Are you looking for some fun ideas to surprise your kids with this Easter? My kids are older now, in their teens actually, but my "holiday friends" and I will continue to bring a little shenanigans to every holiday. Who are my holiday friends? You probably have your holiday friends too — in the form of a leprechaun, Santa, Frosty, the elf, Cupid, and the Easter Bunny!
Holiday fun was obviously more magical when they were littles, but no matter how old my kids get, or how unimpressed they may act in the days leading up to the holiday, you can bet they still look for fun holiday shenanigans – every time – with smiles on their faces.
Here are some very bunny shenanigans you can try this Easter with your little – or big – kids this year.
1. Plant jelly beans
The night before Easter, have them plant jelly beans outside and come morning, with a little bunny magic, lollipops will have grown in their place! You can get fancy Easter themed lollipops, or just use what you have on hand. One year we even had the neighborhood kids plant their own and the next morning it was fun to see them stop by and "pick" their lollipops.
2. Hide the baskets
Yep, that bunny hides the baskets every single year - Even my husband's and the dog's. And you know what? You can bet when my kids come home when they are older, they will STILL have to look for their baskets. You know who is the sore loser though? Somehow the bunny hides Mom's extra hard and I actually take the longest to find mine. They sure get a kick out of that one.
3. Their old favorites
You know the stuffed animals and kid books you have stored away and you just can't seem to get rid of? Somehow that bunny finds them. He places them all over the living room in little scenes, making it easy to read and hang out. It's heartwarming to see how they remember their old pals.
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4. Bunny mess
That messy bunny always leaves a trail of Easter grass as evidence of everywhere it hopped while hiding the baskets and eggs. And of course it leaves some on the bedroom doorknobs and in the kids rooms when he looks in to make sure they are sleeping and their rooms are clean. Don't be surprised if you find a piece of that grass in December – I kid you not, you will probably find some when you bust out the tinsel!
5. Special Easter surprise
Every holiday our kitchen table is decorated and themed out. On Easter each kiddo has their very own ceramic decorative covered dish where they find their favorite candy inside – and it's not usually anything Easter related. A candy so special that they won't find it in their baskets.
6. Easter egg hunt
Every year that bunny hides those eggs in the backyard – but he can get a little silly. Some have jelly beans, loose change, and maybe a few bills to get the big kids running. But you might even find some with a cherry tomato, baby carrot, or even a baby pickle – anything goes. There is much giggling watching them open their eggs. When they get even older, they may find other fun things around the house – it really is a fun activity that you can make hilarious.
7. Bunny poop!
You may also find a few piles of Easter grass with a small mound of black jelly bean poop. Cause you know, when a bunny's gotta go ... a bunny's gotta go.
Funny story: When my daughter 2 years old, she ate some and her older brother looked at her in horror! It was hilarious. "She ate the bunny poop!" To this day, the black jelly beans are still her favorite.
And that's a wrap on our Easter Bunny shenanigans... it's time for this bunny to put up her paws and enjoy.
Wishing you and yours a wonderful and blessed Easter – and here's to not finding a piece of Easter grass this Christmas.
Charlotte Linde is the Managing Editor of Macaroni KID EATS and publisher of Macaroni KID Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
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