Easter is one of my most favorite holidays. Ok, honestly, I love all holidays big or small, but Easter is defiantly in my top 5 for sure. When I was a kid my grandma had a huge field across the street from her house and we would do a MASSIVE Easter egg hunt with all my cousins. It was a blast. If you drove by and saw all the eggs scattered amongst that field, you would have assumed it was a public event. Nope, just the Boyd family Easter Egg Hunt. We believe in the whole saying, “Go big or go home.”
The best part of the hunt wasn’t even the candy, it was the special eggs, and everyone was on the hunt for the special eggs. You know the ones I’m talking about, right? Yep, the eggs full of money. At 8 years old the only thing better than an Easter egg full of candy, is one filled with money.
The reason these money eggs had us all searching like a crack addict looking for fix is because of one thing and one thing only. Let me just paint you a picture. The town my grandparents lived in was very small. So small that if you blinked while driving through you would miss it. The town at the time, had only 1 gas station, now there isn’t even one. When my dad was in school his graduating class was a whopping 5 people. Huge I know. Being that the town was small meant there was little to nothing to do.
So, any time we had a family get together all the cousins would pull their money together or go beg the parents, aunts, and uncles for spare change just, so we could walk down to the gas station and buy a couple orders or curly fries. I don’t know why this was so fun to us at the time, but it was. So, searching like a frantic little puppy for the money eggs meant that we would soon have some hot fresh curly fries in under a hour or so.
As I’ve gotten older and moved away Easter had developed into a different kind of holiday. My kids aren’t begging for change to walk to the gas station for fries and our pool of cousins isn’t like what I had as a kid. Also, my kids are only toddlers and are just now really getting into Easter as of last year.
While planning for the Holiday I wanted to come up with some activities and games my kids could do that made Easter a little more memorable. I wanted something more than everything just ending after getting an Easter basket and searching for some eggs. That’s when I put together these fun and toddler friendly family games and activities.
These activities will have your family laughing, competing, and making some amazing Easter memories that will last a life time and possibly start some new and lasting traditions in your family.
Spoon Peep Races
Peeps (Flavor & Color of Your Choice)
Objects to Use as Start & Stop Markers
Place your start and stop markers at a distance apart that’s suitable for your kids age. Pass out a peep and spoon to each person playing. Two people will race at a time. The object of the game is to make it to the finish line without dropping your peep from your spoon. The player who gets to the end marker 1sttheir peep on their spoon wins.
Depending on the age of the kids playing will depend on what type of rules you have. If they’re really young, then you can have them carry the spoon in one hand. If the peep falls then just have them pick it up and place it back on the spoon before continuing to race.
If the kids are a little older and can handle a challenge don’t allow them to use their hands by making them put the handle of the spoon in their mouth during the race. Then if the peep drops they have to start over at the start marker before continuing the race. If you want to make if even more challenging, you can add in obstacles that require the competitors to avoid during the race. For example; cones to walk around, sticks to step over, objects to not knock over, etc.
Pin the Tail on the Bunny
Bunny and Tail Printable
Material for Blindfold
Hang the bunny picture at a height appropriate to your kids’ size. Then cut out the bunny tail size of your choice and attach some double sided or rolled up tape to the back. Use a piece of cloth, hand towel, or handkerchief and blindfold your kids. Spin them around three times and then let them try to pin the tail on the bunny and see how close they get to the correct spot.
TIP: To make the printable and tails last longer laminate them. This will also allow the tail to easily stick and be remove for multiple rounds.
Peep Stacking Race
Bunny Peeps (Not Chicks)
4 Sticks, Chopsticks, or Unsharpened Pencils
Give each kid 4 bunny peeps and 2 stacking utensils of your choice. We use unsharpened pencils since they are easily accessible and easier for kids to handle.
Two kids play at a time. Have them use the stacking utensils to stack 4 bunny peeps on top of each other. No hands allowed. First one to stack 4 peeps win. If this is too easy then you can make it more challenging by adding more peeps or setting a timer.
TIP: You may have to help the kids learn where to grab because it can get a little sticky on the sides where you pull the peeps apart. If it does stick have them use one pencil to hold the bunny down from the top and then peal off the other pencil from the side.
Easter Egg Bubble Bath
Empty Easter Eggs
Bubble Bath Soap
Fill the tub with water and add in as much bubble bath soap as you desire. Next throw in a bunch of empty Easter eggs and let your kids enjoy. This is a simple activity but will create some amazing and fun memories for your kids.
Peeps (Bunnies or Chicks)
Tape for Launch Marks
First take the tape and mark off lines. You will want a launch line and then 2 to 4 additional lines farther out. Next label each tape line with a points value.
To play stand at the launch line and take a peep and place it in the spoon. Next bend back the head of the spoon and release it quickly so the peep goes flying. Have the players take turns and keep track of each players score. Play as many rounds as you like. The player with the most points at the end of the game wins.
Easter Egg Ramp Races
2 Long Pieces of Cardboard or A Pool Noodle Cut Long Ways
Take your cardboard and bend it so it forms a semi-circle or take your pool noodle and cut it long ways. Next place your ramp on stairs, a chair, or another surface that allows it to be elevated so it forms a ramp. Have each player take an empty Easter Egg and hold it at the top of the ramp. Count them down from three and have each player let go of the eggs at the same time. The player with the egg that reaches the end first wins.
This year make Easter more than just an Easter Basket and a fun Easter Egg hunt. Play these fun and easy activities with your kids and start making some great memories.
TIP: The pool noodle can be a little finicky but my kids still had a blast playing with it. If you have cardboard I would suggest using that over a pool noodle.