Once the baskets have been found, keep your kids’ spirits festive with some Easter games.
Easter egg hunt
Hide your dyed Easter eggs all over your lawn, garden, and porch and set the little ones loose with baskets. Another variation is hiding hollow plastic eggs with clues inside about where to find the next egg. The last egg contains directions to the treasure (a Lego toy, stuffed animal, or other fun prize)! To avoid disappointment, make sure you have a treasure for each child.
Easter egg race
Divide children into two teams. Give each child a tablespoon and a bucket full of plastic or hardboiled Easter eggs. Place large Easter baskets a short distance away from each child. Have the children place an egg on the spoon, and then holding the end of the spoon in their mouths, walk across the yard to put the egg in the basket. No hands allowed. Anyone who drops an egg has to start over.
Make a limbo bar from an old broom handle or similar long stick. Start with the stick high and have the children line up and limbo underneath the bar as music plays in the background. Lower the limbo bar after each round. If a player touches the bar above or the grass below (or falls!), that child is out of the game. The last player remaining wins a chocolate or stuffed Easter bunny.
Kids Easter parade
Before the parade begins, give each child a white plastic fedora and let him or her decorate it with flowers, ribbons, glitter, stickers, plastic fruit, lace, and paints. Once everyone has finished a hat, have the kids line up and parade around to music, showing off the latest fashions.
Pick up a pre-made pinata from the store or make your own and fill it with Easter candy and small toys. Line up the children and let each one take a turn hitting the pinata with a broom handle. If the kids are older, blindfold them before they take a swing at the pinata. Be sure all little ones are safely out of hitting range. When the pinata breaks, kids can scoop up the candy and prizes. Be certain that every child gets some of the loot.
Hide jellybeans all over your home and then set the kids loose with baskets. Make sure some are easy to find for younger kids, and some are in more challenging places for older kids. Be warned that you could be finding jellybeans in interesting places for weeks to come.
Buy a set of Easter egg dyes for the kids to use to color hardboiled eggs. Have them add extra decorations with markers, glue and glitter or stickers.
Carrot scavenger hunt
Cut out 20 carrots from orange construction paper and glue on tops made from green construction paper. Plant them all around the house—under sofa cushions, in the silverware drawer, in kitchen cabinets, or taped to the refrigerator door. Send the kids out to collect the carrots, and let them redeem their carrots for snacks, such as a small box of raisins, a pack of gum, a bag of pretzels, or a piece of carrot cake.