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Creative alternatives for kids instead of the usual Easter egg hunt

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Posted: Thursday, March 31, 2011 9:37 am | Updated: 9:38 am, Thu Mar 31, 2011.

Coloring Easter eggs, hiding them and hunting for them has been a holiday staple for generations. Every now and then, Easter celebrants desire something different to make this year's fun unique.

There are several different ways to celebrate Easter that don't have to involve hidden eggs. Try out these ideas for some enjoyment.

  • Pin the tail on the Easter bunny: Make a variation on the donkey game by drawing (or buying) a picture of a bunny. Glue some cotton balls to a piece of cardboard to make tails, using double-sided tape on the back. Spin kids around and have them try to attach the tail
  • Treasure hunt: Instead of children racing around to find hidden eggs, parents can draw up a treasure map that takes the children, via different clues, to a special treasure hidden. It could be a chocolate bunny or a basket of treats.
  • Who Am I? Print Easter-related phrases onto cards that then attach to a headband or hat with a small piece of tape or Velcro-type material. The person has to guess the word (without seeing what it is) by the clues others provide.
  • Easter crafts: Scour the craft store for wooden eggs, crosses, baskets, and similar items. Purchase colored pencils or water colors and encourage children to decorate their items. This can keep children busy after the meal when adults want to socialize.
  • Relay races: Enjoy any number of outside games (weather permitting), including relay races with the family.
  • Fashion show: Little girls can model their Easter bonnets and frilly dresses for a family audience.
  • Lucky duck: Parents can create the carnival game at home by marking a painted dot under a few of several rubber ducks that are afloat in a bucket, bathtub or kiddie pool. The children who pick a duck with a mark on the bottom win a prize. 

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