In light of COVID-19, I know that many people will be missing the big events this year and celebrating Easter at home. Growing up, we always did egg hunts at my Grandmother's house and activities surrounding the big day that made it feel so special. I am going to try to recreate some of those experiences with Noah this year. Here are some of my top suggestions for making the most of this holiday from home.
1. Dye Easter Eggs
All you need to dye Easter eggs are eggs, water, vinegar, and food coloring. Here are some instructions to get you started. You can also try creating masking tape designs before dunking your eggs. This list has lots of other unique ideas too.
2. Open Easter Baskets
Although you may not have gone shopping for an Easter basket, I have some suggestions that might work.
-Include your child's favorite snack. You could even make homemade cookies or brownies.
-Look through your gift stash if you keep one.
-Try ordering gifts online and having them shipped to you.
-Make something special for your child.
Noah's basket this year has a watering can, two stories, wooden peg dolls David and I painted, swim trunks, forks and spoons he needed, Grimms giant marbles and a Grimms Rainbow. We also got him a water table for playing outside. I wouldn't normally give him this much for Easter but since we have been stuck at home I thought it was a great time to add more play options.
3. Have an Easter Egg Hunt
Some of my favorite memories as a child are hunting for Easter eggs at my Grandmother's house. She would fill the eggs with our favorite candy (and money) and we would compare spoils at the end of the day. There are actually many advantages to hosting your own egg hunt: you can make it more or less challenging to fit your child, you can avoid allergens or choose healthy options, you get to have all of the fun of hiding the eggs, and you can repeat this process multiple times until you run out of supplies or the children get tired. This year, Noah is getting Cheerios, bunny grahams, bunny gummies and cheddar bunnies in his eggs. I also saw a really cool idea where each child had their own color of eggs (blue, green, yellow etc.) and they could only collect eggs of that color which would be helpful if you wanted to keep things even between multiple kids.
4. Do an Easter Craft
Here are some adorable Easter activities to try in the days leading up to Easter. Some of these will even take advantage of all those TP rolls people seem to be hoarding.
5. Stream an Easter service
There are many options for streaming services at home. You can worship in your pajamas or you can get dressed up. We will probably do the latter and get our traditional Easter picture outside.
Regardless of how you choose to celebrate, I hope that you have a very special Easter with the ones you love.