Making Easter Fun and Meaningful While Staying Home

With stay-at-home mandates and social distancing in full effect, Easter is going to look different this year. Families won’t be engaging in the usual public egg hunts, church services, and feasts with friends, but that doesn’t mean you can’t find ways to still make Easter fun and meaningful at home this year. Here are some ways to celebrate and make memories at home this year as your family will always remember the Easter you stayed at home.


Egg hunt :: You can do this in your house or yard. Consider the usual candy fillers, or use non-candy items like stickers, money, temporary tattoos, hair bands, erasers and bouncy balls. You could even organize a neighborhood scavenger hunt one in which those participating hang a colored Easter egg in their window.
Dye eggs :: You can buy an easy egg dying kit, or make your own natural dye.
Science experiments :: Here are a few you can do with Peeps. Or you can fill plastic Easter eggs with different kinds of items to see if they sink or float.
Sensory bin :: Make a sensory bin with Easter specific items including plastic grass, plastic eggs, pastel colored rice or pasta, small bunny erasers or any small Easter toys you can find.
Watch an Easter movie or show :: Here is a good list available on Netflix.
Yard games
Mad Libs
Plant flowers :: Bonus: you can discuss how seeds have to die to bring new plant life and draw a parallel to the resurrection message of Jesus.


Coloring pages :: You can print these free printable coloring pages.
Paint filled egg canvas :: Kids will love throwing eggs filled with paint at a blank canvas to make their own art.
Sock bunny :: Use a mismatched socks to make a no-sew sock bunny.
Chick fork painting :: This craft is cute and easy, although I do recommend using a plastic fork for easy cleanup.
Egg printing :: All you need is some paint and plastic eggs for this easy egg stamping even a toddler can do.
Paper plate bunny
Toilet paper roll bunny
Cotton ball bunny
Egg sun-catchers
String eggs :: Not only are these an easy fun craft, but they make for cute festive decorations once complete.
Random acts of kindness :: Involve the kids in spreading love and care to those who could use it right now. Draw pictures to mail to friends or grandparents and pray for them while you draw. Drop off snacks or a meal to someone in need.
Jelly bean guessing :: Fill a jar with jelly beans and have everyone guess how many are in it. Think of a reward for the winner like a special treat, or no chores for the day.
Egg and spoon race :: You can buy this set, or make your own with an egg and kitchen spoon. Tip: If you want to avoid mess hard-boil the egg first.


Resurrection rolls :: These even come with a free printable to explain the story of the resurrection.
Graham cracker Peep house :: These are easy to put together with no actual cooking involved.
Hot cross buns :: These are an Easter classic.
Easter bread ::I haven’t made this bread myself, but NOLA local, Joy the Baker, has never steered me wrong before so I trust her on this.
White chocolate Easter bark
Rice krispie eggs
Peeps s’mores
Bunny bait
Crinkle cookies
Bunny cake :: For Easter my MIL bakes a bunny cake and covers it in icing, then  she gives my kids a bunch of candy to decorate it with. This is always a hit.


Online church :: Although churches are not currently gathering in person, most are hosting live stream online services.
Read Easter books :: You can order some or I was able to find free Easter ebooks using my library card and both the hoopla and liby free apps.
Family holy week Bible plan :: I love that this plan even includes discussion questions to ask the kids.

Shannon Mangerchine
Shannon lives in Central City, New Orleans with her husband, Jeremy, and three sons, Noah, Eli and Zeke. She left a career in Human Resources to take on her dream of being a stay-at-home mom. During this time, she and her husband founded a non-profit called Bastion Resources with the purpose of inspiring others to live a life of intimacy with God. Shannon is passionate about creating community and engaging in meaningful conversation around the dinner table. Recently, she created The Intentional Daily Journal to help people live with more purpose and clarity, which is available for purchase on Amazon. In her free time, Shannon enjoys all types of fitness, trying new restaurants, reading and discussing books with her book club, coffee dates with friends and hanging at the park with her family. Shannon is constantly creating new healthy recipes and sharing them on her blog Dinner Done by 9am.


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