Along with preparing special foods and decorations for an Easter party, you can also make holiday games to add to the festivities. By creating the Easter games yourself, you can tailor-make them to suit your family and friends. Some games may even begin a tradition that becomes a part of each year’s Easter celebration.
Conjuring up the Easter Bunny and Peter Cottontail is a starting point for making kids’ games. Bunny paw prints cut from felt and stuck to the floor with double-stick tape create a path that challenges kids to hop on, using one or two feet as the path indicates. For a bunny relay, each team receives a bag filled with bunny ears on a plastic headband, a pom-pom tail with a large safety pin, and an eyebrow pencil for drawing whiskers. The first person in line costumes the next runner who, after completing a bunny lap, costumes the next runner.
Kids can become part of the Easter hat tradition when you prepare games involving headgear. For girls, Easter party hosts can prepare10-inch donut-shaped rings, cut with holes that make them fit snugly on the girls’ heads. The girls use these as a basis for a competitive hat-decorating contest. Or, hosts can construct plain formal top hats following directions at the How to Make a Hat website, and then let kids compete to see who can decorate theirs the most outrageously.
Searching for candy eggs or an Easter basket can take on a new spin with some easily prepared find it games. Family Fun suggests an Easter morning yarn maze that has kids following a maze of yarn that eventually leads to their Easter baskets. Another find-it game has kids looking for lettered construction paper eggs until they’ve found the right ones to spell out “Happy Easter.”
With a little preparation, party givers can make Easter treats the basis for several games. Using a tub of icing, some jelly beans and a plastic knife, kids can compete to see who can be the first to ice an Easter cupcake, and top it with 20 jelly beans. Party hosts can prepare a large sugar cookie bunny rabbit (or a cardboard cutout) for each guest. Kids frost their bunnies, and then attempt to be the first to cover the frosting with miniature marshmallows completely.
Using oval-shaped balls, available at party shops, adds to the fun when playing these Easter target games, but regular balls can also be used. Another option is to sew egg-shaped beanbags in pastel colors. For a game that will last through many holidays, an Easter basket is painted on a large piece of plywood. Kids try to toss the balls through egg-shaped holes cut in the plywood. Kids can also toss beanbags or balls into baskets in a variety of sizes. All are set up in a row, with the number of points painted on the front of each.