Most of us are staying safe at home this Easter due to the coronavirus, but that doesn’t mean that the holidays can’t be fun.
Here’s our round up of the best – and free – ideas to keep them and the whole family entertained this weekend, and in the weeks to come. Even better, they can all be enjoyed using the kind of things we already have around our home.
1. Easter Egg Hunt
Easter’s not Easter without an egg hunt, and you can still enjoy a cracker at home.
Make it even more fun by getting a little creative with hiding places if you’re a bit limited in garden space. Or why not make it interactive, leave clues or do it blindfold.
Check out these hunt hints and tips for the most egg-citing fun for the family.
2. Take a trip to the farm or the zoo or the theatre (without leaving your living room)
From Buckingham Palace to Chester Zoo, West End theatres to the Lake District National Park, the world is literally our oyster this Easter. Virtually, anyway.
There are so many top UK tourist attractions, musicals and theatre shows that we can visit our own homes, thanks to amazing interactive virtual tours and webcams.
Take a look online what’s available and plan your jam-packed Easter itinerary – without stepping outdoors or spending a penny.
3. Have a disco
Turn off the lights, clear some space and log on to YouTube to find some videos of disco flashing lights to play on your laptop or tablet. You can also get free online disco strobe lighting.
Once we’ve set the scene, the music can play, and the kids will feel like they’re at a real school disco. Why not create a mini tuck shop in the kitchen with bags of sweets and crisps. There could even be a bit of mum and dad dancing too.
4. Host a quiz night
Give the TV a break and get gather everyone together for a quiz night. which could be on topics ranging from music to sport, and if their grandparents are technologically savvy enough them get them involved on FaceTime or Zoom too.
The prize could be choosing a takeaway, an Easter egg or perhaps just the joy of the winner knowing they are the biggest brainbox in the family.
Check out this round up of the best virtual pub quizzes to download and play.
5. Bake a cake
You’ll find lots easy Easter recipes to make with the kids here too.
If not, they could just help out with cooking dinner and learn some new skills and in the future do it for themselves.
6. Create an obstacle course in the garden
Let’s make the most of the sunshine, lighter evenings and warmer temperatures and burn off some energy with an outdoor obstacle course. It’s a really fun was to keep the family active and entertained and can be made with things around the house such as plant pots, tennis balls and books which can be balanced on the head. See who can complete the course in the quickest time, or do it as a relay.
7. Go on a treasure or nature hunt
There is lots of fun to be had indoors or outdoors with a treasure hunt.
Give each child a bag with a list of what they have to find – such as a leaf, a flower, a stick, a stone. Afterwards, the items you collect could be made into a nature picture. You can get more ideas from the Woodland Trust here.
If the weather turns or you’d rather stay indoors, hide letters or words around the house. Then set the kids off to find them and then get them to make up words and sentences. They won’t even realise they’re learning.
8. Blast out your favourite songs with at-home karaoke
Lots of online karaoke websites and apps are offering free trials at the moment and, as a result, the popularity of home karaoke is soaring.
9. Create your own car for a drive-in movie
We all know how much kids love playing with big cardboard boxes – often more than what actually came inside it.
So, if you have a big cardboard box to hand, why not turn it into a car for your littler ones to play in. Get them to help paint it too. Then add a cushion for a seat, throw in some movie snacks, pop on a film and there you have it.
10. Grow retro cress heads
Most of us probably made these as a child and remember doing so fondly. So why not make them with the kids who are sure to enjoy watching them grow.
CBeebies Mr Bloom talks you through how to do it here – all you need is a yoghurt pot, cotton wool and, of course, cress seeds. Or swap the pot for an egg shell with living cress hair like these. They’ll make really fun Easter table decorations.