Camping is always fun at Easter but if you’re camping with kids how do you make sure they don’t feel like they’re missing out on a visit from the Easter Bunny?
Like many families we often like to go camping at Easter. And while it can be tricky to hide chocolate from prying eyes and prevent it from melting in the heat, there are lots of other ways to celebrate Easter and make it fun for kids.
[headline size=”small” align=”left”]1. easter egg hunt[/headline]
Rule number one for campers is not to leave food lying around and nobody wants to wake up in the morning and find that the local wildlife and everybody else’s kids have eaten all your chocolate goodies.
I usually leave a few chocolates at the end of the camp beds inside the tent and then do an Easter egg treasure hunt using non-edible ‘treasures’.
I have a few plastic eggs filled with dares and activities for the kids to do to keep the game going or I fill each one with a jigsaw piece, which they then put together.
The jigsaw is quite a good idea because it means you’ll know if you’ve missed one of the plastic eggs somewhere (rule number 2 for campers, don’t leave rubbish behind).
Another option, which our kids love, is hiding the plastic eggs filled with a single glow stick for a night-time Easter egg hunt. Again, make sure you don’t leave any behind.
[headline size=”small” align=”left”]2. easter bunny footprints[/headline]
We overcome this by getting the kids to write a note at home explaining where we’ll be.
Also, once they are asleep we cut out a large footprint stencil to make a footprint on the ground with flour to prove he’s been.
[headline size=”small” align=”left”]3. dyed or decorated egg shells[/headline]
If you’re having eggs for breakfast, you may as well use the shells for something Eastery.
Cut a small hole at the top and bottom of the egg using a sharp knife to make the hole. Blow the egg yolk out through the hole (blowing through the hole at the top of the egg so the yolk comes out the bottom hole) and then lightly rinse the egg.
Dry it with a towel and then you can decorate it. You can paint on the egg shells or draw on them with textas, markers or crayons.
Obviously you need to think ahead and take paints, brushes and art materials with you but they don’t take up much room and the kids will love it.
[headline size=”small” align=”left”]4. easter craft[/headline]
I often take craft materials in our camp kit with basics like scissors, sticky tape, glue, toilet rolls, pieces of felt and some feathers.
I get the kids drawing Easter pictures, making cardboard roll bunnies, felt bunny puppets on sticks, and all kinds of things.
They could even decorate a hat and have their own Easter Hat Parade around the campfire.
[headline size=”small” align=”left”]5. let the easter games commence[/headline]
Easter is a great excuse to get the kids doing all sorts of games like bunny hop races and egg and spoon races.
And make sure the adults get a turn too, why should the kids be the only ones to have all the fun!