Easter is a holiday when many families and friends gather for the long weekend. Plan a special Easter Bunny Party for all of the young children in the group. It's important to teach them the significance of Easter Sunday but children look forward to family gatherings so they can play and enjoy the time together with cousins and other children their age.
If the family is coming for the entire weekend you can plan the party on Friday or Saturday afternoon. Send out a special invitation a week or so before the Easter weekend to all of the children. Make Easter bunny-shaped invitations from construction paper. The invitation can read something like, "Hop on over to Grandma's house on Friday at 3:00 p.m. for a special Easter Bunny party just for you." Just print your message out on paper and glue to the invitation or handprint it if you have nice hand printing.
All great parties have games!
- An Easter bunny party will need to have a real "Bunny Hop." Have the children hop like a rabbit to the music, "Here comes Peter Cotton Tail." You might have to teach the children to sing the song and they can just sing as they hop.
- Draw an oversized picture of an bunny rabbit on a large piece of poster board or cardboard. One at a time, each child is blindfolded and given a cotton ball to tack on the bunny as the tail. Of course the child who pins the tail the closest to where the tail should be receives a prize.
- For a silly game, cut some carrots into thin small strips and see who can eat the carrots like a rabbit. You can also do this with marshmallow candy.
- Lay out a plastic table cloth on the floor and fill a large metal or plastic bowl with cotton balls. You will also need another empty bowl, a large spoon and a blindfold. Blindfold a child and watch as he/she tries to scoop the cotton balls from one bowl into the other. Give all of the children a turn. They will all have a fun time watching each other because it isn't as easy as it sounds!
- Have the children hold a hard-boiled egg in a spoon and race each other to the finish line without dropping their egg. This can be a relay-type race if you have a large group.
- All great Easter bunny parties will end with an Easter egg hunt! Fill plastic eggs with fun little toys, candies and coins for exciting treasures.
Plan a picnic with some fun Easter-type refreshments such as egg-salad sandwiches, carrots and dip, potato chips, sherbert and of course you will need to make a bunny-shaped cake.
Easter Bunny Cake directions:
Bake two 9" round cakes of your choice. After the cake has cooled completely, leave one round cake as it is. Cut the other round cake for two ears and a bow tie. Cut two convex pieces for ears, one off of each side, and this will leave a concave piece for the bowtie. Cover all pieces with fluffy white frosting. Color a small amount of coconut with red food coloring for the inside of the bunny's ears. Sprinkle white coconut over the rest of the cake. Decorate the face and bowtie with candy pieces and shoestring licorice.