Plant an Easter garden in the backyard with your kids. Say goodbye to winter and hello to spring with brightly colored annuals. On Easter Day, take your little ones outside and watch them have a blast digging up dirt to plant their seeds. They get to watch as their hard work pays off and their seeds grow into beautiful flowers. When their blooms are ready, they can be picked and incorporated into your home decor. This can also be an opportunity to teach them responsibility and provide them with hours of outdoor entertainment. Do this every year and change the types of flowers and plants as your children grow up.
Sit down with your children and help them understand the true meaning of Easter. Many kids think this holiday revolves around dyeing eggs and receiving visits from the Easter bunny. Invest in a few holiday books that teach them the significance of why we celebrate. A night or two before the big day, read the books as bedtime stories to feed their curious minds. As they get older, they will have an appreciation for Easter that will hopefully be carried on for the rest of their lives and passed on to their children.
Borrow from the Mexican tradition of confetti-filled eggs. Fill colorful eggs that have been hollowed and cleaned out with confetti, then head outside and throw them at each other. It's definitely not the cleanest tradition, but it's an event the entire family will want to participate in over and over again. The little ones will have a blast decorating their eggs with sparkles and stickers, and then getting the chance to throw them at siblings as confetti spills out.
Create homemade Easter baskets. Your child gets to pick and choose what their siblings or other loved ones get for the holiday. Take them to the dollar store and help them pick out a variety of candy, coloring books and plush animals to place in the basket. They'll also get to choose how to decorate it. Have your children keep their gifts hidden until Easter morning when they can trade goodies.
Create a "magic" jellybean garden. This is an innovative and exciting way for your little one to receive gifts for the holiday. The night before Easter, take a handful of jellybeans and plant them in the dirt. After your child goes to bed, place a variety of smaller goodies over the plot. When they wake up in the morning, they'll be under the impression that the jellybeans sprouted and grew into the presents. The elation and awe they feel will be contagious and will add a touch of magic to the Easter festivities.
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