Easter is fast approaching and for many families that means it's time to start planning the annual Easter camping trip! One thing that we often forget to plan for however, is making sure that there’s enough activities to keep the kids entertained. Luckily for you, we’ve come up with 5 simple Easter-themed activities that are sure to keep the kids busy so that you can get the break from work you deserve!
Easter Egg Hunt
Easter egg hunts are a beloved tradition for many families but they can be even more fun when you’re out camping. Take advantage of all that extra space and plan an elaborate hunt that your kids will never forget!
One simple variation that works great when camping is to give your kids a ‘treasure’ map that leads them from one egg to the next. For added fun, include clues and instructions with each of the eggs such as ‘find the tree with a crooked trunk’ or ‘take 10 bunny hops to the right’.
If you're looking for a unique twist on your traditional Easter egg hunt, why not try starting yours at night? Just grab a few glow sticks and place them next to the eggs so they produce a slight glow when hidden. The kids will have a great time searching for them in the dark and who knows, it might even tire them out enough for an early bed time.
Making your own Easter baskets is great way to get your kids into the Easter spirit and really,
what Easter egg hunt would be complete without a basket to store all of those chocolate goodies? Thankfully, making your own Easter basket is simple, cost-effective and the perfect activity for the kids to get stuck into – whilst you get stuck into a nice bottle of wine and some cheese!
To get started on your own DIY Easter baskets you will need the following:
1. Construction paper or other thick heavy-weight paper such as card stock
2. Hot glue gun
Once you’ve gathered all of your materials, watch this short YouTube video by Sarah Johnson -who does a great job of stepping you through the entire basket making process. Whilst the YouTube tutorial lasts only a bit over 7 minutes, you can expect this activity to take around 45 minutes to an hour to complete. If you’re looking to get extra creative you can also provide your kids with stickers and pens to create some really unique designs.
Tip: If you don’t have a hot glue gun you can just use a regular glue stick – the hot glue gun will hold it together better but the glue stick is much safer for younger children.
Go check out EssyJae’s blog for more holiday craft ideas! https://essyjae.com/2017/06/28/paper-easter-basket-tutorial/
Egg decorating has played an important role in many cultures throughout history but in modern times it’s an art form that most of us associate with Easter. Children love to be involved in the egg decorating process and it’s such a simple activity that it can even be done while you’re out camping.
A quick internet search will tell you that there are many different approaches to decorating an egg, but we think the easiest (and most kid friendly) way by far is to hard boil them in preparation for painting.
All you’ll need to complete this activity is a carton of eggs, some acrylic paints and some fine-pointed paint brushes.
The steps to creating your own decorated easter eggs are as follows:
1.Hard boil your eggs. We recommend boiling for about 15 minutes
2. Leave the eggs to completely cool – about 20 mins
3. Open up your acrylic paints and start painting! The reason we recommend using a fine-pointed brush is because eggs are very small so the smaller brush allows for much more intricate designs
4. Allow the eggs to dry – around 10-15 minutes
There are many ways to decorate your eggs and you can make them as simple or as fancy as you like. Egg decorating is a great way to let your creativity shine so don’t feel like you have to limit yourself to just using acrylic paints. Glitter, sequins and sparkles all make fine additions to any egg!
Get into the racing spirit with this fabulously fun party game. If you decorated your hard-boiled eggs like we mentioned above you can also use them here as part of this crowd-pleasing campground game.
How to play:
To play the egg and spoon race, each player will need a spoon and a hard-boiled egg.
Mark out a finish line on the ground and have your players line up in a row about 50m away.
When you shout ‘go’ each player must make their way towards the finish line all the while balancing their egg out in front of them on their spoon.
The first one to cross the line is declared the winner BUT if you drop your egg you are eliminated from the race.
When playing with young children you can change the rules of the game so that instead of being eliminated (on a dropped egg) they only need to return to the starting point.
You can just use regular eggs for this game but we find that hard-boiled eggs prevent a lot more mess and are much more respectable to the local environment you are camping in.
Happy Camping Everyone!
Be it chilling out at home in your backyard or going camping in the bush – we hope you have a fun and safe Easter this year!
Do you have a trip planned for Easter this year or will you be relaxing at home?