Each player receives a hard-boiled egg. Indicate the starting line and the finish line. The first player to roll their egg over the finish line wins. You decide how players get their egg across the line: they can either stand and push the egg with their feet, of get down on their hands and knees and push the eggs with their noses.
Easter egg bowling:
You will need several hard-boiled eggs. All of the eggs should be coloured except for one. Set the white egg up on the lawn or carpet. Every player gets a chance to see who can roll their coloured egg closest to the white egg. Alternatively, use a chocolate Easter bunny as the target. The winner of the game gets the chocolate bunny.
Easter bunny tag:
This is a game of tag where players must hop instead of run.
The wolf and the eggs:
One player is the wolf and the others are Easter eggs. Before the game begins, the eggs decide what colour they are going to be. The eggs then face the wolf, who begins to guess colours. If the wolf guesses a player’s colour, the player must step forward one step, spell the colour (older children only!) and then run a predetermined route before running back to the other players, called the “basket”. If the egg makes it back to the basket, he chooses a new colour and play continues. If the wolf tags the egg before s/he gets back to the basket, that player becomes the wolf.
Steal the egg:
The game requires two teams and a referee. Team members are numbered, so that each team has a number one, number two etc. The teams line up opposite each other and a plastic Easter egg is placed in the middle. The referee calls out a number and the two players with that number approach the middle of the field. The object is to pick up the egg and get back to your line without being tagged by the other player. If a player succeeds in doing so, his or her team gets a point. If the player is tagged, the other team gets a point. Ten points wins the game.
Divide all players into teams of two. Line the players up into two rows so that the partners are facing each other. Give every player in the first row a raw egg. They will toss it to their partner in the second row. After tossing the egg the players take a step back so that the distance between them and their partner is larger. The second player will then toss their egg and take a step back. Repeat this until there is only one team left.
Walk the egg:
For this game you will need two hard boiled eggs and one spoon for each player. Divide the players into two teams and have them form a line so that each player on one team is standing side by side. The first child in line puts an egg on their spoon and passes it to the next person in line. The egg can only be passed from spoon to spoon. No one can touch it with their hands. The egg must go all the way to the end of the line and then back to the person at the front of the line. The team to get their egg at the front of the line first wins.
Egg and spoon race:
For this game you will need enough hard boiled or raw eggs and one spoon for each player. Players will hold their egg in their spoon. They must get from the starting line to the finish line without dropping the egg.
Egg in spoon relay race:
Players are divided into two teams. Each team is divided into two groups, one at Point A, one at Point B. The first player is given an egg in a spoon to carry from Point A to Point B. At that point the egg and spoon is handed off to the next competitor, who carries it back to Point A to the next competitor. A dropped egg means the person carrying the egg must go back to where s/he started from. The first team to complete the relay wins.
Pass the Easter egg:
For this game you will divide players into even teams. Line the teams up and give each team a plastic or a hard-boiled egg. The first person on each team will put the egg under their chin. They must pass the egg from their neck and chin to the neck and chin of the player next to them. They may not touch the egg with anything else. If a player drops the egg it must go back to the front of the line and start over. The first team to get their egg all the way to the end of the line wins.
Duck walk race:
You will need to create a starting line and a finish line for this game. Each player will stand at the starting line, squat down and grab their ankles with each hand from behind. When everyone is ready say “go” and the players must waddle like a duck to the finish line. The player who crosses the line first wins.
Bunny hop race:
You will need to set up a starting line and a finish line. Instead of running, the children will hop to the finish line. The first person to cross the line is the winner.
How many eggs?
For this game you will need a large glass jar filled with chocolate eggs, scrap paper, an Easter basket and a few pencils. Place the jar of eggs in a place where everyone can see it. The children must guess how many eggs are in the jar, write their names and a guess on a piece of paper and place the paper in the Easter basket. The child who guesses closest wins the jar of chocolate eggs.
Pin the tail on the Easter Bunny:
This game is just like “pin the tail on the donkey”.
You will need to create a large picture of a bunny and several paper bunny tails. Hang the picture of the bunny on the wall and place a piece of Prestik on each bunny tail.
Blindfold your child, spin him/her around a few times and then have him/her attempt to get their tail onto the picture of the bunny.
Candy egg toss:
Put three hula hoops on the ground in a triangle pattern. If you have six hoops, you can place them in a pyramid pattern. Tell the players the point value for each hoop. The one farthest away is worth the most points. Give each participant five candy eggs throw from behind a designated line. Each time a player throws a piece of candy which lands in a hoop s/he gets that point value. If players are old enough to keep a running total of their points, the game can go for several rounds. Younger players can be allowed to stand closer to the hoops to make their tosses.
What’s in the Easter basket?
For this game you will need a large box. Let your child decorate it by drawing or painting easter pictures on it before the game starts. Put some items into the box (items can be whatever you like, e.g. bubbles, an easter egg, a yoyo etc.). Let all players take turns reaching into the box without looking and picking up one item. They have to feel the item and try to guess what it is using touch only. Let the children keep the item they pulled out if they guessed correctly.
Easter memory game:
For this game you will need twenty cards with Easter themed pictures (make sure that you have two cards with the same picture on the back, but do not repeat the same picture on more than two cards). Lay the cards on a table or on the floor with the pictures face down. Players take turns flipping over two cards. They must try to remember where the pictures are. Once a child finds a match they pick up the cards and keep them until the game is over. The person with the most cards at the end of the game is the winner.
Use your Easter cards to play SNAP.
Easter egg hunt:
Hide the Easter eggs in the garden. Let the children search for the eggs and divide the winnings between the children.
Hot Boiled Egg:
Fill a plastic egg with something to give it a little weight. Tape it closed. Players sit/stand in a circle. When the music starts, the players must pass the “hot boiled egg” around the circle. When the music stops, the person left holding the egg is out. Play continues until only one person is left.
Decorating Easter eggs:
You will need candy coated Easter eggs, some food colouring and ear buds. Let your child decorate his/her own Easter egg by drawing/colouring on the Easter egg.
Decorated Easter eggs:
- You will need one/two eggs per child, onions cut into quarters, red cabbage, wool, wax crayons or felt-tip pens, glue, saucepans and water.
- Boil the eggs for five minutes or until they are hard. Alternatively, older children can “blow” raw eggs by making a little hole at either end of the egg with a pin and blowing out the contents into a bowl.
- Place the onion plus skin in a saucepan and cover with water. Bring to the boil and simmer for five minutes to extract the colour from the onion. This will create a yellow dye. To make a red dye boil some chopped red cabbage for five minutes. Allow both dyes to cool.
- Use the wax crayons to make a pattern on the eggs and then immerse them in the dye of your choice.
- Remove the eggs after an hour. All the areas except those covered by the wax will have been coloured by the dye.
- Alternatively cover the egg with glue and wind some wool around it to make a pattern. Immerse it in the dye for an hour. Remove the wool, when it is completely dry and reveal the pattern.
- You can also make faces or patterns by drawing directly onto the egg using felt-tip pens or paint. Glue on pieces of wool to make the hair or wind it around the egg to make a hat.
- Using a compass, draw a circle of 30cm in diameter on two pieces of cardboard. Let your child cut out both circles.
- Cut out another circle from the centre of both pieces of card approximately 7.5cm in diameter.
- Place the two pieces of card together and tie them together by winding yellow wool round and round through the hole in the middle. Continue this until all the card has been covered with a thick layer of wool and the hole in the middle has been filled.
- Carefully cut through the wool on the outer edge of the circle. Keep the blade of the pair of scissors between the pieces of cardboard.
- Pull the pieces of cardboard slightly apart and tie a piece of wool very tightly round the centre of the ball.
- Completely remove the card and fluff out the wool to form a ball.
- Make another pom-pom with a circle of cardboard which has a diameter of 20cm.
- Cut a diamond shape from yellow/orange felt and fold it in half. Glue this in place on the smaller pom-pom to make the chick’s beak.
- Make two legs from yellow pipe cleaners by twisting them round each other and through the centre of the larger pom-pom to hold them in place.
- Glue two black sequins/googly eyes onto the head for eyes.
- Fix the head to the body by tying together the threads round the middle of each pom-pom.
- Fold an A4 sheet in half to make a card. Draw an oval shape on yellow paper. Cut it out and paste it inside the fold of the card.
- Cut off one corner of an old envelope. Paste coloured paper onto the inside and outside of the envelope corner to form the beak.
- Paste the beak onto the middle of the oval shape. Draw two eyes. Lift the top part of the beak and close the card.
- The beak will open and close when you open and close the card.
- Let your child decorate his/her card with crayons, glitter and glue.
Chick in his shell:
- Let your child trace the chicken on the template on a piece of paper and then have him/her cut it out. Cut out the line (a) on the egg.
- Draw a face for the chicken on both sides of the paper.
- Colour in the chicken and the egg on both sides.
- Fold the paper on the dotted line (b).
- Stick the chicken’s head through the opening in the egg and fold it on the dotted line (c).
- Let your child trace the bunny on a piece of paper.
- Put some glue on the outlines of the picture and let your child stick wool/string on it.
- Let your child glue spirals or other shapes with glue inside the picture.
- Decorate the rest of the paper.