Five Ideas for Fun Easter Games and Activities
Looking for ideas for Easter Party Games? Here I've put together a list of my Top 5 favorite ideas for kids and adults to interact and have fun at Easter gatherings. I didn't list the obvious choice of Easter Egg Hunt, but it is certainly a favorite idea for Easter Parties. In this list of Easter Games and Activities I've included a little something for all age groups. We've used each of these ideas at least once (and usually more) at our own annual family Easter Party. If you have a favorite Easter game or activity I have not listed, please mention it in the guestbook.
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#1 How Many M&M's in the Jar?
Take a Guess
This game is very simple to set up and always draws interest and attention. Friends and family who may not see each other often strike up conversations about it - especially kids! Kids start asking, "What did you guess?" etc.
Use one jar or two - one for kids and one for adults. You'll need a few pens and lots of slips of paper for people to write down their guess and a jar to put them in. Then have a small prize for whoever gets closest. I've heard of some instructions worded as "Who ever guesses closest without going over wins." Nah. I'm not one for penalizing for guessing too many. I think that messes up people's guesses! My favorite way to do it is simply figure out who is the closest - that's the winner! Just for the record, this jar is filled with exactly one bag of regular M&M's (minus one handful :-).
I don't take credit for this idea, my cousin arranged this one at one of our parties.
#2 Have a Bubble Blowing Station at Your Easter Party
Kids LIKE this, Adults LOVE it!
This is one of our favorites. It's an oldie and a goodie that is often forgotten! Bubble wands and Bubble Stuff are fairly inexpensive and the wands can be used year after year.
What I find interesting is that when we set out several bubble blowers, the adults are attracted to it like magnets. This happens each and every year. It's Bubble Therapy I guess??? Of course, kids love making big bubbles too.
See below for how we make wands for really big bubbles.
How to Make A Big Bubble Wand - I Like Big Bubbles!
If you already have some bubble blowing sets or can get the large circle ones - skip this section. Each year I modify a few sets of bubble wands to make very large bubbles. This takes some time and effort, but is well worth it. I took some pictures to show how I do this. I buy these $1 bubble blowers at a local Dollar Tree store. I really like these because they have long handles, they are inexpensive and they come with a bubble tray.
Picture #1 shows the bubble wand set as it comes from the store.
In pictures #2 & 3, you can see I've used wire cutters (hubby's) to cut the inside plastic piece from the wand leaving a big circle - cutting as close as possible to the circle. Now for the part that is a little tricky. If you (or your spouse) are handy with a pocket knife or craft knife this won't be so bad. Hubby and I use these knives every single day for our jobs so we are both very handy and experienced with handling them. If you aren't DON'T attempt this - ask someone else to do it! What you have to do is smooth out those plastic spikey pieces that remain after you cut out the inner part. Carefully using a pocket knife, cutting away from you, shave off the sharp pieces leaving a nice smooth circle.
In photo #4 you can see the wand where I've already done this.
Vwala! These make awesome large bubbles. I'll try to add a video of one in use.
Our Big Bubble Blower Wand in Action - See why I say it's therapeutic?
#3 Scavenger Hunts - Kids Love Missions!
Kids love to hunt for things given lots of clues
There are tons of ways to have scavenger hunts. Our most recent one was one sheet of paper filled with instructions to find things. One of my aunts came up with an awesome list of clues. Kids had to run around and gather information answering questions. Whoever answered all the questions first was the winner. This isn't the most accurate definition of a scavenger hunt, but it is pretty quick and easy to prepare. Remember how hard it was to remember all those aunts and uncles at family gatherings? Use part of a scavenger hunt to help kids learn their relatives. Use a clue, "Find Uncle Joe and ask him for the secret word."
Another type of scavenger hunt is where one clue leads to the next clue, then to the next clue and so on. My daughter loves these the most. We did one of these for her birthday and had clues all over the house including a clue in the dog kennel, freezer and even under the couch. This way is harder to put together, but loads of fun. Just be sure to tape or tack the clues in place so kids don't carry them off and the next person can't find it!
Books and Kits for Scavenger Hunts Ideas - Use for Indoor or Outdoor Easter Activity
#4 Easter Coloring Station
Eggs, Bunnies and More
All you need for this activity is an extra table, lots of crayons and markers and Easter coloring pages (see link below). Coloring Easter themed pages is a fun way to sit down and relax at an Easter party.
One idea is to make copies of Easter eggs to color, cut them out in their egg shape and punch a hole at the top. When kids (or adults) finish coloring them, use an opened-up paper clip and hang the eggs from a small tree in the yard. Be sure to add the child's name to the egg so everyone can admire their work!
Here's a link for some great Easter Egg Templates. There are plain and patterned eggs perfect for coloring.
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#5 Races - Sack Race, Three Legged Race, Egg on a Spoon Race
Outdoor Activities for Easter Parties
These 2 girls are enjoying a three legged race. They have tied their legs together at the ankle and most move as if they have three legs.
Here's a webpage with good basic instructions:
Below you'll see a photo of an Easter party game, the famous Egg Spoon Race. There are a few different ways to set this up. Find specific instructions here: Egg Spoon Race Instructions.
And don't forget the challenging sack race. I found these cool sacks with handles (shown in the photo) at ebay (listed below). They might be too small for adults, but look perfect for kids. Sack races are a tried and true fun activity for Easter parties or any party. Here are some specific instructions: How to Have a Sack Race.
Lots More Easter Party Games and Activities - The Best From all Over the Web
- Tips and Hints for an Easter Egg Hunt
This article mentions having separate hunts for different ages. I totally agree. The littlest ones do need their own hunt!
- Custom Easter Bingo Game
You will be prompted to select styles etc. and print your own Bingo Cards.
- Lots of ideas from Kaboose
Kaboose always has great ideas and this list of Easter Party Games is no exception. I've set this link to go directly to page 4 which includes Easter Bunny Says (Simon says) and Easter Cupcake Walk.
- Great Ideas from About.com
I especially like ideas #9 and #10. They are a Candy Egg Toss which looks like a very fun Easter game and #10 is Egg Bowling.
- Easter Party Games from AmazingMoms
Take a look at Fluffy Needs a Tail (like pin the tail on the donkey) and Easter Bunny Where Is Your Egg?
- Easter Party Ideas from Kids Birthday Party Guide
Check out Egg Roll and Pin the Ears on the Bunny.
- From Room-Mom 101 - This Game Looks Super for Kids and Adults
Check out the Easter Bunny Hop Game - this one could be QUITE comical so be sure to videotape it!
- Easter Coloring Pages
If you need some Easter coloring pages this is the link for you! This huge list is divided by theme such as Eggs, Basket, Chicks etc.
What's your favorite Easter Game?
Kathy on March 22, 2015:
We do an adult easter egg hunt. You get plastic eggs, thunk if 5 letter words, u will need 5 eggs for each word. U make as many words as teams of two u have. On each egg u write a letter of the word. Put each word set in a baggie and write word on baggie. When all words r done. Dump all eggs together and hide them. Then pass out the baggies to teams of two. Each team must find eggs to makeup the word on their baggie.
wadsworth lm on March 27, 2013:
We love the Easter Weasel scavenger hunt.
Titia Geertman from Waterlandkerkje - The Netherlands on March 25, 2013:
Pfff what a relief to finally find an Easter lens that's worthwile reading and looking at. Thanks for making me smile and enjoy my visit.
anonymous on March 20, 2013:
the ideas are good.
anonymous on April 05, 2012:
three leg race that was a challenege
GrowWear on April 23, 2011:
I liked the sack races as a kid. ...This is such a fun and happy page. :)
purpleslug on April 18, 2011:
Great ideas! Thanks
Susan Deppner from Arkansas USA on April 16, 2011:
I like the bubbles, but everything looks like so much fun! Lensrolling to my Easter lenses. Drooling over those M&M's, too. ;-)
sukkran trichy from Trichy/Tamil Nadu on March 16, 2011:
very interesting lens.