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Easter Traditions for Families

10 Easter Traditions to Start With Your Kids

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Hop into Easter traditions that give families a new way to celebrate one of the oldest holidays in the world. Not only will your family love these traditions now, like any good tradition, your kids can enjoy them with their kids too.

1. Learn About Easter and Easter Traditions

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Chocolate bunnies and fuzzy chicks often overshadow the real reason we observe Easter. Do kids know the true meaning of Easter?

Start an Easter tradition that teaches them Easter 101. Kids may also be interested in learning about the history of the Easter bunny. Each year, your family can revisit these lessons and make learning something new about Easter a part of your traditions.

2. Plant an Easter Garden

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Let one of your Easter traditions brighten up your yard. Easter is a happy reminder that it's time to say goodbye to winter. Celebrate the arrival of spring by planting a garden with your kids for Easter.

Marigolds, petunias and other annuals turn that patch of dirt into an instant flower garden for kids. Follow a regional gardening guide to enjoy everything spring can offer your family's garden.

3. Record Your Family Dyeing Eggs

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Of course, dyeing eggs is a cherished memory of Easter for kids. Capture those memories for the whole family.

Set up a video camera in the corner of the room to record your family dyeing Easter eggs from start to finish. Just let the camera roll as you and the kids color eggs with natural dyes, decorate them with herbs or add flair to them with tie-dyed effects.

Be sure to turn on the video camera every year. It won't be long until you can edit a home movie on your computer that shows Easter after Easter of your family dyeing eggs in the kitchen.

4. Bake Easter Goodies

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Break out the mixing bowls and aprons. There's fun to be had in the kitchen at Easter.

Bake a cute bunny cake or serve up a bunny cupcake cake. If you want to keep it simple, try a sugar cookies recipe instead. Use a bunny-shaped cookie cutter, vanilla cookie glaze and sprinkle coconut on top to make Easter bunny cookies. The kids will spring into the kitchen to see what else you can bake together for Easter.

5. Make Easter Baskets With Your Kids

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Easter baskets date back hundreds of years. So how can you start a new Easter tradition with something that's been given year after year? Get the kids in on the fun.

Siblings can make Easter baskets for each other. This helps teach them what each other likes or dislikes while encouraging them to be generous and kind to one another.

If you have one child, let her help create her own Easter basket. You'll be surprised how much fun she has being in charge of making her own Easter basket.

Before your kids start loading their Easter baskets with chocolate and jelly beans, though, give them options other than candy. Toys, trinkets and games are just some of the many gifts for Easter baskets that will keep them off of a sugar high.

6. Snap a Picture

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You're all dressed up in your Sunday best. Every year, take your family's picture in the same spot with everyone in their Easter clothes. The location is up to you ... a nearby park, at church or on your front porch.

Think like a photographer to capture the best photo each year, whether you're shooting a group photo or you just want to take great pictures of the kids. Over time, you'll have a wonderful keepsake that shows just how much your family has grown.

7. Host an Easter Brunch

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Whether you're expecting relatives from out of town or it's just you, your spouse and the kids, brunch is one of those Easter traditions that encourages the family to spend time around the table. It's also a good excuse to eat outside.

Planning your Easter brunch menu is easy. There are Easter brunch recipes for kids as well as Easter breakfast and brunch ideas that will please the whole family.

Having a lot of children over too? Turn brunch into an Easter party for everyone.

8. Hunt Easter Eggs

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We may not be able to attend the annual White House Easter Egg Roll, but you can have plenty of fun in your own backyard. Or find an Easter egg hunt near you. Many cities, zoos and even ski resorts plan Easter egg hunts, parades and other activities for the kids to enjoy.

While the egg hunt is probably an Easter tradition you enjoyed as a child too, spread the fun out for more than one day for your kids. Hide Easter eggs around the house, in your yard or on the playground. Let them hunt plastic eggs several days after Easter is over. The thrill of the hunt doesn't fade for kids.

9. Watch Easter Movies

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Easter traditions center around family, and Easter movies for kids and families give you a good reason to snuggle up on the couch together. Older children may be ready for Easter and Passover movies with a more adult tone.

Instead of just popping in a DVD, make your Easter movie night an event. Your house becomes the movie theater, complete with an usher, concession stand and movie tickets.

10. Create Easter Arts and Crafts

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Your set of Easter traditions wouldn't be complete without Easter arts and crafts. Kids can do everything from draw a cartoon bunny to play Easter bingo.

Download free Easter printables that include Easter-themed word search, tic-tac-toe and coloring pages too. Or make Easter cards for friends and familes.

Stick with your Easter traditions. Some day your kids will be sharing them with their own children.
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