From egg art to cool games, these Easter activities for kids to do at home will keep those little rabbits hoppy, er, happy.
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Even if a few beloved events—the townegg roll and the festive parade—may be tricky to pull off this Easter thanks to social distancing and the coronavirus (COVID-19), there are plenty of ways to get the bunny-loving, pastel-perfect good times going for your kids.

Decorate Some Epic Easter Eggs

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When it comes to Easter eggs, spotty coverage is a very good thing (zing!).
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1. Try color blocking

Have your kid submerge a portion of each egg in a fairly concentrated dye of any shade and hold it super-still for a few seconds. Let dry, then repeat using a different portion of the shell and a new color of dye. Experiment with different combos, overlapping portions of the egg and also leaving some parts of the shell free from dye. Let dry after adding each new layer of color, then voilà—egg pop art.

2. Stamp with fingerprints

Dye eggs a pale base color to start. Then have your kid lightly press their fingertip onto a nontoxic ink pad and roll their finger on the eggshell to create dots. You can layer colors of fingerprints for a confetti-like look (just remember to let the ink dry).

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You can remove that vinegar smell from dying eggs by dipping little fingers in a few teaspoonfuls of lemon juice and water.
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3. Go wild with watercolor

Dampen a boiled egg under water, then let your kid apply washable watercolor paint to the wet shell using a small brush so that the colors bleed slightly on the damp surface. If you'd like the design to spread out more, lightly brush on more water. Set the egg's color by using a hair dryer on the lowest setting; move the dryer in small circles and hold it at least 6 inches from the egg for about ten seconds.

4. Get graphic with tape

Help your kid snip rectangles, squares, and triangles from strips of electrical tape and stick them to the shells. Dye the eggs and, once they are fully dry, remove the tape to do a big reveal of the cool geometric designs.

Whip Up Some Easter Recipes and Crafts

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Chive whiskers are optional, particularly if your kid side-eyes anything green.
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5. Deck out breakfast.

Oh, the magic you can create with a mere cookie cutter. All it takes is a rabbit shape to bunny-ify egg-in-the hole. Or you could use a simple oval one to make Easter egg pancakes. Serve them with a spread of sprinkles, fruit, whipped cream, even different jams in squirt bottles so that your kids can decorate them to their heart's content.

6. Grow a lollipop garden.

The day before Easter, plant "lollipop seeds" (aka jelly beans) with your kids in the yard or in a flowerpot—a playful ruse Kierste Wade, of the blog Old Salt Farm, does every year with her six kids. The next morning, she sticks lollipops in the dirt, then shows her kids how they miraculously sprouted overnight.

7. Fake the evidence.

Have your kids wake up to clues that the Easter Bunny paid a visit. Toni Slessinger, mom of three from New Orleans, leaves Easter grass in the hall leading to her kids' baskets. Sprinkle cotton balls as rabbit fur, or take a bite out of a carrot "accidentally" left out. And any pott humor–obsessed kid will be stoked to discover that a trail of chocolate covered raisins is "bunny poop."

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Balloons always make it a party!
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8. Inflate a surprise.

Blow up a bunch of balloons and, if feeling ambitious, paint them like Easter eggs. Then overstuff a cabinet with them, and watch your kid light up as the pastel avalanche tumbles down when they open the door.

9. Conduct an egg drop experiment.

Implement some science into your Easter festivities with this clever idea from Zahra Kassam, CEO and founder of Monti Kids, a Montessori based subscription box for babies and toddlers. Each family member can gather materials to create a protective "case" for a hard-boiled egg. Then they can drop the egg from different heights (probably in the bathroom, kitchen or someplace with a wipe-clean floor), in the hopes that the protective case would prevent the eggs from cracking. "This could be a fun competition amongst family members to see which egg doesn't crack from the largest drop," Kassam adds.

10. Decorate an Easter tree.

Who says decorative trees are only for Christmas? Get your artificial tree out of storage, and have your kids decorate with ribbon, plastic eggs, stuffed animals, and fake flowers. The Easter tree will instantly brighten your home for springtime!

11. Write Easter stories.

If your kids constantly pick up the pen, then encourage them to write an Easter-inspired tale. Read each child's piece during a family story time session. Don't forget the popcorn!

12. DIY an Easter egg garland.

Cut egg shapes out of paper, and let your kids decorate them with paint, markers, stickers, crayons, or other art supplies. When they're done, you can string the paper eggs onto string to make an Easter garland.

13. Whip up egg salad sandwiches.

Don't waste your leftover eggs! Gather your children to whip up egg salad sandwiches for lunch, suggests Kassam. They can customize their mayonnaise-based meal with various mix-ins, such as dill, yellow mustard, green onion, lemon juice, avocado, and chopped celery.

14. Make DIY bunny masks.

Scrounge up some white paper plates to make DIY Easter bunny masks. Your kids will need to glue on ears, eyes, whiskers, and nose. Feel free to get creative with the materials; anything from cotton balls to string can bring the mask to life!

15. Decorate homemade Easter cards.

Easter brunch might be cancelled, but you can still spread holiday cheer to loved ones. Let your children decorate cards with art supplies you have at home. Send them to grandparents, aunts, uncles, neighbors, and family friends.

16. Bake cookies.

It's time to whip out those bunny-shaped cookie cutters! Your little chefs can help bake Easter-shaped cookies—but perhaps the most fun aspect is decorating the sweet treats with frosting, sprinkles, and candy.

Play a New Easter Game

17. Fight fair.

Use up dyed eggs with this tapping game, a tradition in many cultures, such as Greek, Cajun, and Polish. Two players each choose an egg, then try to smash their opponent's shell at the pointed end by knocking the eggs together. Whoever's egg stays intact wins. Play a family tournament: The last one standing is the champ.

18. Be a jelly judge.

Hold a blind taste test of Jelly Belly jelly beans, and the one who correctly guesses the most flavors wins. Kinda Andrews, mom of six from Baton Rouge, says, "One year we played the Jelly Belly BeanBoozled game—it might be a great flavor or a doozy. Is it popcorn or rotten egg?"

19. Smash confetti eggs.

"Cascarones keep my kids connected to their Mexican-American heritage," says children's book author Jennifer Torres. "It's all joy and mischief. There are few opportunities to shower parents with confetti." Start saving eggshells before Easter. Tap thumb-size holes in raw eggs, pour out the contents, then rinse and dye shells. Fill with paper confetti, and glue tissue paper over the holes. Head outside and go crazy throwing the cascarones at each other.

20. Play with candy.

Have kids use Peeps candy to move as many jelly beans as they can from one pile to another in a minute. The catch: They can't use fingers to release jelly beans from the Peeps, says Jen Smith, of the blog Grace for Single Parents.

21. Pair up.

Little ones can have fun too. Mandisa Watts, of the blog Happy Toddler Playtime, asks her kid to color match eggs to dots she draws on paper.

22. Host Easter Egg Races

Mom, Dad, and kids of all ages can compete in this classic Easter activity! Here are a few variations:

  • "Create two cardboard ramps from shipping boxes and race plastic eggs down them. Fill the eggs with different things to see if it makes them go faster or slower," suggests Kassam.
  • Use your nose to roll Easter eggs down a flat path.
  • Complete an obstacle course while balancing a hard-boiled egg on a spoon.

23. Count the candy.

You probably know the rules to this classic Easter activity: Fill a glass jar with jelly beans, and have your children guess how many are inside. The winner gets a prize, whether it's an extra-large Cadbury egg or a stuffed animal rabbit.

24. Pin the tail on the bunny.

This Easter activity for kids puts a seasonal spin on "pin the tail on the donkey."  You can print a bunny template online and use cotton balls as the tails. Put a piece of tape on the cotton balls before each child's turn.

25. Participate in Easter-themed exercises.

This Easter activity will get your kids moving! Write physical challenges on slips of paper (hop like a bunny for 15 seconds, dance like a baby chick, balance an egg on your head), then slip the sheets into plastic Easter eggs. Your kids can take turns choosing an egg and completing the challenge.

Plan an Egg Hunt with a New Theme

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26. For Little Kids: "Simon says"

Slip silly commands, like "Quack like a duck" or "Sing really loud," inside each plastic egg. When an egg is found, crack it open and read the message aloud. Let the goofiness ensue.

27. For Little Kids: "Chick, chick, bunny"

Play it like "Duck, duck, goose." When "it" (chasee) escapes the bunny (chaser), they get 30 seconds to hunt for eggs on their own.

28. For Older Kids: Jigsaw

Stuff puzzle pieces inside each plastic egg, suggests Autumn Baldwin, mom of five and blogger at It's Always Autumn. Once the kids have found all the eggs, there's puzzle fun to be had.

29. For Older Kids: Ahoy

Draw a treasure map of your yard or house with X's that mark the spots where the eggs are hidden.

30. For All Ages: High/low

Tell little kids to search for plastic eggs on the ground, while bigger kids look everywhere else.

31. For All Ages: Egg-xact match

To level the playing field, assign each child a shade to collect. For an added challenge for older kids, Marie LeBaron, a Seattle mom of three who blogs at Make and Takes, mixes up plastic egg halves and has kids search for that specific color combo.

This article originally appeared in Parents magazine's April 2021 issue as "Let's Hatch Some Fun Up in Here!" Want more from the magazine? Sign up for a monthly print subscription here

By Megan Braden-Perry and Nicole Harris