Have your bunny cake and eat it too!

By Southern Living Editors
April 02, 2020
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You and your little ones have already given up a lot these past few weeks: going to school, playing with friends, visiting grandparents. And with Easter on the horizon, it may feel like another opportunity for disappointment and unmet expectations. No, you may not be able to go to church in person nor attend your sister’s usual Easter brunch, but there are still plenty of fun ways to make the holiday feel special and keep time-honored traditions alive. Here are three ways to rethink the annual Easter egg hunt and give your family’s morale a bunny-worthy boost.

Invite family members to phone in with clues.

Your kids have likely already experimented with Zoom or FaceTime for school or for conversations with friends. Now, use the apps to include your extended family in the Easter fun. Before the egg hunt, send your virtual attendees a list of clues that point to the eggs’ hiding spots. Then, once everyone is on the call, family members should take turns reading clues one at a time. After each clue, the kids can work together to find the eggs in their respective hiding places. By treating the egg hunt more like a scavenger hunt, you’ll give your children more opportunities to engage with their loved ones throughout the virtual festivities, which dials up the fun for all.

Take it to social media.

This year, trade the Easter Egg Roll for an Easter Egg Scroll. On a chosen day, have family members and friends post photos in which they have hidden colorful Easter eggs. Then, show the photos to your children (if there are multiple children participating, we suggest screen-sharing on the TV or printing out the photos) and ask them to spot the clandestine eggs. “I Spy…”, but make it springy!

Encourage neighborhood involvement … from a distance, of course.

From celebrating with drive-by wedding parades to drawing encouraging messages in sidewalk chalk, people have been more creative than ever in their efforts to feel connected to their communities. Channel that friendly spirit and organize a social distancing-appropriate Easter egg hunt. Invite each of your neighbors to hide 5 eggs in their front yards (make sure they’re visible from the street!), then take your young treasure hunters on a scouting mission to point them all out. Alternately, ask your neighbors to decorate Easter egg-shaped cutouts and tape them in their windows or on their front doors, then let the kids count them on an afternoon walk or drive. If you want to include far-away family members in the festivities, take your phone along for a FaceTime call or record a video and send it their way afterward.