Easter Themed Activities to Keep Kids Eggs-cited Over the Holidays
It can be challenging to keep kids entertained over the holidays, especially if you want to keep them engaged in the learning process rather than banishing them to the backyard or the rumpus room to entertain themselves.
To help you out, we came up with a bunch of fun activities to keep kids entertained and learning over the Easter break. While a lot of these activities are Easter themed they can be adapted to use on weekends or holidays throughout the year.
If you’re looking for fun family activities to get the kids out of the house, it is easy to search for local activities online. Here is a link to some activities happening in Brisbane.
- Eggs-plain puns to your kids and have a fun competition where you brainstorm egg-cellent ways to incorporate egg puns into your day. You could even kick it up a notch by drawing an Easter Pun-ny and decorating it with your favourite eggs-amples.
- Easter is celebrated all over the world. Discover other countries’ Easter traditions and learn how to say ‘Happy Easter’ in another language.
- Easter themed acrostic poems are a fun way to get kids thinking about the holiday while developing their English skills.
- Explore the history behind some of Easter’s most familiar symbols (the cross, eggs, rabbits, chickens, hot cross buns etc.). Have kids think about why we use these symbols and why they might be important.
- In Australia, we often use Bilbies as our egg delivering animal. Talk to your kids about why. If you want you can even incorporate a little science lesson about the Bilby’s habitat or biology. An excellent resource or day-out is the Environmental Centre at Bunyaville which isn’t only for schools. They hold classes for outside groups too. Ava and her friends explored the forest, read a book midway through a bush walk and learned about how we can care for nature when she was a 4 year old at kindy. Click on the link above to find out more.
Get ready for some fun, and a little messy, science. Simple science experiments are a great way of helping kids to learn in a way that almost feels like a game.
- The egg drop experiment – help your kids to design a container that will protect a raw egg from breaking if dropped from a certain height. This experiment forces kids to think creatively and critically about how and why eggs break, and how to prevent that from happening. You can use any material you happen to have around the house or make a fun trip to a craft shop for supplies. Depending on the age of your kids you can make the experiment more difficult by restricting the types of material they can use, or increasing the height that the egg is dropped.
- Did you know that you can make eggs bounce without cooking them? In this fun experiment, kids can learn about the effects created when you combine certain chemicals. This experiment can take a few days to complete and can get a bit messy if you are impatient, so make sure you test its success somewhere easy to clean up.
- Egg baby / pet – This is more of a social experiment than a science experiment, but it can be a fun way to determine if your child is ready for a pet. This is also a great experiment for older children to teach them responsibility. Kids must carry a raw egg around with them and look after it as if it is a pet making sure it stays clean and unbroken for a specified period of time. You can add other factors such as taking it for walks or ‘feeding’ it if you want to use it as a measure of whether your child is ready for a pet. Personally with Ava as a 5 year old, I would be ‘boiling’ that egg!
- Egg Delivery Machine – this can be a theoretical or practical experiment depending on the age of your child. Help your kids to design an Easter egg delivery machine that could be used by the Easter Bilby or Bunny to make delivering eggs easier. Older kids could create a real-life prototype while younger ones draw a design for a theoretical device.
Easter Themed Reading List
The Easter long weekend is notorious for rain, so keep your kids entertained inside with these Easter and egg-themed books. Many popular kids’ series will also have Easter themed additions like Clifford’s Happy Easter by Norman Bridwell or Grug and his first Easter by Ted Prior.
Here are some of our favourites:
- The Tales of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter
- Green Eggs and Ham by Dr Seuss
- Rechenka’s Eggs by Patricia Polacco
- The Enormous Egg by Oliver Butterworth, Illustrated by Louise Darling
- Spring Is Here, Grumpy Bunny! by Justine Korman, Illustrated by Lucinda McQueen
- I Wanted a Giant Chocolate Egg but All I Got Was this Stupid Book by Merv Lamington
- Guess How Much I Love You by Sam McBratney, Illustrated by Anita Jeram
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