With the coronavirus pandemic shutting everything down, including our child care center, and the news seeming more and more bleak, Easter may be the last thing on your mind, and if so, that’s okay. On the other hand, celebrating Easter may be just what you and your family need to reconnect and have fun while bringing some stability back for your preschoolers. However, with churches shuttered and events like egg hunts, family gatherings, other events cancelled, it may seem like Easter is on hold this year, but it doesn’t have to be. To help you, our preschool in Raleigh is sharing some tips on how to make Easter special during a pandemic.
Attend Online Church Services
If attending Easter service and getting your family dressed in adorable Easter outfits is something you do every year, you don’t need to skip this one. Your church is most likely hosting online services to share the Good News, and if they aren’t, there are plenty of churches, both national and local, with streaming services. Get dressed up and gather in the living room to enjoy service together. Or, if getting dressed sounds stressful, if there was ever a time to attend church in your PJs, this is it!
Organize a Neighborhood Egg Hunt
While gathering together to hunt Easter eggs isn’t possible to do safely, there are some fun substitutes. For example, if there is a neighborhood or town Facebook page, see if there is a window egg hunt. Basically, people will cut out and decorate Easter eggs and put them in their windows, and children in the neighborhood can walk around and “hunt” for the eggs. This is a great way to get out of the house safely. Don’t forget to decorate your egg for the window!
Outdoor Easter Fun
If the weather is nice on Easter Sunday, take your Easter celebration outdoors with these ideas:
- Backyard Easter Egg Hunt
- Egg & Spoon Race – Two racers each hold an egg in a spoon, whoever crosses the finish line first wins! We recommend using a plastic egg so it doesn’t break and your little racers can just stop and pick up the egg if it drops!
- Jumping Bunnies – The Easter equivalent of a potato sack race, grab pillowcases or potato sacks and race across the finish line.
Inside Easter Fun for Preschoolers
If the weather is nasty or you don’t have an outdoor space to take advantage of, there are still plenty of ways to celebrate Easter with preschoolers from inside the house.
Best Books for Easter
- Little Blue Truck’s Springtime – Alice Schertle
- Pete the Cat’s Big Easter Adventure – James Dean
- Happy Easter, Little Critter – Mercer Mayer
- God Gave Us Easter – Lisa Tawn Bergren
- The Easter Story – Patricia Pingry
Best Easter Movies
- Prince of Egypt – Dreamworks
- Hop – Universal
- Peter Rabbit – Sony
Easter Games & Crafts
- Hoppy Floppy’s Happy Hunt – A lovely, simple board game that is perfect for kids ages 3-6.
- Easter cards – If your family normally spends the holiday with grandparents and other people they can’t see now, have them make cards. Not only will this help your children feel better, your extended family will love getting it in the mail!
- Salt dough Easter eggs – Make up a simple salt dough, roll it out to about 1/2-inch thick, and use an Easter egg cookie cutter or something similar to cut it out. Bake the unpainted eggs on 250° F for about an hour or so, and once cool, let your kids get creative with paint, glitter, gluing pom-poms, what ever you have on hand.
- Mini Egg Baskets – After coloring eggs, you probably have a free carton. Split the carton into thirds so each third has four egg-holder spaces. Have the kids paint and decorate the baskets. Poke holes in the sides where to egg holders come together and, using two different colors of pipe cleaners twisted together, make a handle that goes through the two holes to create a basket.
Have a Safe & Happy Easter from Our Preschool in Raleigh
We know that things are challenging right now, not only for the kids we serve at our preschool in Raleigh, but everywhere. We hope that you have an excellent holiday, no matter how or if you choose to celebrate Easter.
While we are closed right now, we are looking forward to opening back up in a few weeks, on May 11th, 2020. If you’re interested in enrolling your child in a 5 star child care center in Raleigh, contact us today at our North Hills Drive location at 919-785-0303 or our Spring Forest Location at 919-790-6888 or schedule a tour!