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Easter After the Bunny


by Deb McLeod

Easter can be a fun time for young children. Maybe it's the allure of the Easter bunny or the promise of a basket full of candy, but whatever it is, Easter appeals greatly to the young child.

Older kids might understand the true meaning of Easter and celebrate that, but feel left out of all the other festivities. How can you make Easter fun for them too?

First, remember that kids are still kids even once they know that you are actually Santa and that the Tooth Fairy "dust" is just glitter from a bottle. They still want the magical experience even if some of the magic is gone.

Let's look at some ways you can bring fun and festivity to the Easter season, even for older kids.

Egg hunt

That's right. You never outgrow a good egg hunt. But for older kids you can have a bit more fun.

You can do a scavenger hunt version of an egg hunt, during which you leave clues inside plastic eggs. Each egg will provide clues that will help the kids find the next egg. Each successive egg will give clues to where the next egg is hidden.

A scavenger egg hunt does require a bit more work on your part, but kids love reading the clues and working together to find the next egg.

Because kids never outgrow a good Easter basket, you can make sure that at the end of the scavenger hunt, overloaded baskets await. Because the kids are older, you can let go of the idea that the basket should be filled with plush bunnies and coloring books. Instead, fill a basket with items that relate to each child's interests. Your baseball playing son, for example, might like a new glove or some baseball cards. Your Girl Scout daughter might like some bandanas for summer camp or a new Girl Scout T shirt.

Of course, any good Easter basket should include candy. Even your older kids haven't outgrown the need for a good stash of candy.


Focus on the spirit of the season by remembering that Easter celebrates a new beginning. During these tight economic times, you can teach your children that everyone deserves a second chance by offering food to the needy or by giving toys to homeless children.

Think about the needs that exist in your community and engage the help of your older children to figure out how to help.

Focus on Spring

For many people, more than anything Easter signifies a change in season. If you want to focus on that, let your older children help you focus on spring growth.

Buy some plain clay pots and acrylic paints. Have the kids paint pots of varying sizes. Although some older kids might balk at this, pursue it. Then let the kids pick some plants at the nursery and plant them in the painted pots. You can give the kids the responsibility of taking care of the plants in their pots.

To kick this up a notch, put small vegetable or herb plants in the clay pots. This will be fun for the kids as they watch their food grow.

There are many ways to make Easter fun and festive for older kids. Most kids will appreciate not being left out even as they get older.

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