Spring has sprung and Easter is right around the corner! That means class parties, youth group events and fun gatherings with family are on the horizon. If you are playing a role in hosting such an event, then consider providing some extra amusement for your guests with these 15 fun and energetic Easter and Springtime themed games!
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Several of these can be modified or timed to add a minute-to-win-it game show feel to the festivities. A handful of them can be made into an educational game if you’re a teacher and need an element of intellect.
Many of the materials needed for these games can be found lying around your home or purchased at the Dollar Tree. This is a very inexpensive way to have some extra Easter fun at your next Spring Fling.
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Just to warn you, many of these can be messy so you may want to consider doing them outside or having a hefty amount of baby wipes and paper towels at the ready!
I mean, who knew that marshmallow Peeps shed so much sugar when manipulated with your hands!
The rules are the same as for Tic-Tac-Toe but played with 2 different colored bunny Peeps. Three in a row wins!
2. Stretch a Peep
All you need is a bunny Peep, a ruler or tape measure and a sheet of paper (to act as a place mat and catch falling sugar). The object of the game is to see how far you can stretch a Peep without breaking it.
Hint: they stretch better if you warm them up in your hands first.
Teacher tips: have students measure their Peeps before they are stretched and after they are stretched. Subtract the difference. Then, put a few kids together and have them line up their Peeps. Have them measure their Peep train creation. Next, instruct the team of kids to add up the length of their individual peeps to find the total length of their peep train.
3. Balance Bean
You’ll need one plastic cup, a $1 bag of jelly beans, a small piece of plastic wrap and a rubber band or hair tie.
Fill the cup with jelly beans, place plastic wrap over the top and secure with elastic band. Have contestant see it they can balance the cup on their head for one minute.
To make this extra challenging, have contestants race a certain, predetermined distance while balancing the beans! If the cup falls off they can continue to play but have to begin from the starting line.
If you’d rather not be finding jelly beans under your couch for the next year, I recommend doing this one outside. I mean, I have faith in plastic wrap and rubber bands but… not that much!
4. Scrambled Eggs
Get a lot of plastic Easter Eggs. A few years ago I lost my mind and bought 100, 6 count packages (yes, you read that right) of jumbo plastic eggs for 10 cents a pack. That means I bought 600 eggs for $10.
They were on major clearance at Walgreens a few weeks after Easter and, well, apparently I just had to have them. My dream is to host a glow-in-the-dark Easter Egg hunt for the kids on my block!
Anywho, dump several (I think I dumped 70 or 80) in a large tub. Take 10 of them out and put one jelly bean in each. Toss those ten back in the tub with the others and scramble them all up.
Participants have one minute to rifle through the bin and find the 10 eggs with the jelly beans inside. They don’t necessarily have to open them, they just need to shake them.
Make sure they place the jelly bean eggs off to the side once they find them to avoid added confusion!
5. Jelly Belly Button
Players place one jelly bean in their belly button and must race a certain, predetermined distance while keeping the jelly bean secure in their belly button. NO HANDS ALLOWED! But participants can be creative with their method of transport (hunched over, leaning back, etc.)
Whoever crosses the finish line first with their jelly bean still in their belly button wins!
6. Spoon Race
This is a classic and can be done with plastic eggs for less mess or real eggs if you want to take the excitement up a notch.
All you need are the eggs and some spoons of the same size. Players must race a certain, predetermined distance while balancing the egg on their spoon. If the egg drops, players can still participate but must begin again at the starting line.
7. Egg (or jelly bean) Launch
You will need several baskets or buckets. They can be the same size or different sizes. Line them up or arrange them in a triangle-like shape against a wall (easier for littler kids) or in the middle of a room/yard.
Next, gather either some plastic eggs or jelly beans and a plastic spoon.
The plastic spoon will act as a catapult or launcher, sending your eggs or beans flying towards the buckets.
Participants have one minute to try and get as many eggs or jelly beans into the buckets as they can.
Teacher tip: Place pieces of paper with numbers on them at the bottom of the buckets or tape them to the sides. I put 5’s and 10’s in the bottoms of my buckets.
For every egg that lands in the bucket, the kid gets the number of points shown on the paper. Boom! Now you have kids doing math to calculate their score and counting by 5’s, 10’s or whatever number you choose.
8. Egg Roll
Players will need one plastic egg or one hard-boiled egg and a fair amount of room to spread out. Determine the distance you want the players to race. Participants must get down on their hands and knees at the starting line and, using only their nose, roll their egg (no hands allowed!) across the finish line.
We used plastic eggs in this video.
P.S. I am getting old.
9. Chubby Bunny with Peeps!
Do you remember this game?! I once won a Chubby Bunny contest at one of my high school pep rallies. My parents were so proud.
This version of the game is exactly the same but played with Peeps.
Each contestant has a package of Peeps and, one at a time, shove them in their mouth.
After each new Peep is added, players must CLEARLY say the words “Chubby Bunny” while keeping all Peeps inside their mouth.
I think my kids might need a little more practice if they ever want to take after their ol’ mom and win at Chubby Bunny.
If you have ever played the minute-it-to-win-it game Cookie Face, then this will be familiar. The rules are the same but, rather than a cookie, you use a Peep.
Place one Peep atop your forehead and, using only facial movements and eye twitches, get the Peep to travel from your forehead to your mouth. No hands allowed! You have one minute.
P.S. You will be dusting sugar dust off your forehead for some time after this.
11. Egg Toss
An oldie but a goodie. Give one egg, plastic or real, to a pair of kids. Have them stand about 5 feet away from each other and toss the egg to their partner. If the egg is caught, have each of them take one step back. See how far they can go before dropping the egg.
12. Humpty Dumpty
Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall, Humpty Dumpty had a great fall!
In this energetic game, kids use a plastic spoon to catapult a jelly bean across a table or other surface and knock over plastic eggs.
Using a paper loop to keep each egg upright, I lined up 10 of them along our porch table and gave my kids one minute to see how many they could knock over.
It wasn’t easy and, careful, because jelly beans launched off a plastic spoon hurt if they hit you!
13. Peter Cotton Tail
This one is so cute! You will need a smaller box of tissues, one belt or rope (I used the tie from a child’s bath robe), 10-12 plastic eggs, some cotton balls and a hot glue gun (those last 2 are optional).
Construct your cotton tail by emptying out the tissue box and removing the plastic layer that covers the hole. Cut two slits in the sides for the belt to go through and glue cotton balls around the hole.
Let it dry and then place the plastic eggs inside the tissue box. Tie the cotton tail to a contestant and give them one minute to hop like a bunny. The goal is to get all of the eggs out of the box!
14. Peter Cotton Face
This one and #15 are definitely the messiest but also possibly the most fun and entertaining!
For Peter Cotton Face, have one or more players smear petroleum jelly all over their face (make it thick!). They may need some help from an adult.
Then put a plate of cotton balls in front of them and have them smash their face into it so the cotton balls will stick.
Viola! They are now an Easter bunny!
15. Easter Egg Roulette
We have Jimmy Fallon to thank for this one! Guests on his show play egg roulette all the time.
You’ll need 11 eggs that have been hard boiled and one egg that is NOT hard boiled. If you have the time and want to make it even more Eastery… dye the eggs!
Players take turns picking an egg from the lot and smashing it over their head with enough force to break the egg. Of course, the game ends when the raw egg gets smeared in someone’s hair.
Winner winner chicken dinner!
For kicks, I brought my husband in for this one!
Y’all… have fun, be silly and Happy Easter!
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