Easter Activities for Kids and Parents
Easter is an important celebration for children to learn about. If you’re looking for ways to celebrate it with your children, check out our easy Easter activities for kids in KS1 and KS2. We have selected these activities because they are easy to do and don’t require lots of resources that need to be specially bought.
Why do people celebrate Easter?
Easter is a Christian festival but it can be easy for children to think Easter is just about chocolate eggs and Easter bunnies. At Easter time, Christians remember the last week of Jesus’ life. They think about Jesus’ death and resurrection. Share the Easter story with your children to help them understand the origins of this festival.
Teachers and homeschooling families: if you’re looking for more in-depth lesson planning on the Easter story, check out our Easter Beginnings (KS1) RE lessons, or our Why is Easter important? Year 4 RE lessons, or one of our Special Days Easter Celebrations schemes.
Make an Easter basket or box
Challenge your children to design and decorate an Easter basket or box using their imagination, or provide them with a free Easter basket template or a free Easter box template that they can make themselves.
The colouring in part of this activity can be done by children of any age, but the cutting, sticking and assembly parts are more suited to older primary-aged children.
Create handmade egg decorations to display this Easter. This activity involves several steps and drying times. Parts of the activity are very fiddly. We would recommend this activity for children in Year 5 or 6.
- First wash out the shells of cracked eggs. If possible keep the two sides of the egg shells in their pairs to help you match them later. Wait for them to dry.
- Glue the two shells back together and cover them with tissue paper. The tissue paper will reinforce the joined cracked eggs together. Wait for the tissue paper to dry.
- Decorate the covered eggs using paper or paint.
Note: Always wash your hands after touching the egg shells.
Easter Number Challenge
Place numbered eggs in a basket and challenge your children to work out the total value of the basket. Or extend the challenge by giving your children a basket with a total and ask them to place eggs equalling the total into the basket.
You can use this free basket and eggs template, or use your own baskets and make your own eggs.
Easter Egg Hunt
Add an extra element to your Easter egg hunt by making a treasure map that reveals a route to the eggs. This gives you the opportunity to hide the eggs in more obscure places which will lengthen out the hunt and develop your children's orienteering skills.
If making a map is a bit more of a challenge than you’re after, you could write clues for the children to decode!
These variations on the typical egg hunt will be especially useful if you need to do the hunt in a small indoor space.
Make stained glass Easter themed window decorations using black paper, tissue paper and glue.
- Cut out the shape you would like to display. You could make eggs, rabbits, chicks, religious crosses, flowers or anything that takes your fancy.
- Place strips of black paper across the design. We found this made sticking the tissue paper easier.
- Rip or cut tissue paper and stick it inside your design.
- Wait for your design to dry and then display it in the window.
This is just a small selection of our Easter activity ideas. We have loads more on our Pinterest Easter Crafts and Activities Board.