Easter is a cherished time. Kids look forward to celebrating the holiday with their friends and family. So why not throw a party for your child and his friends and let them celebrate Easter together. Here are some great Easter activities and games to keep the kids entertained:
Egg Decoration Contest: A great Easter party activity for young kids is an egg coloring contest. For this activity you will need to make some beforehand preparations. Arrange the decorating supplies like egg dye, paint brushes, glitter, glue, small sliver and golden stars, sketch pens and of course eggs. Then ask each of your guests to decorate the eggs as they like. The most beautifully decorated egg gets a prize and later on your guests can take these decorated eggs home.
Making Bunny Ears: There are many ways to make bunny ears, and this is one of the easiest and most kid friendly. Start with some white construction paper and cut a 2 inch strip that is long enough to wrap around the child’s head. Next cut out bunny ears from the white poster board. These should ideally be 5 or 6 inches long. Once the bunny ears are cut out, you can color the inside of the ear with pink marker or crayon, or even glue a smaller pink construction paper ear on the inside. The next step is to staple the bunny ears onto the poster board band. Place the poster board band around the child’s head and adjust the size. Then remove it and staple the poster board band together to complete the bunny ears. Kids will love wearing these for the Easter holiday!
Decorate Easter Cookies: A very fun easter activities for kids is decorating Easter cookies. Before your party, make large egg-shaped sugar cookies. You can make these using store bought sugar cookie dough or make your own (see our recipe below). Purchase or make some vanilla frosting and separate it into three or four different bowls. Color each bowl of frosting using various pastel food coloring. The kids can then pick which color of frosting they would like to use to decorate their cookie. You can also provide various sprinkles and candies to decorate the cookies even further. If you want to make the preparation simple, consider purchasing this wonderful cookie decorating kit (see photo above) from William’s Sonoma. It is sure to make your party a big hit!
Simple Sugar Cookies:
1 cup butter, softened
1 cup granulated sugar
1 large egg
1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla
3 cups all-purpose flour
1-1/4 teaspoons baking powder
Directions: Combine the butter and sugar in your mixer and beat until light and fluffy. With the mixer running on low, add the egg and vanilla. In a separate bowl mix together flour and baking powder. Add gradually in intervals. Continue to mix until completely combined. Divide the dough into 3 separate rounds and wrap with plastic wrap. Refrigerate for at least an hour, or until firm. This step is important to help the dough come together.
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper or a non-stick baking mat. Working with one round of dough at a time, roll out dough between 2 sheets of waxed paper. Once rolled the dough should be between 1/4 to 1/3 inch think. Cut out shapes with cookie cutters and place on prepared baking sheets. Bake cookies for 7-8 minutes, rotating halfway through, until edges of the cookies just start to turn golden. Remove cookies and let sit on the baking sheet for 1-2 minutes before transferring to a cooling rack.
Allow the cookie sheet to cool completely before placing the next batch of cookies on it. In the meantime, use the second baking sheet. Be sure to only bake one sheet of cookies at a time, as this will ensure evenly baked cookies. Once the cookies have cooled completely, you can decorate with your favorite icing. This recipe makes approximately 24 cookies, depending on the size of your cookie cutters.
Plan some great Easter activities to keep the party rolling!!