Are you thinking about not celebrating Easter this year? Cancel that thought! Certainly the Easter holidays this year will be taking a very different tone with the ongoing social distancing. However, there are still ways to celebrate Easter during a pandemic as a family. With some creativity and planning, you can make sure that your family still has an enjoyable Easter break.
Relax on Home Schooling
During this time parents can relax on the homeschooling requirements and remember that the children have actually vacated for the term. While you want to keep them engaged, remember that this is holiday time for them. You can still make plans to keep them engaged during the day, but you can reduce the number of hours you expect them to spend on academic learning.
Celebrate Family Traditions
Do you have family traditions for Easter? You want to find creative ways to still celebrate at this time while staying at home. Check with your Church and see if they are offering an online Easter service. Dress up as a family, take some photos and celebrate Easter with a special meal. Make the effort to celebrate what Easter means and talk about it as a family. [Read: How to Teach Children about Easter]
Read the Bible
Reading the Bible is always a great thing to do with family, as it can bring the entire family closer and deepen your faith. You can read about the death and resurrection of Christ. Pray together and share things that you are grateful for at this time. You could pick your favourite bible passages at this time and discuss it as a family.
“As they entered the tomb, they saw a young man dressed in a white robe sitting on the right side, and they were alarmed. ‘Don’t be alarmed,’ he said. ‘You are looking for Jesus the Nazarene, who was crucified. He has risen! He is not here. See the place where they laid him. But go, tell his disciples and Peter, ‘He is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him, just as he told you.’’ – Mark 16:5-7
Celebrate Easter with an Online Party
Easter is a time of celebration as a family and community. Though you cannot visit other family members at this time, to celebrate Easter during a pandemic you can connect with them online. Perhaps you would have visited grandparents? Place a video call to them. You can plan to have a group online call with your extended family and friends using platforms such as zoom. Let your children have online play dates with their friends, let them connect with their friends under your supervision.
Let the Kids Decorate the House
Do something different and nice, beautify your homes this Easter. Decorating the house can also be a fun activity to keep your kids occupied. It will be fun to see what they come up with. You don’t have to go out for new decorations. Work with old Christmas and Easter decorations that you have in the house and watch your kids transform the place.
Watch Movies Together
There are many classics you could watch together. Have a movie night daily or weekly! This is a time to change the rules and be a little more flexible. You can get some inspiration from this list of top Easter movies on Netflix here.
Your children will remember how they felt during this time. Help them to navigate this uncertainty and create a sense of normalcy at home. Reduce discussing constant negative news about the corona virus pandemic.
Customize Your Own Easter egg scavenger hunt!
Yes, Easter is not all about egg hunts and your children should know that already. However, egg hunts are a fun activity associated with Easter. Hide plastic eggs around the house and ask the kids to look for them. The winner will be the person with the most eggs. Or to make it fairer, hide plastic eggs with clues inside to guide them to the next hiding spot, ending with a final clue that leads to a small prize at the end of the hunt. This is a great way to make the search more organised and less competitive as you watch your kids work together.
So Mums do not just let this Easter go by. Get closer to God, have fun, relax and create memories that will go a long way. Happy Resurrection!
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