given to one child to begin.
Turn on some music and as it plays the children pass the bonnet around the circle. Without looking at where the bonnet is, the adult turns off the music suddenly and whoever is holding the bonnet is out of the game (but can receive a small chocolate or sugar egg).
The game ends with the last child left not holding the bonnet when the music stops, and that child should receive a larger egg or an Easter-themed toy.
Unique Easter Games: Grandmother’s Bunny Hop
Heres a fun and unique Easter game. This is a variation of Grandmother’s Footsteps and is best played outside or in a large room.
One person stands at one side of the garden or hall with their back to everyone else and plays Grandmother. The rest of the children line up on the opposite side of the garden or hall, but instead of walking or running up to the Grandmother, they have to bunny-hop on all fours.
The Grandmother turns round quickly at short intervals at which point everyone must freeze still. Anyone whose grandmother sees moving must go back to the beginning and start again. The winner is the child who reaches Grandmother without being caught moving.
Easter Egg Hunt Ideas
The traditional Easter Egg hunt is always popular with children of all ages. You can get the kids involved before the hunt, by helping them to decorate the eggs that are to be hidden.
If you want to play a slightly different version of the game, you could hide chicks or rabbits instead. Purchase small toys from your local dollar store or make some from card stock that the children can color in beforehand. Then hide the toys or cards around your home, garden or wherever the children will be gathered.
I hope your family enjoys playing these easter games! Happy Easter!