Some of my earliest memories of Easter included massive egg hunts at my great aunt’s house and getting all dressed up on Easter morning for church, then coming home and eating ourselves into a candy coma from all the treats the Easter Bunny had left us the night before. It’s happy memories like these that I want my children to enjoy and pass along to their own children. While my great aunt is long gone and her egg hunts are a thing of the past, I’ve worked to come up with our own Easter traditions that I hope will give my kids the same kind of warm feelings when they look back as adults.
Homemade peanut butter eggs are a favorite around here. The kids and I make a large batch a few days before Easter and share with friends and family…if they last long enough to be delivered! I use the recipe here. It’s easy and delicious!
It simply wouldn’t be Easter without also dyeing some eggs (and our fingers.) Usually we spend Good Friday, which is the first day of Spring Break in our district, making an absolute mess and creating some special eggs for the Easter Bunny to stash around our house.
We use our leftover egg dye to tie-dye oversized white t-shirts and the kids sleep in them on the night before Easter. If you use store bought egg dye kids, be careful washing them because the colors do tend to fade easily, but they’re fun while they last!
Easter baskets are filled with a few of our favorite candies (and I’ll admit…a couple things that the kids don’t care for but mom likes) and some small things to help keep everyone entertained over break. I like to include kites, a DVD, sidewalk chalk, and similar items.
On Easter morning, we wake up to a little egg hunt set up by the bunny himself before we head off to church. He hides a few plastic eggs with jelly beans, a couple of golden plastic eggs with coins, and all of the lovely eggs that we dyed. I love watching my kids work together to make sure they find all of the eggs. PRO TIP: Keep count of how many of each kind that you hide and remember your hiding spaces, unless you want to smell forgotten hard boiled egg or be under attack by ants after the jelly beans.
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