One of the most anticipated holidays of the season is almost here — Easter! If you’re celebrating with little ones around, we’ve got six great game ideas to make this a memorable holiday for the entire family. All of these activities can be enjoyed outdoors because you don’t want to waste a beautiful spring day. Don’t forget to check Flipp for all the amazing seasonal deals on food, decor, and accessories to plan this fun-filled event without going over budget.
1. Egg Dyeing
Set up an Easter egg painting station outside in the yard and let the kiddos get messy to their heart’s content. You will need to prep the eggs ahead of time. Flipp tip: make sure you use white eggs, as they’re better at retaining color.
You will need:
- Prepped white eggs
- White vinegar
- Food coloring of different colors
- Cups or small bowls
- Warm water
Prep the eggs by either hard-boiling them or by poking a hole on both ends of the egg and blowing out the contents. To prep the dye, fill cups or bowls ¾ full with warm water, then add 1 tbsp of vinegar. Add 1 tsp of food coloring to each and mix. Use the spoons to dip the eggs into the cups.
2. Easter Bunny Says
This is a fun twist to the classic game Simon Says.
You will need:
- A basket
- Handwritten notes with commands
Prep an Easter basket with little notes, each with a command written on it, for example, “Bunny says hop three times.” Designate someone the Easter Bunny, they’ll be the one pulling commands and reading them aloud. Create a few commands that don’t include “Bunny says.” If a command without “Bunny says” is read, whoever performs the activity is out.
3. Jelly Bean Race
This is a great one for kids and adults to play together. Split everyone up into two equal teams mixed with kids and adults and see the fun unravel.
You will need:
- 4 baskets
- 2 spoons
- Jelly beans
- 2 tables
On one side of the yard, set up one table for the starting station with two empty baskets. On the opposite side of the yard set up the other table with two baskets filled with equal numbers of jelly beans, one basket for each team.
The first player in line for each team must race to the table and place as many jelly beans as they can on their spoons. They must then race back and dump their jelly beans into the empty basket and hand the spoon off to the next player, who has to do the same. Play continues in this manner until one team has transferred all of their jelly beans. If a runner drops any jelly beans in the course of the race, they must go back and start over.
4. Hungry Bunny Toss
Switch out the classic bean bag toss game for this silly and on-theme version. Draw a bunny on a big cardstock or cut a flat piece of cardboard from a big box. Cut out a big hole for the mouth of the bunny and another for the belly. Check the original tutorial from Pink Stripey Socks. You can use bean bags, filled plastic eggs, or tennis balls to throw, and can even come up with your own points system to get the competition started.
5. Pin the Tail on the Bunny
Create your own Pin the Tail on the Bunny game with a few cheap supplies. Here’s an example from Ella Claire & Co. All you need is a big cardstock and some markers. Draw a big bunny or even print your favorite bunny picture on multiple pages. This video tutorial from the DIY Cottage will show you how to print a big image using a regular printer. For the tail, cut out a round tail shape out of cardstock.
6. Easter Egg Hunt
Truly a classic, but we couldn’t leave it off the list. Get a pack of cheap, fillable plastic eggs for an afternoon of fun. Fill these up with small toys, your favorite Easter candy, like mini eggs or jelly beans, or even numbers that correspond to prizes. Prizes don’t have to be expensive; think coloring books, bunny ears, plushies, etc… Hide them around the yard and let the search begin! You know the drill.
We hop that we’ve helped make this Easter one to remember with these simple game ideas because you don’t need to spend a lot of money to create a fun and “eggs-citing” day for the entire family.