Easy Easter ideas for kids

Easter is a great time of year to get together with family and friends and have fun with traditional games.

An Easter egg hunt is one of the most popular forms of Easter entertainment for people of all ages and organising one is easy and fun to do.

Your first family activity is to get creative with the kids and make some themed Easter invites for your family and friends. Make sure you send these out a few weeks before your Easter party so they can get the date in their diary.

Next, stock up on Easter eggs and treats to hide in nooks and crannies of your home and garden.

Then make clues to finding the hiding places of the eggs and treats .  Giving each child a treasure map to hunt for chocolate treats is a fun way of doing this.

Giving each child their own treaure map with their eggs secret location marked on it is a great way of making sure everyone goes home with a treat .

To make an Easter egg hunt map you will need :

  • Paper
  • A cold cup of tea (without milk)
  • Paint brush
  • Matches, a lighter or a candle
  • Pens, pencils, crayons
  • Ribbon

Your first task is to make the Easter egg hunt map look as though it’s hundreds of years old and has been passed down through generations of Easter egg hunters .   You do this by using cold tea to stain the paper to give it an ancient look .  All you need to do is give the paper a wash with the cold tea, using the paint brush, and then allow it to dry.  The best way to dry the paper is to peg it out on a washing line .

When dry you can make your Easter egg hunt map look even more tattered by carefully scorching the edges of the paper .  The best way to do this is carefully hold each of the edges of the paper over a small flame until they start to singe or catch fire . Then quickly blow out any flames so you have a tatty, singed edge.

Alternatively you could just tear the edges of the map to give it a antique feel .

Next you need to draw the map of where you plan to hide your Easter eggs.  Roughly sketch out the area and then add a bit more detail to assist your hunters .  It doesn’t have to be perfect but give a overall idea of your home or garden.  To make it more fun you could name particular areas.  “The Lair of the Easter Bunny”, “Egg Man’s Creek”, “The Easter Chick’s Nest”..  Be inventive and creative in putting your map together.

When your Easter egg hunt maps are ready you then need to hide your eggs and mark the map with a cross (or an egg) to show where they are hidden.

The finishing touch for your Easter egg hunt map is to roll it up and seal it.  You can either tie it with a length of ribbon, or seal it with wax.  To seal it with wax, light a candle and then drip the hot wax onto the map.  You could even make your own seal to press into the wax by cutting a shape into a small potato and pressing it into the wax before it’s cold.

Your maps are now ready for the Easter egg hunters.  Issue one to each party guest and wish them happy hunting.

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