Easter is one of the most joyful and anticipated holidays of the year (next to Christmas, perhaps). It signals the end of the long, gray winter season that begins after New Years and seems to stretch on and on until finally, one day, green grass and tiny flowers start popping out of the snow. The coming of Easter means that Spring has finally sprung, with the rebirth of plant and animal life and the ability to finally get out of the house without the need for hats and scarves, and enjoy the rapidly-warming weather. Here are some great Easter egg games will ensure that the kids have lots of fun on Easter.
Egg Hunts, With Variations
Let’s get the basics out of the way first. Hide the eggs. Either let the littler children have a head start or have separate hunts for the older and younger kids. Alternately, pair each little child with an adult who has prior knowledge of where the eggs are hidden. Otherwise, the school-age kids will wipe the area clean of eggs before a toddler can even get going. Another way to level the playing field is to buy plastic eggs in a variety of colors, and assign each child a color. The winner can be the person who finds all of his eggs first. Another fun variation is to have golden eggs with money or gift certificates as special prizes.
Easter Egg Race
Divide children into two teams. Give each child a tablespoon and a bucket full of plastic or hardboiled Easter eggs. Place large Easter baskets a short distance away from each child. Have the children place an egg on the spoon, and then holding the end of the spoon in their mouths, walk across the yard to put the egg in the basket. No hands allowed. Anyone who drops an egg has to start over.
Steal the Egg
This game requires two teams and a referee. Grown-ups can play with the kids. Team members are numbered, so that each team has a number one, number two, etc. The teams line up opposite each other, and a plastic Easter egg is placed in the middle. The referee calls out a number, and the two players with that number approach the middle of the field. The object is to pick up the egg and get back to your line without being tagged by the other player. If a player succeeds in doing so, his or her team gets a point. If the player is tagged, the other team gets a point. Ten points wins the game. A player can be tagged only after picking up the egg, so strategy is important. Is it best to go for the egg, or wait for the other person to pick it up?
Maybe you can’t be at the annual egg roll at the White House, but you can start your own Easter tradition at home. Each child is given a hard-boiled Easter egg. The object is to get it from the starting line to the finish line. There are several ways to roll the egg. The White House version allows the kids to push it with a spoon. An alternative is to push the egg with the feet without cracking the shell. Alternately, the kids can be instructed to get on their hands and knees and push their eggs with their noses. The egg roll can be held outside if the weather is nice, or inside if the weather doesn’t co-operate.
Funny Bunny Games
Easter bunny is traditionally the counterpart of Santa clause, who brings gifts for children on the special occasion. Funny and challenging games involving the cute Easter rabbit can be played. For instance, you can play Pin the Tail on the Bunny, Egg Bowling and even Bunny, Bunny Hop. Bunny can also be decorated in a new style, to pep up the mood of the games.
Candy Egg Toss
Put three hula hoops on the ground in a triangle pattern. If you have six hoops, you can place them in a pyramid pattern. Tell the players the point value for each hoop. The one farthest away is worth the most points. Give each participant five candy eggs to throw from behind a designated line. Each time a player throws a piece of candy which lands in a hoop, he or she gets that point value. If players are old enough to keep a running total of their points, the game can go for several rounds. Younger players can be allowed to stand closer to the hoops to make their tosses.