Monday, April 18, 2011

April Traditions: Easter Games

Easter Egg Games 
The following is from a clipping I saved from Southern Living Magazine, sometime in the 1990's.  Lots of fun!

"Egg Roll:  Create a few racing "lanes" by laying rope or twine on the grass, and mark start and finish lines.  Brighten the finish line with festive helium-filled balloons and an Easter basket of inexpensive prizes.  Give each child a dyed egg and a kitchen spoon, and blow a whistle to start the race.  Declare each child a winner with a prize at the finish line.

"Egg Hunt:  Section off a small spot in your yard, and spread fresh pine straw (or hay) over the area.  Conceal dyed or filled plastic eggs in the straw.  Let children in, a few at a time, for two or three minutes of hunting.  Hide more eggs between groups.

"Egg Race:  Using the same lanes created for the Egg Roll, place a dyed egg on the starting line in each lane.  have children kneel at the starting line, hands clasped behind their backs, and push the egg to the finish with their noses.

"Storytelling:  After children have played games, serve them refreshments and read them a story.  A few suggestions:  the Peter Rabbit series by Beatrix Potter; The Runaway Bunny by Margaret Wise Brown; Max's Chocolate Chicken by Rosemary Wells."

*Teach the real purpose of Easter by making and sharing Resurrection Eggs.
*See my Boo Boo Bunnies adorable, (and affordable) Easter craft tutorial.

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