I love Easter! It is my favorite holiday to celebrate. It may have taken me until March 30 to decorate, but I did it! Normally our house goes from Valentine’s Day to full blown springtime decor on February 15, however, with the renovations currently taking place at our house I wasn’t sure if I’d be able to decorate. But here we are, delayed yet enjoying Easter decor!
I am so overdue on sharing these fun, family activities but hope that if you’re still looking for something to add to your holy, holiday weekend that one of these ideas will be something you can incorporate. Below you’ll find several crafts, activities and recipes that all have the same common theme: family time.
Last Minute Easter Basket Ideas
Several weeks ago, I shared Easter Basket ideas for boys and girls. If you are needing any last minute ideas, you can find that post here.
Also, get those eggs filled! For the last couple of years, we have opted not to use candy. The girls get a little bit of chocolate in their baskets from the Easter bunny and then it seems to pour in from everywhere else: school, grandparents, etc. So instead of adding more sugar, here are some simple non-candy egg filler ideas:
Bracelets (or other costume jewelry)
Hair Clips / Bows
The Golden Egg
This is a tradition we have adopted from Brad’s side of the family. Growing up, every Easter they had a golden egg. inside of it was the elements of Jesus Christ’s death and resurrection. Now each of our girls have their own golden egg. Every Easter we open them, talk about what each item is, what they mean and how God gave his only Son to save us so that we can have eternal life.
If you want to make your own, here’s what you need:
Gold Easter Egg
Small Wooden Cross
Small Piece of a Palm Leaf
Small Piece of Fabric
Small Piece of Rolled Up Paper with the Easter Story
Make it personal — the cloth that is in our girls’ eggs is cut from Brad’s late grandfather.
Brad’s mom also wrote the short (aka kid-friendly) version of the Easter Story for their eggs:
Jesus, God’s only son, traveled to Jerusalem on a donkey. The people waved palm branches to celebrate His coming. Jesus gave Himself on a cross and was wrapped in a cloth After three days, the stone was rolled away and Jesus arose and lives in my heart today..
Did You Know?
Easter is celebrated on the first Sunday after the full moon on the Spring Equinox, between March 22nd and April 25th.
Eggs represent new life, new beginnings and new faith.
The white lily is the special Easter flower.
Red is the most popular jellybean flavor.
The largest Easter egg was taller than a giraffe and heavier than an elephant!
Egg dyes were once made from natural materials such as onion peels, tree bark, flower petals and juices.
These fun facts came from our April Craft + Boogie box. Check out more information about this wonderful company under the Creative Ways to Celebrate & Play section at the end of this blog post.
We made this adorable carrot garland last Easter and it looks so cute this year hanging over the girls’ toy storage in the family room. Tip: When gluing together the tips of the carrots, use chip clips or something similar to help hold them together until the glue is dry.
This was an activity I had been looking forward to doing with our girls this Easter season after how much fun we had making the pop-tart houses at Christmas time, however the time just flew by! Schedules seem to be picking up again with the warmer weather and between the Reno, recent appointments and our anniversary trip there hasn’t been much time for anything else. But how cute is this?! If you make them, please tag me on Instagram @multiplyingmichie!
You can find the complete supplies list and instructions here. The directions say to use candy melts, however when we made our pop-tart houses, I just used the cookie icing that comes in the squeezable bag with the built in tip. Worked great with zero issues and that would definitely work for this rather than dealing with messy candy melts.
Minnie Easter Shake
Being a lover of both Disney and Easter, when I saw this shake while recently scrolling Instagram, I thought this was too cute and super festive. I’m sure it’s delicious too! Shared by @magictreatsbyivanna, she calls this a Minnie Easter Shake: Strawberry Milkshake with whipped cream, cookies for ears, M&Ms, sprinkles and a fondant bow. It also looks like she dipped the rim of her glass into white candy melts to which then adhere her M&Ms and sprinkles. Yum! She has also since shared an Easter cupcake and a Minnie Easter Candy Apple so go check her out!
Empty Tomb Rolls
I recently came across this really clever symbolic recipe. We will be making these with our girls this weekend! All you need are:
Large marshmallows – body of Jesus
Crescent rolls – the wrapping of Jesus’ body or the tomb.
Melted Butter – oils of embalming
Cinnamon and sugar mix- spices used to anoint Christ’s body.
Oven – the tomb
Cavity in bun – the empty tomb or the empty cloths
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Separate rolls into eight triangles. Combine sugar and cinnamon. Dip each marshmallow into butter, roll in cinnamon-sugar and place on a triangle. Pinch dough around marshmallow, sealing all edges. Make sure to seal well or all the marshmallow will escape. Dip tops of dough into remaining butter and cinnamon-sugar. Place with sugar side up in greased muffin cups. It helps to use jumbo muffin tins so that the juice doesn’t overflow. Bake for 10 to 15 minutes or until rolls are golden brown. Allow to cool slightly then eat warm. Enjoy!
Creative Ways to Celebrate & Play
Hide a dozen eggs in your neighbor’s yard and leave a note at their door telling them they’re “egg-cellent.”
Have a glow-in-the-dark egg hunt. Put glow sticks in eggs and turn out the lights or play outside when the sun goes down.
Have an outdoor egg and spoon race. Place eggs on wooden spoons and see who can make it to the finish line first without dropping their egg.
Easter is all about new life. With the return of spring, new flowers bloom and new baby birds are born. Walk through your neighborhood and point out all of the new life you see and hear.
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How are you celebrating Easter this year? We will be enjoying time outside, making a few more Easter crafts and enjoying Easter service on Sunday morning.
Happy Easter! He is Risen!