School holidays are nearly here, and no doubt this means parents are thinking about games and activities to make this time enjoyable for all. There’s plenty of fun to have over the Easter break and beyond, and to help you we’ve compiled some fun Easter activities as well as more general activities that children will love, and learn from at the same time!
Each of these activities can be themed for the Easter break or get creative with your own themes such as Autumn or nature to extend these across the school holidays.
- Get cooking
There is so much for children to learn through cooking. Depending on a child’s age, you can incorporate science, exploring many of the senses such as smell, sight and touch. Add in some maths with measuring and counting ingredients and steps. Take a look here at some great Easter-themed recipes that are simple enough for little helpers to be involved, or try this two ingredient Nutella cake, cut into small slices and wrap up in foil and paper for an easy homemade Easter treat!
- Visit your local library
An endless source of fun and education, the library is a must for children and is accessible in any weather too. Whether you’re looking at Easter books or books about trains, trucks, birds or unicorns, there’s something for everyone. Over school holidays many libraries have special activities for children, so ask at your local library to find out what’s on offer. Making a regular habit of going and borrowing books can also encourage a passion for reading and lay a strong foundation for future learning.
- Sing and dance
There is a song and piece of music for every occasion as far as we are concerned! Turn up your Bonkers songs or any songs children will love and encourage children to sing, dance and express themselves through music. It sounds like a simple activity but you’ll be amazed at how much children gain through singing and dancing. Plus, it’s important to get moving after all the sugary treats we indulge in over Easter! Adults can join in too – sharing some of your own childhood favourite songs can be a great way to make memories together.
- Treasure hunt
A classic Easter egg hunt is always a favourite for children, but there’s no need to hide chocolate and sweets for children to enjoy themselves. Even better, you can take it outside to get some fresh air. For Easter, try hiding a selection of Easter-related objects outside, then create a checklist for children to tick off when they find the items. Alternatively, try an outdoor scavenger hunt that incorporates items from nature and adds a sensory experience through identifying smooth, rough and more.
- Get crafty
Get artsy and crafty with a craft project using paper, glue, pencils, feathers, wool — whatever you have around the home or outdoors. For Easter, you could make Easter hats or baskets, There are thousands of ideas online, but we love this origami for children — lots of fun and a great exploration of the Japanese art of paper folding. These paper bag puppets are colourful, fun and allow for plenty of creativity too.
To gain some more inspiration, hear a story and see some great examples of what Bonkers Beat Music Kinder has done for Easter in the past, visit the Bonkers Beat Music Kinder and Childcare Facebook Page. The opportunities are endless!
Happy Easter everyone!
However you choose to spend this time of year, we wish you a wonderful Happy Easter. It really is such a special, festive time to catch up with loved ones and celebrate Easter and what it means to you. For now, treat yourself, stay safe and keep on singing and stretching!