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Fun Easter activities for kids

Are you looking for some creative Easter ideas? Then look no further: we’ve compiled a list of fun (and educational) activities that can be enjoyed in school or at home!

What’s the first thought that comes to mind when you think of Easter? We often associate the occasion with eggs, spring, bunnies and of course, chocolate! And the good news is, the following Easter activities cover all of them.

In this blog, jump to:

Easter activities for EYFS (ages 5 and below)
Easter activities for KS1 (ages 5-7)
Easter activities for KS2 (ages 7-11)


Easter activities for EYFS

These Easter activities are perfect for children aged 5 and under.

Bunny keepsakes

Whether you’re looking for ideas to do at home or in an Early Years setting, bunny footprints are a sure-fire hit! They’re perfect keepsakes for parents and carers, and also make a lovely gift for someone special this Easter.

What you’ll need:

  • White paint
  • Card
  • Paintbrushes
  • White pen or paint
  • Black pen or paint
  • A basin of water, a cloth and towels

What you need to do:

  1. Paint your child’s feet with white paint and print both of their feet side by side onto some card.
  2. Once you’ve done that, draw some bunny ears, a nose, some eyes and whiskers to the heel part of the footprint at the top. And there you have it: the cutest little bunnies! You could even write ‘Some Bunny Loves You’ for an extra sweet gesture.

While painting their feet, you could talk about colours, textures and even count their toes! If they can, encourage them to count along with you.

Colourful egg hunt

Who doesn’t love an egg hunt? This activity is a sure winner for this age group: children are always full of excitement at the thought of hunting down eggs!

What you’ll need:

  • Colourful plastic eggs
  • Something to collect them in (basket, tub, box, bag)

Depending on how many children you’re setting the hunt for, you’ll either want to have at least one egg for each child to find (and explain to them that it’s one egg each so everyone has the chance to find one) or hide enough eggs for one or two children so that the hunt isn’t over in two minutes.

Next, hide the eggs. You’ll know how best to hide them depending on the age and ability of those hunting. Finally, explain the rules to those taking part, and off they go!

This activity is a great opportunity to encourage children to follow instructions, practise their counting skills and promote colour recognition.

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Easter activities for KS1

Are you looking for activities aimed at the 5 to 7 age range? These ones are very ‘eggciting’!

Code eggs

Here’s another version of an egg hunt for older kids. It’s a great opportunity to get some teamwork on the go if you’re in a class setting — or get five more minutes to enjoy a coffee if this is an activity for home.

What you’ll need:

  • Plastic eggs that can open
  • Decoder leaflet
  • Notes in code to put inside the eggs
  • Paper
  • Clipboards
  • Pencils

What you need to do

The best way to start codebreaking is to simply switch letters for numbers. Make a leaflet with instructions and a decoding table to let children know which letter has been switched for each number. Coding is fantastic for logical thinking, and it’ll also help to promote each child’s reading skills.

Next, create clues on where to find each egg, written in the above code, and put them inside the eggs. Place them in a way that follows each clue. Give each team an instruction leaflet and decoder, a clipboard with paper and a pencil. Then, the rest is down to them!

Watch them work together to figure out the clues and enjoy that excitement and sense of achievement they show when they figure out the locations of the hidden eggs.

Chocolate egg nests

I told you there would be chocolate! This tasty activity is a great way to explore number recognition and proportions with children.

What you’ll need:

  • 200g chocolate
  • 85g of Shredded Wheat (cereal)
  • 200g of Mini Eggs (chocolate)
  • 12 Cupcake cases

What you need to do

The recipe for these ingredients can be found on BBC Good Food and is really straightforward. Please keep in mind that Mini Eggs can be a choking hazard; it’s recommended that you crush the eggs before decorating the nest.

This activity is a great way to promote number recognition and to explore measurements of weight by encouraging children to measure out the ingredients.

Join the Doodle Spring Challenge

Designed to encourage a few minutes of daily learning, joining Doodle’s Spring Challenge is the perfect way to boost your child’s confidence and spark their love of learning.

Beginning on the 1st of April, children who use the DoodleMaths and/or DoodleEnglish apps ‘little and often’ can earn a free pin badge and certificate to celebrate their hard work! Find out more about the Spring Challenge.


KS2 Easter activities

Here’s where we bring some fun science into Easter. These next activities are perfect for ages 7-11 years.

Bouncing eggs

Warning, this one can get messy! But, there’s a saying that a messy child is a happy child, so let’s go with it… You’re going to really impress the kids with this one. Will they believe you when you tell them you can make an egg bounce?

What you’ll need:

  • A large container
  • An egg(s)
  • Vinegar (enough to cover an egg)

To carry out this ‘egg-speriment’, you’ll first need to submerge an egg (or eggs) in vinegar for 24 hours. So, if you’re in a class setting, don’t start this activity on a Friday! This should dissolve the shell and leave you with a bouncy egg.

Encourage each child to bounce their eggs and record how high they can drop it from before it breaks. Then, ask them to plot their results on a graph. This is a great opportunity to encourage them to practice drawing graphs and recording data.

Spring science

We mentioned at the start of this blog that Easter can also include spring activities. So, for this one we’re looking at some spring science.

We all know spring is a time when the world starts to awaken again, lambs are born, and flowers start to bloom. This activity will prove that flowers ‘suck up’ water to grow.

What you’ll need:

  • White flowers
  • Jars
  • Food colouring
  • Water

Fill three jars with water and add a splash of food colouring to each. Then, put a flower in each jar and let the kids record the changes over the next day or two. It’s amazing watching the white flowers change colour!

Paint your own eggs

Finally, it wouldn’t be Easter without an array of colourful eggs! This artistic activity is a great way to explore numbers and shapes with children.

What you’ll need:

  • Eggs (one for each child)
  • Colourful paints

What you need to do

  1. Hard boil your collection of eggs to avoid any ‘eggs-polsive’ disasters
  2. Ask each child to paint as many different shapes they can think of onto their egg, such as squares, circles or trapeziums. For an extra level of fun, you could ask them to paint 3D shapes or more intricate 2D shapes, such as octagons!

Conclusion

So, there we have it: ‘egg-cellent’ Easter activities for all ages and abilities. We even managed to include chocolate! All of the above activities are great opportunities to learn — and kids won’t even realise they’re learning because they’ll be having so much fun!

Happy Easter!

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