Inside: Here are 9 fun & meaningful Easter activities for kids and grandkids! Art activities, books, baking, Easter egg hunts, and more—something exciting for everyone in the family!
Easter Activities for Kids & Grandkids!
Easter—a wonderful and meaningful international holiday—is right around the corner!
Traditionally, Easter is a Christian holiday commemorating the death and resurrection (new life) of Jesus Christ.
Over the centuries, people throughout the world have adopted various Easter traditions that celebrate new life—the Easter bunny, baby chicks, and hiding and decorating eggs.
We combined the creative traditions of Easter with fun and meaningful Easter activities for kids and grandkids. Here are some of our favorites:
#1 Painted Wooden Easter Eggs
Kids love to paint! And these painted wooden Easter eggs are a great way to start out your Easter celebrations!
Supplies are minimal—just wooden eggs, watercolor paints and you’re good to go!
Make sure you add some gold metallic paint to the mix because this wonderful color makes the eggs look spectacular!
- Paint each wooden egg with watercolor paints
- When dry you can add gold metallic paint
- To dry, stand up in an egg carton
- Use for an Easter display
Inspiration: Art Bar Blog
#2 Cardboard Easter Eggs and Bunnies Mobile
This Easter activity for kids & grandkids involves several steps to completion.
First, the eggs and bunnies templates are cut from cardboard and painted with bubble wrap. Next, the kids/grandkids crush sidewalk chalk into a gritty powder. Then they put lines of glue on the bunnies and eggs and sprinkle the sidewalk chalk over the glue.
While they are drying; wrap yarn around a tree branch and then hang the bunnies and eggs on the branch.
A fun mobile and a great project to teach proprioception, bilateral coordination, and fine motor skills!
- Bunny template
- Egg template
- Bubble wrap
- Tempera paints—pastel colors
- Small rolling pin
- Sidewalk chalk in pastel colors
- Yarn in pastel colors
- Tree branch
- Hole punch
- Cut out 2 bunny templates and 3 egg templates for each child
- Wrap the bubble wrap around the rolling pin and tape in place
- Have each child paint (different colors) on the bubble wrap
- With the rolling pin, roll the paint (with the bubble wrap) onto the cardboard eggs and bunnies
- Let dry
- Put pieces of sidewalk chalk in a plastic bag. Using a hammer, pound the chalk into a gritty powder
- Randomly sprinkle glue on the eggs and bunnies
- Sprinkle the crushed sidewalk chalk over the glue; press down and let dry
- Wind the yarn around the tree branch
- When the bunnies and eggs are dry, punch a hole at the top and tie it to the branch with yarn.
#3 Easter Activities for Kids & Grandkids: Planting Jelly Beans for a Big Surprise!
What makes any holiday exciting are the traditions that children experience. Oftentimes, the traditions we loved as children are passed to the next generation.
For this Easter activity, the grandkids helped us “plant” jelly beans in our planter boxes. We told them that they would grow into something wonderful—and they did! They “grew” into different colors of lollipops!
There’s no way to express a child’s sense of wonder and curiosity when they come out a few hours later to check on their jelly beans and voila! –they’ve become lollipops!
It’s a magical Easter activity; one that your children/grandchildren will never forget and want to repeat year after year!
- Jelly beans
- Gather your children/grandchildren and “plant” jelly beans in planters or garden area
- Without getting caught by your kids/grandkids, take the jelly beans and replace them with lollipops that are sticking out from the ground
- Let your kids/grandkids discover what their jelly bean plants produced!
#4 Shaving Cream Marbled Easter Eggs
Making these marbled Easter eggs are a bit of a mess, but a fabulous sensory project for kids and grandkids.
You use shaving cream, tempera paints, and hard-boiled eggs to create these beautiful eggs.
We did NOT eat these eggs. I put them in the refrigerator at night and during the day, they were part of our Easter decorations.
- Hard-boiled white eggs
- Shaving cream
- Tempera paints
- Wooden stirring stick
- Paper towels
- Hard boil the eggs; cool
- Squirt shaving cream in a bowl
- Carefully squirt up to 3-4 different colors of tempera paint on the shaving cream
- Repeat this for 4-5 different bowls of cream and paint
- With a stick, stir the paint around the shaving cream—but carefully—you do not want the colors to blend together and turn into mud
- Place ONE egg into each shaving cream & paint mixture. Swirl around with a spoon to cover the egg
- Let each egg sit in the mixture for about 15 minutes
- Wipe off the excess shaving cream and paint with paper towels.
Inspiration: Hello Wonderful Co.
#5 Easter Activities for Kids & Grandkids: Lunch in Easter Eggs
Celebrate everything Easter and serve lunch in colorful plastic Easter Eggs!
We took some of our grandkid’s favorite lunch foods—blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, bananas, applesauce, cheese, carrots, peanut butter sandwiches and chips and put them in the plastic eggs and individual egg cartons for their lunches.
This little bit of creativity ensures they will eat their whole lunch!
- Lunch food items for each child/grandchild
- Egg cartons—we cut the egg carton in half; making 6 spaces for plastic eggs w/food
- Plastic Easter eggs (you will use ½ of the egg for each food item)
- Fill each plastic egg with food for your child’s/grandchild’s lunch
- Put the eggs in ½ of an egg carton (6 spaces)
#6 Stamp Painting Easter Bunnies
This Easter activity for kids and grandkids is super easy! All you need are toilet paper rolls that you cut into 3 pieces—one for the round head of the bunny and two for the ears. Hot glue gun all three pieces together; dip in pastel tempera paints and stamp on a poster board.
- Toilet paper rolls—one for each bunny
- Tempera paints in pastel colors
- White poster board
- Googly eyes; bows, etc., to decorate the bunnies
- Hot glue gun
- Cut a toilet paper roll into 3 equal pieces
- Keep one roll round to use for the head; bend the other two into ears
- Using a hot glue gun, glue together to form a bunny’s head
- Dip the bunny head into the paint
- Stamp on white poster board
- Add eyes, bows, whiskers
#7 The Traditional Easter Egg Hunt
Easter is not Easter until you add an Easter Egg Hunt! To mix things up a bit, we put LED lights in some of the eggs and a variety of candy inside the other eggs.
If you decide to do an evening hunt, the LED eggs will glow in the dark!
Hide your eggs all over your yard; give the kids/grandkids an Easter basket and let the hunt begin!
- Plastic Easter eggs in different colors and sizes
- LED tea lights
- Assorted Easter candy
- Easter baskets
- Fill the plastic eggs with LED lights and candy
- Give each child an Easter basket
- Tell them how many eggs per person they can hunt for (to keep things even)
#8 Kids & Grandkids in the Kitchen Making Easter Marshmallow Surprises
In 1991, my son Brandon made “Marshmallow Surprises” at a kid’s cooking class I enrolled him in. He loved them so much that he made them regularly for the family.
Years later, I read online how people were using this simple recipe to teach the concept of the resurrection of Jesus Christ.
Each roll has a marshmallow that melts during the baking process. You can explain to your children that Christ lay in the tomb for 3 days after which He was resurrected and the tomb was found empty—just like the marshmallow disappears.
However, if you do not practice Christian beliefs—this is still a delicious recipe your kids and grandkids will enjoy!
- 2 tubes of Pillsbury Crescent Rolls (8 in each package)
- ½ cup butter
- ½ cup granulated sugar
- 2 Tablespoons cinnamon
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- 2-3 tablespoons milk
- 1 teaspoon butter
- Remove the crescent rolls from the package and cut along perforated lines
- Melt butter
- Combine granulated sugar and cinnamon in a bowl
- Dip marshmallows (one at a time) in melted butter
- Roll marshmallow in cinnamon/sugar mixture
- Put the marshmallow on the corner of the crescent roll
- Roll up and pinch together the roll so the marshmallow is encased
- Dip the entire roll in melted butter
- Place each roll in a muffin tin.
- Put the tin on top of a cookie sheet when baking
- Bake at 375 for 10-12 minutes
- To make frosting; beat together powdered sugar, milk and butter.
- While rolls are hot, frost with frosting
#9 Easter Activities for Kids & Grandkids: Reading Easter Books!
Here is a list of entertaining and fun Easter books for kids/grandkids. Some are religious; others celebrate Easter traditions of bunnies, chicks, and eggs!
- Book of Bunny Farts by Humor Heals Us
- The Berenstain Bears and the Easter Story by Jan & Mike Berenstain
- How to Catch the Easter Bunny by Adam Wallace
- Pete the Cat: Big Easter Adventure by James Dean
- It’s Not Easy Being a Bunny by Marilyn Sadler
- There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Chick by Lucille Colandro
- Easter Egg Day by Tara Knudson
- The Good Egg by Jory John
- The Little Rabbit by Nicola Killen
- God Gave Us Easter by Lisa Bergren
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