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Easter is a wonderful holiday to create family traditions with your kids, and it can be easy too. Children look forward to annual traditions and family activities, no matter how simple they may seem. As adults we look back on our own childhood traditions with great joy and fondness. Traditions are the things we remember most from being a kid! Families celebrate the holidays in many different ways, and it is through these activities that we create lasting memories! Annual Family Christmas and Birthday plans are the most popular, but why not add some Easter Traditions for your kids to cherish! Developing family traditions can be fun and easy without taking hours to create elaborate crafts and activities. I have 5 great Easter Traditions that you can start with your children this year!
1) Color Easter Eggs the Same Way Every Year, but also Add A New Twist
In our house, we buy the PAAS Easter Egg Dye Kit every year to use on our hard boiled eggs. My boys love guessing what color dye will come from each tablet as they drop it into the cup. The tablets are familiar to them and they look forward to the tradition. But every year, we also try out a different and new technique on a few blow out eggs (aka hollow egg shells). These special eggs last year after year, and the kids enjoy remembering which egg was dyed with which method. Pinterest is full of many creative Egg dyeing techniques to try. I like to display our special eggs in a basket during the Easter season.
2) Buy a New Easter Book Every Year or Check one out from the Library
As my boys get older I hang onto the special moments when we all sit down and I get to read them a story. We have a few favorite Easter books in our house including: The Story of the Easter Bunny, Max’s Chocolate Chicken, Easter Bugs, and The Tale of Peter Rabbit. A nice tradition I have established with my kids is to bring them to the local bookstore and let them choose a new Easter book every year. We make a fun date out of it. After school, we grab a snack and then take our time looking through the Easter book display. Adding one book to our home library every year is a fun way for the boys to create memories, and hopefully one day they will pass along their favorite Easter stories to their own kids. If it’s not in your budget to buy new books all the time, then head to your local library and check out a few Easter books with the kids. You can always put their favorites stories on hold and then check the shelves for a couple new ones.
3) The Night Before Easter order a Pizza & Watch the movie HOP
Pizza/Movie night is a weekly family tradition in our house and at Easter we watch the same movie every year. It’s a great way for me to skip out on cooking dinner, and we all have fun watching the movie HOP. If you haven’t seen this funny movie, then add it to your list of Easter ideas to try this year. A couple other cute Easter movies for smaller children include: It’s the Easter Beagle, Charlie Brown and The Easter Bunny is Coming to Town. So order dinner, curl up on the sofa with your kids, and enjoy this great family tradition.
4) Let the Kids Hide Easter Eggs for You
After our annual Easter Egg hunt in the back yard is over, my boys love playing with the now empty plastic eggs. A couple years ago, my youngest son felt bad that mommy and daddy didn’t get to find any eggs. So, we told him to hide a few and then we would go hunt for them. This small act has created a family tradition in our house that both boys really look forward too! They have fun hiding eggs all over the inside of our house, and then watching mom and dad find them. Those little plastic eggs are very useful all day in our house.
5) Create a Traditional Easter Menu
My boys love to eat our annual Easter Ham. We enjoy brunch out with the grandparents on Easter Sunday, but have ham for dinner every year. My kids look forward to that Honey Baked Ham, the same way they can’t wait for the turkey on Thanksgiving. Whether you always make pancakes for breakfast or eat ham for dinner, picking a special meal for the kids to anticipate is a fun family tradition.
I think kids thrive on routine and look forward to family traditions. So make sure you start some new easy Easter family traditions with you kids this year. If you already have some great ones, I’d love to hear about them in the comments below.