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5 great Easter family activities - cheap and fun!

Updated on March 12, 2013

Family fun

Easter is a fantastic time.

Not only is it the most important Christian religious festival, Spring brings such a feeling of hope and optimism.

The days are getting longer (particularly important if you live in Northern climes where the days are very short and the nights very long and dark in the Winter) and everything is just beginning to awaken.

The grass is beginning to grow again, birds are out and about, flowers are poking their heads through, new animals are being born, and the sun is beginning to have some actual warmth in it for the first time for months.

And it’s some great time off to spend with the family.

In the UK, Good Friday and Easter Monday are both Bank Holidays or Public Holidays and Maundy Thursday is not a very serious work day – a lot of people either won’t work on that day or will only work a half day.

It just means it’s a great chunk of time for a family to spend together.

In these tight financial times, we don’t want to be spending too much money to have fun, and it's not necessary, either. There are lots of great family activities which won't break the bank.



Making Easter Cards

Making Easter cards is a great family activity. It's one that suits children of very different ages, as they can use quite different skill sets and all still enjoy themselves.

I have been making Easter cards with my son, Isaac, over the past few days. It’s easy and cheap to buy appropriate pre-folded cards, but that isn’t essential, as you can always just buy cardboard and fold your own.

If you want to take it more seriously, you can buy little cut out things to stick on cards and make little collages.

Or if you’re a painting or drawing genius, you can produce your own little masterpieces.

If, however, you’re an enthusiastic 3 year old, you can just have great fun drawing pictures for your relatives and encouraging Mummy to help out.


painting Easter Eggs

A lovely painted egg, copyright sciondriver at flickr
A lovely painted egg, copyright sciondriver at flickr

Colouring Easter Eggs with natural dyes - fascinating video

Decorating eggs for Easter

Decorating eggs for Easter is another fantastic activity which is suitable for children of all ages. We did this quite a lot as a child, and my sisters, brother and I all really enjoyed it.

Raw eggs are not a great idea for this activity. They can break, scattering raw egg everywhere (nice!) and they can also go off.

There are two options - either you can blow the eggs, which means you have an empty shell left, or you can hard-boil them.

The advantage of hard-boiled eggs is that they are tougher, so stand up better to being decorated by young children. And, of course, at Easter, they can be eaten!

If you are intending to keep the eggs longer, hard-boiled eggs do go off in the end, so those with long-term artistic ambitions should blow rather than boil.

You can blow the eggs, either before or after they are decorated. If you blow them before, there’s always the risk of breaking it while you’re decorating it, if you aren’t careful.

If you blow it afterwards, you could have a fully formed masterpiece, that cracks while blowing.

My advice is that if you have older children who understands it delicate, to blow it first. If you have a young and enthusiastic 3 year old, as I do, it might be wise to let him have a several goes and blow all of those afterwards.

My sister, as an adult, still produces the most absolutely gorgeous decorated eggs for Easter, finely painted, and absolutely amazing.

Below are some links to guides for dying, blowing, decorating and enjoying Easter egg painting.

A "how-to" video guide to arranging an Easter egg hunt

Easter treasure hunt

Treasure hunts on Easter Sunday are always fantastic fun.

For younger children, it can be a simple as roaring round the garden looking for hidden Easter eggs.

For older children, and for adults who are in touch with their inner child and not stuffy, you can have more elaborate treasure hunts with clues that need to be solved in order to follow the next on.

We have a family treasure hunt on Easter Sunday, with a few chocolate eggs scattered around for Isaac to find, and increasingly elaborate puns and anagrams for the rest of us to be frustrated by.

It’s fantastic fun, as a family activity, and causes a lot of good natured arguing and enjoyment.



A young lamb in a field in Kent, in England. Copyright law_keven from Flickr.
A young lamb in a field in Kent, in England. Copyright law_keven from Flickr.
Highland cows on a farm in Essex, in England. Copyright law_keven from Flickr.
Highland cows on a farm in Essex, in England. Copyright law_keven from Flickr.

visiting a child-friendly farm

One of my favourite memories as a child at Easter time was visiting a farm.

A lot of farms are now actively encouraging visitors, as a sideline to make some extra money.

My Dad took my sisters and me to a mixed use farm, and we got to see apple blossom in the orchard, and new born lambs with their mothers in a protected field near the farmhouse.

It was an absolutely magical experience, and my Dad added to it by quoting various appropriate poetry such as, “oh to be in England now that April’s here” and poems such as, “little lamb, God bless thee”.

My son loved a visit to a farm just after Easter last year, and got to feed an abandoned lamb with a baby bottle, which he adored.



Bluebells in the woods

A wonderful carpet of bluebells in a wood in the Cotswolds, Glos. Copyright Nick Owen from Flickr
A wonderful carpet of bluebells in a wood in the Cotswolds, Glos. Copyright Nick Owen from Flickr
A newly coppiced wood, where previously the canopy was too thick to allow ground growth Copyright Mark Hillary from Flickr
A newly coppiced wood, where previously the canopy was too thick to allow ground growth Copyright Mark Hillary from Flickr

Girl and dog in bluebell woods

A coppicing workshop - how, why, and when to coppice a wood

collecting spring flowers

If the weather’s good, and here’s hoping it is, it’s great to go for a country walk and look and identify the Spring flowers which are coming. It helps to orientate children to the seasons, and helps to identify the world around them.

Near my parents’ house in Kent, where we spend Easter, there is a coppiced woodland.

Woods which are coppiced means that every few years the main trunk is cut down, to encourage the tree to grow several smaller shoots. Traditionally, these grew fast and could be used for fence posts, fuel, or other similar items.

Coppiced woodlands have a great advantage in terms of wildlife, as the canopy is less thick and more sunlight is allowed through. This leads to Kent’s famous bluebell woods, and my parents’ wood is particularly good in the bluebell sense.

On visiting the wood at the appropriate time of year, there is a carpet of bluebells as far as the eye can see, and I greatly look forward to sharing this with Isaac this Easter.


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      Mulberry 8 years ago

      I recall these types of activities with my family when I was a child. We always did leaf collecting in the summer or fall and flowers in the spring. Farms were always a special treat for me. I loved the babies.

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      Om Prakash Singh 8 years ago from India, Calcutta

      Good tips for those who are totally clueless what to do but for me, I have already been doing most of what you have suggested except for collecting spring flowers. This is an extra thing that I learned here. Good Hub LG.

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      Brian Stephens 8 years ago from Castelnaudary, France

      I used to live in the Forest of Dean and later the Cotswolds, going for walks in the spring through glorious bluebell woods are some of my fondest memories. Didn't cost a penny either. the best things in life really are free.

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      BristolBoy 8 years ago from Bristol

      I remember how we used to do that egg decorating thing as well as a lad growing up in Bristol.

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      Debnet 8 years ago

      I remember some of the beautiful eggs my children painted for Egg races at school.. happy days. Thanks for the links, I'll be exploring the craft one for activities to use in schools :)

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      LondonGirl 8 years ago from London

      Hi Mulberry - sounds as if you enjoyed the same family activities as we do! Leaf collecting in the autumn is also great fun.

      Packerpack - spring flowers are such good fun, as the earth feels as if its waking up from a long, winter sleep.

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      Sheila 8 years ago from The Other Bangor

      Bluebells! I haven't seen bluebells for years! Thanks for the lovely photos. As usual, you make this topic uniquely your own with the quiet beauty you seem to bring to everything you write. Captivating --

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      LondonGirl 8 years ago from London

      Hi Brian - there's something so special about bluebells, isn't there? It's a recurring and happy childhood memory for me.

      Bristol - it's a great thing to do as a kid - my three year old thinks splashing paint around is just wonderful (-:

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      Christa Dovel 8 years ago from The Rocky Mountains, North America

      Great ideas! Making Easter cards sound really fun, it is something I have not done with the boys before. I love collecting flowers with them, but we will feel blessed if we can just see the ground by Easter.

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      LondonGirl 8 years ago from London

      Hi Debnet - hope you find the link useful!

      Teresa - do they not grow where you are? You should come and see ours!

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      LondonGirl 8 years ago from London

      Hi Christa - Isaac's had a lot of fun drawing his cards - albeit he thinks trains are great on Easter cards....

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      Sandy 8 years ago

      Some great ideas here. I remember doing most of these. The panited eggs are real cool.

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      LondonGirl 8 years ago from London

      glad you enjoyed it - thanks for commenting!

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      Laila Rajaratnam 8 years ago from India

      LondonGirl the most amazing activities for Easter.After reading your hub,I've decided to do my own easter eggs! I will let you know how they turn out!:)Thanks a ton! I'm off to read your latest hub on painting and waxing easter eggs!:)

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      Wendy Iturrizaga 8 years ago from France

      Very fun ideas. My children love to do those things. Here we usually go to the "Easter egg hunt" offered by one of the castles around the area. It is a great day out. We specially like to go to the Chateau de Valencay, the castle usually offers not only the egg hunt but horses and ponies free of charge for the children. You can see the castle, its farm and you can even picnic in the gardens.

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      LondonGirl 8 years ago from London

      HI Laila - glad you enjoyed it - painting eggs is fantastic fun, honestly!

      Princessa - my parents used to take us to an Easter Egg hunt at Leeds Castle in Kent, which was wonderful.

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      k@ri 8 years ago from Sunny Southern California

      LondonGirl, Wonderful hub! I am glad you reminded me of the farms and egg hunts. I think I will try to put together an egg hunt for my kids! The older kind...I really think they will enjoy it. Thanks so much!!

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      ilovehubbing 8 years ago

      Great hub

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      LondonGirl 8 years ago from London

      I'm sure they would enjoy it, it's great fun!

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      SweetiePie 8 years ago from Southern California, USA

      This is a great hub with wonderful Easter ideas. Over where I write at the examiner we have to create several lists of websites with great crafting ideas, and I could link to your hub here if you want more traffic. If would give you a backlink. Let me know if you are interested.

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      LondonGirl 8 years ago from London

      Feel free, I'd appreciate it! Hope your lists do well. You might find this Easter hub more specifically how-to-craft, what do you think?

      https://hubpages.com/holidays/Painting--decorating...

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      SweetiePie 8 years ago from Southern California, USA

      I will do that then London Girl. Thanks for letting me know. The lists are basically just to give readers at the examiner an idea of different websites on a specific topic, so wanted to give some hubbers here an opportunity to get more traffic to their hubs that way. Unfortunately I am in the games and hobbes category, so most people go to read about the computer games. Oh well, I am happy to be able to write there though and it is another online publishing opportunity.

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      LondonGirl 8 years ago from London

      Hope your writing there goes well. Could you send me a link when it is done, perhaps?

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      SweetiePie 8 years ago from Southern California, USA

      Here is the link:

      http://www.examiner.com/x-6106-LA-Card-and-Jewelry...

      I included the link to your hub under Holiday Crafts on the link list to the bottom right. Over the weekend I noticed I am getting more page views, so overall I am happy with writing for the examiner.

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      LondonGirl 8 years ago from London

      very best of luck with it! Thanks for the link as well.

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      Lgali 8 years ago

      LondonGirl, Wonderful hub very good ideas wish you and your family happy easter

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      kelli jean 8 years ago from Up North Michigan

      LondonGirl:

      Great hub with super tips on the egg hunt. We host an egg hunt for our nieces and nephews every year on our property. It's really organized, and each child has their own color of eggs to look for. This way, it is fair and there are no tears. We've got an age range from 4 to 16 this year.

      Right now, my family room looks like an Easter workshop with 800 plastic eggs sorted and ready to be hidden.

      Happy Easter!

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      LondonGirl 8 years ago from London

      800 eggs! How many customers are you expecting?

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      SweetiePie 8 years ago from Southern California, USA

      I watching my niece and nephew tomorrow, so we are going to dye eggs. I have not done this for years, so hopefully we have some fun.

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      LondonGirl 8 years ago from London

      Hope you have fun! Are you using natural or commerical dyes?

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      kelli jean 8 years ago from Up North Michigan

      We've got 8 nieces & nephews coming.....so they each can find 100 eggs. They work together with their parents and it takes a while. We live on 20 acres so we divide the property up into sections and they know they have to find a certain number of eggs in each section.

      No one moves on until we've all completed one section. That way, the bigger kids help out the littler ones when they reach the end and are missing some.

      The sun is supposed to be shining on Saturday (the day of the hunt). Hooray!

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      LondonGirl 8 years ago from London

      Sounds like a great plan! What do you use your land for? Do you farm?

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      SweetiePie 8 years ago from Southern California, USA

      We ended up using commercial dye because that was what we had on hand, but I like the natural ones better. Years ago we used beat juice and that was fun.

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      Wendy Iturrizaga 8 years ago from France

      It looks like after some fabulous weather we are going to spend Easter making Easter cards and decorating eggs... wheather forecast for the weekend is rain, rain and more rain :(

      Happy Easter!

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      Ndasika 7 years ago

      Wow, it is quite interesting to have a hub with all those great ideas from London. I will try my hand on the egg decoration and the flower collection. I come from Africa and we have no spring, but the fun of getting out there and collecting flowers is overwhelming. Thanks for the great hub.

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      sweetKitten 7 years ago from England

      Its nearly Easter!!

      This hub will be helpful!

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      Merve 2 years ago

      Amy,If you found someone that neeedd it to complete a bed you might get as much as fifty dollars. No dealer that I am aware of would bother putting it in stock owing to the extremely limited market. You should go to Google Images and search “Simmons bed spring”. One or more might turn up and might have some dollar information connected. The spring is probably 60-80 years old and made so well that it is still useful. You can put a zippered cover over it for cleanliness and use it as a box spring.Good Luck,Marshall

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      Ricky 2 years ago

      I can't bevelie I've been going for years without knowing that.

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      Limbania 2 years ago

      Bev,I am sorry to tell you that your 4'6 flat bed-spring has little or no metonary value or a market place. They were an inexpensive widely sold type of spring popular between the two great wars and for a few years into the fifties. They are not more than a metal hammock with no support in the middle, but they do last forever, and maybe, just maybe, provide a less hospitable home to vermin than an upholstered box spring.Marshall Coyle

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