Easter is a great time for outdoor activities with the kids. The sun is starting to show its face, the air is warmer and there is a long weekend to enjoy, so don’t stay inside this Easter!
We’ve put our favourite outdoor activities together to help you make the most of the Easter Holidays…
Easter Egg Hunt
An Easter classic and one that never disappoints! Hide some eggs around the garden (or the house if the weather doesn’t permit) and hold a competition to see who can find the most. You can make the egg hunt more challenging by adding clues or hiding different sized eggs. Alternatively, have a look to see if there are any public Easter egg hunts in your area. This will give your kids all the fun of an Easter egg hunt without the worry of setting up and tidying away.
Top Tip – Make it fair?
Perfect for a group of children of different ages and capabilities. Have each child pick a coloured bucket and only pick up the eggs of the same colour. This will stop the older, faster children from finding all the eggs first and hopefully prevent tears and tantrums. Once each child has all their correct coloured eggs, they can receive a prize.
Take a Hike!
Hiking is a brilliant way to get some exercise and fresh air so why not head out on an adventure in your local area! Keep the children excited by picking a route with lots of interesting things to see and plan regular breaks to stop them getting tired such as a café or ice-cream van. For some tips on walking with kids, check out our hiking with kids guide.
Egg and Spoon Race
Now we’ve all heard of this one! Egg and Spoon races are an easy way to get the kids active with just a box of eggs and a spoon for each competitor. Teaching co-ordination and balance, the aim of the egg and spoon race is to be the first across the finish line with the egg balanced on the spoon. Races can be made more exciting by introducing a relay or making the race three-legged.
Geocaching is a fantastic outdoor activity for kids and adults alike. This activity involves finding various containers (caches) which are left in interesting locations by other passers-by. These containers contain a logbook with messages from other people who have found the cache and some small trinkets and other charms which can be traded. Although kids won’t be able to geocache on their own, they can have fun helping to find the cache and trading items. Inspired….? Take a look at our geocaching guide for more information on how to get started on your Geocaching adventure.
Get the Bikes Out
Easter is the perfect time to dust off the bikes and start cycling again. With longer days and warmer weather, it’s a great time to explore some cycle trails in your local area. If you don’t have your own bikes you can find somewhere local which allows you to rent them out for a day, plus you can return them if the kids get tired.
Camping in the Garden
With a long weekend guaranteed, Easter is a brilliant time to get the kids outside to sleep under the stars in your garden. Pick up a new tent and a cosy sleeping bag bag and enjoy the beauty of sleeping outdoors. If you’re worried about the cold, you can always relocate to the living room and build a fort with the kids indoors. Camping in the garden offers all the fun of sleeping outside but gives you the chance to head indoors should the weather take a turn for the worse!
Hold an Easter Egg Roll race down a nearby hill to see who wins! This traditional game is usually played with hard-boiled, decorated eggs, so grab the paints and let the kids get creative with their individual racing eggs before they set off for the big roll.
Easter Egg Toss
This outdoor Easter game requires players to toss eggs back and forth without dropping them. Any type of egg works for this game, including raw, hard-boiled or plastic eggs…it depends how daring you are! Raw eggs will make a mess when dropped or tossed too hard, adding a layer of chaotic fun to the game. Pairs of players start close together with only a few feet between them. After successfully tossing and catching the egg, the pairs must move back a step each for a greater distance and another throw. Continue widening the gap to make the game more of a challenge.
Have an Easter Parade
Nothing says a half-term activity like arts and crafts, and why not give it an Easter twist! At this time of year, you can easily find some bonnet making kits in the supermarket or online and the Kids will love putting mini chicks and straw on their Easter bonnets! To finish off the design process, you can have them hopping, skipping and jumping around the garden to show off their Easter parade to all the adults.