major occasions throughout the year, Easter has
special meaning when children are involved.
excited in the lead up to Easter – and that lead up
has been extended by shops selling Easter items in
children, of course, are taught about the origins of
Easter and may be involved in some cultural
activities relating to the religious side of Easter.
Other children know of Easter as a time of Easter
Bilby and Bunny and Chocolate.
Many of the
Easter traditions are associated with new life and
growth, and this is another reason Easter and
children are so well suited. The symbols of Easter
are eggs and chickens to represent the start of new
life; in the northern hemisphere, this is a
celebration of the beginning of spring as well as
the rebirth of Christ.
some ways to share Easter with the children in your
life, other than just giving them chocolate eggs.
Give other small
gifts instead of lots of eggs; gifts such as
stickers, stamps, slippers, gardening tools, baskets
and plant seeds all work well.
Die eggs with food
colouring, and decorate with textas. If the eggs are
emptied, the shells can last for years; otherwise,
they can be safely cooked and eaten afterwards.
Have a family
picnic or lunch – include as many relatives of close
friends as possible for a festive occasion.
Make Easter baskets
together – weave strips of paper to make simple
little baskets that hold little items or stick
decorative pieces onto an existing basket.
Have an Easter egg
hunt – but use something else! Hide little toys or
tokens instead of eggs, or have a hunt where
children follow instructions hidden around the place
with one prize at the end.
Make bunny ears or
Easter hats then run a fashion parade!
Play bunny games –
hopscotch, hop-chasey, leap bilbies, Bilby Pokey
(put your bilby ears in…), pin-the-tail on the bilby
To keep treasure
hunts fair and challenging for all players, give
each person a colour to search for. Young children’s
eggs can be in obvious places and older children’s
eggs more hidden without fights over who
got more eggs!
Cook some Easter
treats together – there are many traditional and
themed foods to be made.
Give a hand made
Easter card, or make some with the children.
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