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Fun Easter games
Pin the tail on the Easter Bunny
You will need: A large piece of paper or card, marker pens, a glue stick, a blindfold (a tie or thick headband will do!) and some cotton wool balls.
First, draw out your bunny! You can draw this any way you like, but a simple bunny outline can be made by drawing a snowman shape (two circles, one above the other), with two long ovals on top for the ears. You can then draw a small circle where the bunny's tail should be. Then, find a space on a wall or door that is easy for children to reach, and stick the bunny in place. Next, take the cotton wool balls (one per person per round), and carefully add a small amount of glue to one side before handing them out (if you think this might be a bit too messy for you, feel free to use blu tack or double sided tape instead!). The kids can then take it in turns to cover their eyes with the blindfold and try and 'pin' the tail on the bunny! The aim of the game is to stick the 'tail' as close as possible to the tail on the picture. If you don't have glue or cotton wool balls, don't worry- you can easily substitute with a cut-out paper tail instead.
This twist on a typical home party game will certainly ramp up the fun and get everybody in the mood to celebrate!
Have an Egg Rolling Race
This traditional race has been famously played all across the UK, and the world. Even the White House has a designated Easter Egg Roll on Easter Monday and became a tradition over a hundred years ago when the president allowed children on to the White House grounds to roll their eggs!
To create your own egg rolling race, you will need: Eggs (we recommend 1-2 per person), a saucepan, water, spoons (ideally wooden, but any will do), and some tape or string to mark out the lanes.
Firstly, place your eggs in the saucepan and cover with water. Bring to the boil and boil for 8-10 minutes, until hard-boiled. Then, using a slotted spoon, remove the eggs and leave to cool on a tea towel. While the eggs are cooling down, take your tape or string and mark out some 'lanes' on the ground. When you are ready to start, each person places their egg at the start line, and attempts to roll it along to the finish line using only a spoon. Traditionally wooden spoons are used for this, but tablespoons also work. The aim of the game is to get your egg to the finish line first, using only the spoon to roll it along.
Make a puzzle out of lolly sticks
This is another quick and easy craft idea that will keep the kids entertained while getting creative.
You will need: 8-12 wooden lollipop sticks, pens/paint and tape.
All you need to do for this activity is lay down a strip of tape, sticky side up, and lay the lollipop sticks along the length of the tape side-by-side, so they are fixed in place while you decorate them. Next, take your pens or paints and get creating! You could try painting or drawing some Easter eggs, flowers or yellow chicks, or whatever takes your fancy. Once your work of art is dry, you can simply peel away the tape, mix up the sticks and let the kids put together the puzzle!
Just because it's the school holidays doesn't mean you can't take a little inspiration from sports day and get the family involved in some good old-fashioned competition. If you have a small amount of space indoors or a garden, egg-and-spoon races never go out of style. Alternatively, grab a few pillowcases and attach a cotton wool 'tail' to the back for a hoppy bunny sack race! Along with the Egg Rolling, these games would make a great afternoon of friendly competition- consider awarding prizes to the winners, or even creating an official-style league table and making a day of it!
Dip into a chocolate fondue!
No need to get fancy with this one. Simply get together a bowl, a saucepan, some water, a big bar of chocolate and some dipping implements (think skewers with marshmallows or strawberries!). Fill the saucepan to about 1/3 of the way up with water and place the bowl over the top. You can then break up the chocolate into smaller pieces and place it into the bowl. Next, heat up the water in the saucepan on the hob, and gently stir the chocolate until it melts and becomes completely smooth. Carefully transfer the hot chocolate to a cool bowl, place your fruit or marshmallows on cutlery or skewers, and dip away!
Start a scrapbook
This Easter, the school holidays are looking a little different than normal. Working on filling a daily scrapbook is a great way for children to put aside a little time every day to collect their thoughts, reflect and create. It is also a fun and free way to keep a memento of all the activities they get up to at home and collect together all their Easter crafts too.
You will need: A blank notebook or some pieces of craft paper, folded in half and stapled, pens, paint and craft materials. Encourage the kids to (hygienically) collect things they find or make drawings of things they see or experience. Making rubbings by placing paper over textured surfaces, printing out photographs or cutting pictures out of magazines are great examples of things that can be included in an Easter holiday scrapbook.
With this activity, there are no rules! Allow the kids to lead the way and see where it takes you! Parents can get involved too and make their own, or you could even make a big family scrapbook.
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7 cool KS1 Science Investigations to do at home
Learn about germs
This fun, sparkly activity will help your children visualise how germs spread and the importance of hand-washing.
Make a self-inflating balloon
We are now going to see a balloon inflate itself without anyone having to blow it up! Yes, it's time for a little scientific investigation into chemical reactions. Here we'll use a base (baking powder) and an acid (vinegar). What happens when a base mixes with an acid? It produces CO2, the same gas we breathe out. In this experiment, the gas produced by the reaction can't escape and fills the balloon.
Learn how to make a lava lamp
Science goes groovy! You can use just a few household items to imitate your old lava lamp from back in the Noughties. This fun activity teaches children about density and provides another opportunity to see C02 in action.
Make your own water filter
This science investigation from the year 2 science curriculum teaches us how to separate a solid from a liquid, and what materials are better at filtering than others.
See how different chocolate melts
The experiment they've all been waiting for - chocolate tasting! In this investigation, children test different types of chocolate against each other to see how fast they each melt. You can use a variety of different types of chocolate, ones with wrappers and others without, dark, milk and white chocolates, with fillings and without, and a range of sizes and textures.
Easy DIY Slime
Our favourite kind of slime - all natural, non-toxic and easy to clean up. When it dries to a powder you can simply hoover it up. This science investigation shows children that there are some substances that can act like both a liquid and a solid.
Dye some flowers
This is one of our favourite investigations, and it's a fun way to teach primary children about transpiration.