Easter – it’s traditionally a Christian holiday that celebrates the death and resurrection of Jesus. Yet in today’s day and age, if you ask someone what springs (pun intended) to mind when they think of Easter, it wouldn’t come as a surprise if they replied, “Easter eggs and the Easter Bunny”.
However, if we think about things a little more deeply, then Easter is, in fact, all about new life and, therefore, does have close associations with the traditional Christian basis of Easter. The blooming of daffodils and blossom, beautiful new-born animals and the brighter mornings and later evenings; all are symbols of Easter.
And for those in education, Easter also marks the end of the Spring term, with students – and teachers – receiving a well-deserved break before the Summer term begins.
So, with the Easter holidays now underway for majority of schools across the country, we thought we’d take a look at some festive-themed activities that you might enjoy during the Easter break…
Visit a farm
Now is the most magical time to visit your local farmyard as Spring is the perfect time to see lots of adorable baby animals! From lambs to kids, calfs to piglets; head down to your local farm over Easter to see all the cuteness in person. The perfect Easter day out!
Create an Easter egg
Get hands-on and have some arty fun by creating an Easter egg. We all remember using papier mâché as children, so why not blow up a balloon, stick newspaper to the balloon using papier mâché, leave it to dry and then burst the balloon and decorate using paint and festive decorative items? This is a great way to get children using their imaginations and creativity, and all in the spirit of Easter.
While this may not initially seem like an Easter-themed activity, in the spirit of new beginnings, why not take the family on a bike ride or a run? It’s a great way to enjoy the spring air and get moving and who knows, maybe it’ll spark a newfound love for sport in a family member!
Parkrun organise weekly 5km runs that are free to take part in and can be enjoyed by all the family. Find your local Parkrun http://www.parkrun.org.uk/events/juniorevents/ here.
Visit your local church
With Easter being a religious celebration first and foremost, why not visit your local church and learn all about its past? Whether you’re religious or not, the church is a beautiful building with lots of history, and they often have stunning grounds too, so paying a visit to your local church could be a lovely activity for one morning or afternoon in the Easter holidays.
Take part in an Easter egg hunt
Who doesn’t love an Easter egg hunt? It’s not only a lot of fun, but it also brings out our competitive side too, especially when there’s lots of chocolate on offer! But if you don’t want chocolate to be the prize, why not create a treasure hunt instead, whereby you create and hide “clues” that link to each other, and that then need to be found by the treasure hunter. The prize could be a pair of Easter themed socks or hairbands, for example.
If you’d like to attend a pre-arranged Easter egg hunt, then The National Trust is once again teaming up with Cadbury’s to create Easter egg hunts at over 250 locations across England, Wales and Northern Ireland. There’s also face-painting, arts and crafts, and other family activities to take part in. Find out more here.
Whatever you choose to do over the Easter holidays, we hope you have an egg-cellent time! Follow us on Twitter @Mango_Marketing