There’s no nice way to say that this Easter will still be very different from years gone by. Usually, ours consist of large family gatherings starting on Good Friday (pie and chips at the sister in laws), then a day at the beach and arcades Saturday enjoying the crisp spring air, followed by Sunday lunch with allll the trimmings (that’s my department!) – I’ve always thought if I’m cooking for 5, I might as well cook for 10. This year we will still celebrate but just at home with our children.
But despite that, being at home doesn’t have to mean being boring so here is round up of some Free Easter Activities and Ideas to keep you and your little ones occupied!!
1.Decorate your window
This is the second year that ARTventurers is guiding the nation to come together and decorate your windows for Easter – a beautiful sight as you go out on your daily walk.
If you’re feeling egg-stremely (sorry) artistic you could try your hand at painting a beautiful Easter Scene on your window or if you want a simpler idea then how about printing one of our templates below, colouring it in, cutting it out and sticking it on your window – big, bold, bright colours to cheer up our days.
2.Hunt out other Windows
Over the past 12 months (I still can’t believe it’s been that long) ARTventures has created many Big Neighbourhood Hunts (if you haven’t joined the Official Facebook Page why not go and have a look HERE) and this April it’s the turn of the Easter Egg. Now you’ve created your own window display it’s time to head out for a little fresh air and appreciate those in your own neighbourhood – take along our Hunt sheet and see how many you can find. The PDF version available here
Spend time together doing a simple activity that will brighten up your home and leave your little one feeling so proud every time they see their bunting. For this activity you will need:
- thick paper or card
- a couple of different colours of paint
- a baking tin or tray
- a bouncy ball or golf ball
- ribbon or string to hang.
- First print out a number of egg shapes onto thick paper/card using THIS template
- Next get your scissors and cut around the outline – if your child is familiar with scissors then this is a perfect opportunity to practice their scissor skills with some child friendly ones but if not then mum or dad should do this.
- Get some colours ready on a palette for your little one. Light pale colours work brilliantly for Easter – you can always add some white paint into more vibrant colours to make them look more of a pastel shade.
- Place the Easter egg shape into the tray and get your little one to dip the ball into the paint and then pop in the tray and move it around – it will leave a lovely pattern on the egg.
- Repeat with other colours on the other eggs then once dry – punch a small hole at the top of each egg, thread onto your string or ribbon and hang up.
4. Visit Sunderland’s Spring Trail
Between the 29th March and 30th April Sunderland again hosts a virtual trail across the city (you may have seen my daughter and I demonstrating our acting prowess in the Halloween promo video). The Spring Surprises Trail has been designed for you to enjoy the city centre in safe and socially distanced way while searching out 7 virtually augmented scenes and characters using the ‘Sunderland Experience’ app – visit Sunderland BID for more information
5. The Online Penshaw Bowl
This years annual Penshaw Bowl is moving online – but you can still take part by decorating your egg and sending a photograph in to be included in the competition – see website for full details HERE entries close 26th March but if you miss this one- why not have a competition at home?! Everyone designs their own egg and I’m sure if you uploaded your finished displays to The Big Neighbourhood Easter Egg Hunt Facebook Group, you’d get some impartial judges!
ARTventurers HQ has set a team challenge to do create our own Easter Egg display this year – my thinking cap is on to create a design worthy of first place!!!
Whatever you’re doing this this Easter trying one or all of our Free Easter Activities and Ideas – stay safe and I hope to see you again once our classes return face to face across Sunderland and Washington!
Cherry & ARTy Bear