Family really is everything. As my children have grown older, I have realized that there are some precious moments we parents can never get back. Those moments are to be cherished always, which is what prompted me to bring you this amazing list of 20 family Easter traditions. These are such simple things that will leave lasting memories in your lives, and things that you can begin this coming Easter.
Some of these offer a more religious approach to the Easter holiday and focus on the true meaning of the season. Others are colorful and fun and designed to help build the excitement leading up to when the Easter Bunny visits. However you celebrate Easter and whatever your beliefs, there are going to be fun traditions in here that you will want to start with your own family. While you’re looking for fun crafts to do with the family, be sure to check out these 40 Easter crafts for kids and toddlers.
I love making new traditions, particularly for holidays. Many of these are things that you can do with children of any age and there are a few that even adults are going to look forward to every year. Have you ever had a glow in the dark Easter egg hunt? Well, now you can! With so many changes in the world happening every day, it’s important to keep your family grounded together. These new holiday traditions are perfect for adding some quality family time into your Easter Day routine and even the days leading up to the holiday. There are even some amazing recipes that you can make together as a family. And be sure to check out these 100 delicious Easter recipes that are sure to become family favorites.
So, if you’ve been thinking of adding in some new traditions for Easter, now is the time and I’ve found 20 wonderful ways that you can start. From resurrection rolls and Easter Bunny pancakes for breakfast to a bunny family and an Easter tree for family decorating, you’re sure to find some fun new traditions to share with your family – immediate and extended. What are some of your favorite Easter celebration traditions? I would love to hear all about them!
1. Eight Day Walk With Christ
If you want your children to experience Easter in a more traditionally religious fashion, this eight day walk is perfect. Each day your family members will open a plastic egg and an envelope, which lead them through the last week of Jesus’ life. You can put pieces of the Easter story or scriptures in the envelope and even add candies to the eggs to make it more exciting for younger children.
2. Easter Chick Cupcakes
These little chick cupcakes are almost too adorable to eat – but they’re also delicious so eat away! You just make regular cupcakes and then dip in yellow sanding sugar. Then add chocolate chips for eyes and pipe on the rest of the face and wings. They’re really easy and will instantly become a family favorite. They’re also great for Easter parties at school.
3. Confetti Eggs
Confetti eggs are fun for the entire family. You use real eggs, which you empty – and this is a delicate but really easy step. Then dye your eggs and fill them with confetti. Finally, you cover the whole with a piece of tissue paper and let it dry. Only you will know that these aren’t really hard boiled and decorated Easter eggs and it will be so much fun watching people crack and open them with the confetti falling out.
4. Easter Tree Tradition
Easter trees are a huge tradition in my family. I love decorating my Easter tree almost as much as I do my Christmas tree. You can buy Easter trees and decorations at the Dollar Store for just a few dollars, or make one yourself. Just find a branch, paint it white – or pink if you prefer – and then add decorations. You can even DIY your decorations, and kids are going to love helping to decorate the tree.
5. Easter Bingo
This is a really fun Easter game that kids of all ages are sure to love playing. Print off the game board and then use jelly beans or robin eggs to play. It’s so much fun and a wonderful way for little ones to wear themselves out the night before Easter so they’ll go to bed early.
6. Easter Bunny Footprints
I saw something similar to this for Christmas – with Santa’s footprints – and this Easter bunny version is just too cute. Little ones will adore waking up to this magical surprise on Easter morning and it only takes a few minutes for you to make them. The footprints are made from flour or powdered sugar, so they are easy to clean up after all the excitement has died down. Imagine the faces of your little ones when they see tracks left by Mr. Easter Bunny himself!
7. Easter Egg Countdown
Help your family keep track of when the Easter Bunny arrives with this great countdown calendar that’s made with plastic Easter eggs. You can leave little notes or prayers in your eggs or put in some candy to really build the excitement for the big day. Kids will adore opening the eggs every day. This is a really easy project and the number of eggs you need depends on how many days you want to count down.
8. Easter Egg Scavenger Hunt
What’s more fun than a scavenger hunt? Kids, particularly older kids, are really going to love this game. You can do so many different versions, like the Bible verse one here, and customize the game depending on where you live, weather, and any number of other things. If the weather is bad, create a hunt that they can do indoors and you can even do a less complicated scavenger hunt for younger children.
9. Resurrection Rolls
Resurrection rolls are a popular dessert choice for the Easter season. The rolls are coated in cinnamon sugar and have a melted marshmallow inside. Kids help to make them, putting in the marshmallow but when they come out of the oven, the marshmallow is gone, much like it has been resurrected. Many families make these rolls together which opens up the opportunity to discuss the resurrection in a Biblical sense. Plus, the rolls are really delicious.
10. Glow In The Dark Egg Hunt
How much fun would this glow in the dark egg hunt be? Honestly, even adults will have a blast finding these little eggs in the dark. These are so easy to make. You just snap a glow stick and insert into each plastic egg. Then fill with candy and you’re ready for the most exciting nighttime Easter egg hunt ever. Seriously, you’ll have a hard time keeping the adults in the house when you hunt these eggs!
11. DIY Peanut Butter Eggs
You know you just can’t wait until those luscious Reese’s peanut butter eggs hit the stores. You can easily make your own, and skip the long lines and the cost of buying them, though. And, this is a really easy recipe and one that kids will love helping with. These peanut butter and chocolate eggs only have four ingredients, and when they’re finished, you can have fun decorating them together. They’re so easy and so delicious.
12. Italian Easter Bread
These Italian styled Easter breads are fabulous. I’ve always wanted to make these around Easter. They’re so pretty to look at and such a decorative food! These little single versions of the traditional Easter bread are perfect for your Easter dinner table and each one holds its own little colored egg. The sprinkles really make them stand out, although you could leave those out if you wanted. They’re gorgeous breads either way.
13. Magical Jelly Bean Garden
Little ones are going to be so excited to plant their magical jelly beans and see what grows. This is a wonderful tradition for families and all you have to do is “plant” jelly beans in your garden or yard. Come back a while later to see which ones have bloomed – in the meantime, you’re going to stick a treat in the ground and let the kids know that these grew from their magical jelly beans. I love this idea!
14. Easter Bunny Family
Make this amazing Easter bunny family and use them to decorate for the holiday. This is a great project for toddlers and is so very easy. Let each child make his own bunny or his own little family. You make them from empty toilet paper rolls – I love projects that use up those empty rolls! – and decorate with crayons, construction paper, or whatever you have on hand.
15. Graham Cracker Peeps House
So, you make a gingerbread house on Christmas, right? What else would you make for Easter except this adorable graham cracker Peeps house? You make the little birdie’s house from graham crackers held together with frosting. Then add your little nest, which is candy grass that you can pick up at Target, and your little Peeps birdie. These are so adorable and kids can customize their own with sprinkles and other decorations.
16. Peeps S’mores
These Peeps s’mores are probably my favorite. They’re so colorful and little ones will adore making and eating them. You need graham crackers and chocolate – basic s’mores ingredients – but instead of regular marshmallows, you use Peeps in whatever style or color you prefer. Make
these with adult supervision since they do get hot when melting. They’re perfect for an after dinner snack or anytime you want to bring in a bit of Easter excitement.
17. Egg Games
There are so many different games that you can play that are focused on the Easter holiday. From relay races to a game of memory, you can build excitement and build tradition when you choose a few egg games to play with your children before or even on Easter Day. When the hunt is over, think about other ways that you can have fun. These games are certainly a great start.
18. Easter Bunny Pancakes
You just have to make Easter Bunny pancakes for Easter breakfast. This has been a tradition in my family for longer than I can remember and my children loved it growing up. Little ones get so much excitement on Easter morning that it can be difficult to get a good breakfast in them. These Easter Bunny pancakes are sure to help them focus on breakfast and get some nutrition before all that candy comes along.
19. Easter Scripture Eggs
These little plastic eggs allow you to share the Easter story with your children using items that represent the main events of that story. If you are looking for a way to introduce the Easter story, particularly with younger children, this is an excellent place to begin, and they will adore opening the eggs so that they can hear what happened next during the story.
20. Easter Eggs On Toast
Creamed eggs on toast is a traditional breakfast food and one that should always be enjoyed on Easter morning. Not only is it delicious, it gives you a wonderful way to use up some of those Easter eggs that the kids may have collected at school or other hunts before Easter. The recipe is a simple one and kids are going to love it. if you don’t do egg hunts until later on Easter Day, you could always make Easter eggs on toast for a late dinner.