In today’s post: Make your Easter season more meaningful with 21 Easter traditions your kids will love. Fun activities, special Easter food, religious traditions, and more.
The best Easter family traditions
As my kids get older I’m realizing more and more just how important the time we spend together is. My oldest will be headed to college soon, and I want him (and the rest of the kids) to have as many good memories of our family as possible once they move away. So today I’ve gathered up 21 fun Easter traditions you can start with your family. You’ll find fun activities your whole family will enjoy, special Easter food ideas, and religious traditions to help you focus on the true meaning of Easter.
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Fun Easter Traditions
Everyone loves decorating eggs! Stick to the traditional cups of dye, or switch things up this year by trying a new way to color your eggs, like these pretty watercolor Easter eggs that are made with Crayola markers and a plastic bag. Find 33 more dye-free egg decorating ideas here. NOTE: purchase craft eggs to decorate if the method you choose isn’t food safe.
Easter Egg Hunt
Holding a family Easter egg hunt is a classic part of most families’ Easter celebration, but you can make it more special with these 25 Easter Egg Hunt ideas + hacks. Find ideas for non-candy egg fillers (like a Puzzle Easter egg hunt), ideas for hunts that use clues to make them more fun, hacks to make your egg hunt fair for older and younger kids, and ideas to make your egg hunt fun for older kids and teens.
Confetti eggs are a super popular family tradition for Cinco de Mayo or Easter. Hollowed out egg shells are filled with confetti, and then everyone has fun trying to crack them over each other’s heads. Learn how to make them from A Pumpkin and a Princess:
Jelly Bean Garden
For a “magical” Easter family tradition, plant a jelly bean garden from My Frugal Adventures (little ones would think this is so much fun!):
“egg” a Neighbor’s House
Share the fun of Easter by hiding filled eggs in a neighbor’s yard. Print out the cute sign and tape it to a neighbor’s door, then hide 12 eggs for them to enjoy finding. Get the printable at Let’s DIY It All.
Easter Bunny Footprints
Amp up your little kid’s excitement by creating a trail of Easter bunny footprints that lead right up to the Easter baskets. Or make footprints outdoors leading to where Easter eggs are hidden! The footprints are made with baking soda, so they’re easy to clean off floors. Get the template from Views From a Step Stool.
Easter Food ideas
Some people love Peeps, and some people hate them, but almost everyone likes s’mores! Tuck graham crackers and chocolate bars (or chocolate bunnies!) into your child’s Easter basket so you can enjoy this treat. From Eclectic Recipes:
Make bunny pancakes for the perfect Easter morning breakfast! These little bunnies are made with mini frozen pancakes, but you easily could make your own pancakes from scratch. Learn more at Hello, Yummy.
Homemade Peanut Butter Eggs
This easy recipe has long been a family favorite! It only takes four ingredients to make homemade Peanut Butter Chocolate Eggs and they taste absolutely amazing. The kids will love helping mix up the chocolate dough, form it into eggs, then dip it into melted chocolate. Decorate with sprinkles or pastel candy melts. Recipe from It’s Always Autumn:
Italian Easter Bread
This version of the classic Italian Easter bread uses dyed, uncooked eggs in nests of sweet bread dough. The bread and eggs bake up perfectly in the oven for the prettiest little loaves you’ve ever seen. They’d be perfect for Easter brunch! Get the recipe from Sprinkle Bakes:
Empty Tomb Rolls
Empty tomb rolls are formed around a marshmallow and covered in cinnamon sugar. The marshmallow melts during baking to leave a space inside the roll that symbolizes the empty tomb. Get the recipe from The Girl Who Ate Everything:
Creamed Eggs on Toast
Use up those hard boiled eggs in creamed eggs on toast for a classic Easter morning breakfast (this was one of our Easter family traditions growing up!). Everyone will love this easy and delicious take on comfort food. And it’s fun to make with eggs that have been dyed because the color sometimes seeps into the cooked egg whites. Recipe from It’s Always Autumn:
Kids will love making Easter eggs out of jello! You used to be able to purchase molds for jello eggs, but they’re hard to find now, so this post shows you how to make your own. They look so pretty set out on a white dish. Get the how to from Squirrels of a Feather.
Religious Easter Traditions
Easter Prayer Countdown
Put together an adorable plastic egg display to celebrate Lent and count down the days to Easter. Place a name inside each egg and open an egg each day, then pray for that person. You could also place service ideas inside each egg. Get the details from Happy Organized Life:
Easter Scripture Eggs
Share the Easter story with Easter scripture eggs: each egg holds a scripture and an object to represent something that happened during the last week of the Savior’s life on earth. (Hang the eggs on a small tree to make your own Easter tree!) Print the scriptures at Your Home Based Mom:
Names of Christ Easter Countdown
This Names of Christ Easter countdown helps build anticipation for Easter Sunday while teaching about Jesus. Each paper strip contains one name of Christ and a scripture verse to read and discuss. Print them out at Not Consumed.
Last Supper Family Meal
This traditions helps your kids learn more about the Last Supper and the important events of Christ’s life in a fun, delicious way. The guide includes everything you need to plan your own Last Supper. Purchase the guide from So Festive.
Christian Easter Week
Hold daily devotionals with your family during the week leading up to Easter, beginning on Palm Sunday. Find a week’s worth of Bible passages and discussion ideas for Christians at Like a Bubbling Brook.
This is a beautiful way to commemorate Good Friday: help your children create a resurrection garden. As you work on it, you can talk about the different elements and how to represent the story of Easter, as well as the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Find instructions at The Frugal Homemaker.
Easter Story Stones
Help your children paint rocks with symbols representing stories from the last week of Christ’s earthly ministry. Then they can use the stones to help retell the story of Jesus. Each year you could make a new set to gift to someone else. Get the instructions at My Joy Filled Life.
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