The Easter Egg, Easter Party Plans, “An Egg-citing Easter Event”

 

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Hoppi Easter!

 Egg-Citing Easter Event Plans

Activities & Supplies,
Designed  for Detail Lovers!

Suggested Party Times: 10:00AM-11:30AM or 4:00-5:30PM

Introducing a Fun Follow Up to Our Feature Friend: The Easter Egg by Jan Brett

Easter is one of our favorite holidays. Part of the fun is having friends, neighbors, and/or family share in the events. The Easter Egg shares one part of a great Easter tradition, the egg hunt. Here are some other activities that our family has done over the years when we’ve hosted an Egg-citing Easter Event for our neighborhood. Hop the ideas perk up your ears!

*TIP= Totally Important Points! TIPs are the little things that make a big difference . . . Throughout these plans, I’ve listed things that I’ve learned, tipically through my errors,  by doing this event for several years that may save you some time, work, and mess.

*#1 TIP:
You may be like me in that you want to do every idea that comes to your
mind and do it well. To really enjoy the event, simplify by selecting
your favorites from the ideas listed below or by delegating some activities for other participants to organize. Guests seem to be more comfortable when the event is fun, and
well organized, but not perfect!

Let’s Hop to It:

Welcoming:
As families arrive, welcome them, give them nametags, describe the various events, and have them place their filled eggs in a large laundry basket for the hunt at the end.

Easter Bunny:
Family Pictures with the Easter Bunny: Marshmallow, Our Pet Rabbit; Photographer:

  • As families arrive, have a leader direct them to the photo area where the designated photographer arranges them between two flower pots, and the child in the middle holds the Easter basket with the bunny in it!
  • TIP: Have a tablet for all the families to record their e-mail address and then send them their family picture with a message the week following the party. If you want to share/upload the pictures on Facebook or a public site, have a column on the tablet where they sign permission for their photographs to be public.
  • When pictures are completed, place bunny in the gate cage allowing 3 kids at a time to pet her. Have a volunteer supervisor.
  • Supplies: digital camera, tablet, pen, large pet pen, real bunny or someone dressed up like one!

Easter Crafts:

Wordless Book Bracelets– Leader:

  • Table and chairs
  • beads- container with the five coordinating colors to the book
  • Leather bands
  • scissors
  • Laminated description of color meanings and coordinating Bible verses: Google it.
  • Put the bracelet on the children so they don’t lose it.

Easter Egg Maracas– Leader:

  • Table and chairs
  • Plastic spoons
  • Easter egg
  • Beans
  • Duct tape
  • Marker to label maraca- child’s initials
  • View directions on www.kiwicrate.com
  • Place the maracas in a bag with child’s name and put them on the story time blanket.

Face Painting: Various spring symbols- Leader:

  • TIP: Consider painting a few spring symbols on paper for kids to look at and select one
  • Face paints
  • Brushes
  • Paper towels
  • Water container
  • Table and 2 chairs

Filler Activities: Non-organized activities

  • Bubbles- Battery operated one that blows so kids can run through it. No mess!
  • Play set- slides and swings
  • Bouncy balls-small
  • Hula hoops
  • Sidewalk chalk
  • Coloring sheets and crayons
  • Play dough
  • TIP: Make sure all items available for kids are safe.

Easter Games: Fun, simple, safe team games

Bunny Hop Relay Race (Sack Race) – Leader:

  • 3 Pillow cases
  • 3 Cones
  • 3 Bunny ears
  • Directions: Divide kids into 3 teams; One person per team steps into pillow case wearing the bunny ear headband; Hops around the cone and back and has to stop if bunny ears fall off and put them back on; Passes on pillow case and ears to next team member; First team of hoppers that complete the relay wins.

Egg-Citing Relay Race (Egg on Spoon Race) – Leader:

  • 3 Plastic Easter Eggs w/ rock inside for weight, wooden eggs, or painted hardboiled eggs
  • 3 Larger spoons
  • 3 Cones
  • Directions: Divide kids into 3 teams; One person puts the egg on the spoon and runs around the cone and back to start; Passes spoon and egg to next team mate; First team that complete the relay wins.

Easter Bunny:
Family Pictures with the Easter Bunny: Marshmallow, Our Pet Rabbit; Photographer:

  • As families arrive, have a leader direct them to the photo area where the designated photographer arranges them between two flower pots and the child in the middle holds the Easter basket with the bunny in it!
  • TIP: Have a tablet for all the families to record their e-mail address and then send them their family picture with a message the week following the party. If you want to share/upload the pictures on Facebook or a public site, have a column on the tablet where they sign permission for their photographs to be public.
  • When pictures are completed, place bunny in the gate cage allowing 3 kids at a time to pet her. Have a volunteer supervisor.
  • Supplies: digital camera, tablet, pen, large pet pen, real bunny or someone dressed up like one!

Easter Treats: Simple Desserts & Drinks

  • Easter cookies (To simplify, buy several cookie rolls with Easter designs, cut and bake)
  • Bunny Marshmallows and wrapped candies
  • Easter napkins
  • TIP: Mini-water bottles;With a permanent marker, write a number on the lids of the water bottles instead of having people write their initials or names. Have a sign posted letting them know to remember their number for a contest! Serve the water bottles in a unique spring season style by placing them in a wheelbarrow lined with plastic and filled with ice.
  • TIP: These treats are non-messy and simple so no utensils or paper products beyond napkins are needed.

Easter Prizes: Winners of Drawings & Games

  • Make sure each person has a water bottle and knows the number on the lid. The story leader calls out a few numbers and the winners receive: An Easter book (Velveteen Rabbit, Peter Rabbit, The Easter Egg, Runaway Bunny, Why God Gave Us Easter), Set of Resurrection Eggs, the bunny ears from the game, or various decorations used that day.
  • For teams that win the games, have the leader stamp the kids’ hands with an Easter Stamp. Use a different stamp for each game and save the biggest stamp to put on all the kids at the end for participating.
  • Supplies: Easter stamps and ink pads, prizes

Easter Story:
Family Life Resurrection Eggs: Share a few of the cool eggs to tell the Easter Story!
Story Leader-

  • Children and parents sit on a story time blanket on the grass. At the end of the story, they get their maracas and shake them while singing an Easter song! Afterwards, parents place the maracas in the child’s Easter basket and line up for the main event!
  • TIP: Get the family members involved: While the Story Leader talks with the kids in the front yard, ask several parents and older siblings to hide the eggs in the back yard.
  • Supplies: yard blanket, set of Resurrection Eggs, maracasA Spring Story Option: The Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle- Use his Flannel Story Board! Super fun to release real butterflies!

Easter Egg Hunt: Closing Activity

  • All families bring 12 filled Easter eggs/child and an Easter basket to collect eggs. Parents and older siblings hide the eggs in the back yard while the story time is taking place in the front yard.
  • Allow the smaller kids to get a head start on the hunt.

Various Tips:  

Invitations:

  • Make a flyer and send it out through your neighborhood website or distribute to doors about two weeks prior to event. Request an RSVP a few days prior to the event. Include a plan for inclement weather on the invitation (rain date). 

Volunteers:

  • Delegate! Ask your neighbors to help lead events and bring supplies as this gets them involved and committed and makes the event more manageable for you to host! 

Preparations/Set Up:

  • Print off this list and label leaders for each event and check off supplies.(Suggestions: Hobby Lobby, Michaels, Dollar Tree, Lifeway, Mardels, Costco/Sams, Grocery Store, Oriental Trading Company via internet. etc.)
  • Outdoor tables for crafts, face painting and food
  • Wheelbarrow with plastic liner for drinks;
    TIP: (I use the plastic that comes on my dry cleaned clothes)
  • Fill eggs, number water bottles, organize crafts supplies
  • Picture area: Arrange background
  • Use one large laundry basket to store all your supplies as you gather them. Keep one paper to mark the RSVPs as you receive them.

Clean Up:

  • Ask for volunteers to help you clean up afterwards!
  • Rest!

Pictures From Past Years:

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Picture Backdrop

 

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Kids Picture with the Easter Bunny

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Family Picture with the Easter Bunny

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Craft Table

easter maracas

Craft: Easter Maracas by Kiwicrate

Wordless-Bracelets[1]

Craft: Wordless Book Bracelets by teenmissions

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Easter Desserts & Drinks

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Spring Story

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Resurrection Egg Easter Story

 

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Face Painting

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Independent Play

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Independent Play

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Independent Play

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Easter Egg Hunt

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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