10 Out-of-the-Ordinary Easter Activities

by ChristinaPilkington on March 31, 2012 · 8 comments

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Do you celebrate Easter? If so, what images come to mind when you think about Easter?

Many people think about rabbits, baskets and chocolate eggs. Our family has a strong faith in God so we also think of new life, resurrection and salvation.

You probably have some favorite Easter traditions, too. Maybe it’s hunting for Easter eggs, wearing a new outfit that Sunday or a great dinner with the family.


Today, I’d like share with you 10 out-of-the-ordinary Easter activities your family might enjoy, too.

 1) Visit a farm or pet store that has baby chicks, rabbits or ducklings.

2) Make your own natural dye. Here’s a great video on YouTube that teaches you how to create your own dye for fabrics. You could sew and dye your own bag to collect Easter eggs.

3) Visit a local conservatory or botanical garden. Check out the new spring buds and pick out a bouquet for Easter.

4) Spend a week reading about rabbits, chicks, ducks and lambs. Here’s some suggestions:  The Tale of Peter Rabbit  and The Tale of Jemima Puddleduck (this might be a fun week to do a little mini study about Beatrix Potter), Where do Chicks Come From? (A Lets-Read-And-Find-Out-Science Book), and The Little Lamb.

5)  Watch a video of how jellybeans are made. Here’s a link to the YouTube clip from the show How Its Made.

6) Conduct some fun color experiments. Here are a few ideas I’ve found from some online sites:  Color Mixing TrayEgg in a Bottle Demonstration, and Making Colored Chalk.

7) Discover how other cultures celebrate Easter. Here’s a few websites to get you going: The Huffington Posts’s Easter Celebrations Around the World,  From Crownrelo.com Easter Celebrations Around the World, and CNN World’s Easter Celebrations Around the World.

8) Decorate some Ukrainian Pysanky Eggs. You can make one from a kit like this one.

9) Make your own marshmallows. Here is a recipe from Wikihow.

10) Study the different holy days that surround Easter and learn about their origin. Here are a few book suggestions. Humphrey’s First Palm Sunday, The Week that Led to Easter, and Bring Lent to Life: Activities and Reflections for Your Family.


 Photo Credit: Cogdogblog

What Easter celebrations does your family have if you celebrate that holiday?


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  • Kelly @ The Homeschool Co-op

    I love this! We’ve been reading about baby bunnies all week, but are a bit behind on the rest of our activities… Tomorrow we plan to make spring flowers for our stick tree, and hopefully dye something. I’ve been meaning to do scarves forever (we have a pile of white ones), so maybe tomorrow is the day! We love How It’s Made. P.S. We did spend a good hour this week listening to birdsongs on the computer (thanks to your 10 Things to Do for Spring post!). So much goodness.

    • christinapilkington

      I think spring is my favorite time of the year because besides so many great things to do outsides, there seems to be so many fun and colorful things to do inside too!

  • http://twitter.com/Moments2Teach Jessica

    I always look forward to you 10 ways to….posts. This year we are going to do natural dye. I have wanted to do this for a few years but always wait until the last minute to prepare. This year I am shopping ahead of time so I don’t fall back on the little tablets and vinegar!

    • christinapilkington

      It’s fun to mix it up sometimes. Natural dye is really cool to do, but when we have so many things going on, I usually fall back on the pre-made kits, too!

  • http://thegettys.blogspot.com Susan

    Some great ideas here! I want to watch that video about the jellybeans too :) I wrote a post last year about some different egg decorating methods we used that you might like: http://thegettys.blogspot.com/2011/04/egg-decorating-science.html

    • christinapilkington

      Susan, I just came back from reading your post. I think we’ll try the crayon wax eggs. They look really fun! Thanks for sharing :)

  • http://profiles.google.com/kacagle Karen Terry Cagle

    My favorite thing…list from Chris! [Hey that rhymes] ;) I love number 2, 6 and 7 and we are about to watch the Jelly Beans video. Thank you for all the great resources you give us!

    • christinapilkington

      You’re welcome! Thinking up fun activities and making up lists are some of my favorite things to do, in case you hadn’t guessed :)

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