The scent of hyacinth. An array of pastel-colored eggs nestled in colorful Easter baskets. A dish full of egg and bunny-shaped chocolates. The family gathered around a table full of food and laughter. These brief snippets and memories of the Easter holidays of your childhood are what encourage you as a parent to create new, meaningful family Easter traditions. For others, a lack of happy memories may be what pushes you to make sure you enjoy special time with your kids on Easter.
Holidays offer us the chance to enjoy family celebrations and activities if we take advantage of the time and resources available. However, it does take some planning and intention to make your Easter celebrations something your children will remember forever. If you’re not sure what family traditions to include over the Easter weekend this year, don’t worry! We’ve got you covered. Take a look at some of these great meaningful family Easter traditions that you can add to your plans this year:
1. Family Cooking
There are lots of families that have a large brunch on Easter Sunday. Others focus on lunch. For either option, there are plenty of Easter recipes to choose from.
If you love the idea of brunch, try making a hearty egg casserole and some sweet buns or muffins. Or, opt for pancakes or waffles, eggs and bacon. You can also get creative with pancake shapes and make “bunny pancakes” or other Easter themed pancakes.
Make your Easter feast a family affair by involving the children in the food preparation and table setting. If you’re planning brunch, have younger children help cut up soft fruits for a fruit salad. Baking sweets is another area kids love to help with.
Keep track of your Easter recipes with the Meal Planner and Recipes features on Picniic.
2. Easter Eggs Galore
One of the biggest Easter symbols there are: Easter eggs are a great element to incorporate into your family’s Easter celebration. Here are some suggestions:
- Dye and decorate Easter eggs: Get out the food coloring and go to town. Hard boil your eggs before getting started. Then, use wax crayons to draw patterns on the eggs. For a fun color-resist effect, use white crayons. Then, dunk the eggs into the dye. Before getting started, make sure you lay out newspaper to protect the table and have your kids put on old clothes. Enjoy!
- Easter egg hunt: Hide colorful plastic eggs around the house or in the garden and encourage your children to find them. You can fill them with healthy snacks, candy or even stickers. To make things fair, you can assign each of your children a color so that all of your kids will get the same number of eggs. Although it may require planning ahead of time, it will save you headaches later. Another option is to have each child find an entire Easter basket that has their name on it. Each child has to find their own basket.
- Easter egg roll: Get some hard boiled eggs – decorated or not, and enjoy a race in the backyard. For this game, you’ll need one hard boiled egg and a long wooden spoon for each participant. Then, set up a start and a finish in a grassy area and race to see who can roll their egg by pushing it with the wooden spoon all the way to the finish line first.
3. Get Active
Easter celebrations can be sports-oriented too! Check if there will be an Easter run in your local area and sign up the family for a fun 3 km or 5 km race. Alternatively, play pickup soccer in the back yard or set up the badminton net for an active afternoon.
Easter is the time of new beginnings and life. Take advantage of the beginning of spring by planting an Easter garden together. Choose seasonal flowers like hyacinth or daffodils. If you’re still concerned about frost, you can plant seeds indoors over the Easter holiday and transplant the growing plants outdoors later.
If you’re looking for a combination gardening and craft project, consider having your children decorate small terracotta pots using paints. Then, plant flowers or seeds in the pots.
5. Arts and Crafts
Have everyone gather around the table and enjoy some arts and crafts, Easter style. There are plenty of other crafts to choose from and you’re sure to find something here that will appeal to everyone in the family. Remember, focus on the process and have fun!
- Decorate a paper egg Ideal especially for younger children, you can cut out a simple white egg shape and have them decorate their egg with crayons, colored pencils, markers and stickers.
- Easter bunny Create an Easter bunny craft. This one is extra fun: painting with marshmallows!
- DIY Easter basket Use paper plates to create your very own Easter baskets. Do this ahead of your Easter egg hunt and everyone in the family will be prepared to stow their eggs during the hunt. Here are some ideas to get you started. For younger children, you may consider creating the baskets ahead of time. That way you can simply invite your kids to decorate their baskets and avoid frustrations.
Ready to make your list of supplies? Use Picniic’s To-Do List and Shopping List features to keep track of everything you’ll need for your crafts. Assign tasks to the kiddos and ask them to mak
Over the Easter weekend, make some time for family. With these great traditions, you can ensure that you and your loved ones will create many happy memories celebrating together. Remember, being together is the most important part. Don’t feel like you have to cram in too many activities – rather, enjoy the ones you choose to do.
Do you have a favorite Easter tradition that you enjoy with your family year after year? Tell us about it in the comments below!
From all of us here at Picniic, happy Easter!