Getting Young People Outdoors over Easter
Entertaining young people over the Easter break with activities can be a challenge. Especially given the current situation due to coronavirus. But with Spring time finally here, the daffodils are out and the sun is shining bright! So it’s a great time to put the iPads down and get outdoors for some egg-citing activities! Here are some ideas to keep your young ones (and the not so young) having fun in the sun:
1. Eco Egg Painting
This activity is wonderful for young people with an artistic streak. Painting eggs to look beautiful is a fun Easter tradition. Instead of regular shop bought paint, try making your own colours using natural ingredients. Berries can be crushed to make vibrant reds and purples whilst a combination of onion skins and daffodil petals give a glorious yellow hue. For grey, a bit of wood ash with water works well. And if you need an excuse to get a bit mucky, gather some dirt for a luscious brown.
Eggs can be painted as they come or hollowed out. It takes a bit of practise to learn how to create hollow eggs. Without the insides, the eggs are much more fragile, but they won’t go “off.” They can also be kept for much longer as a result. The painted eggs can then be used for a whole range of different activities.
2. Easter Egg Hunt
A fairly classic no-brainer! Instead of hiding chocolate eggs though, why not try hiding challenge eggs outdoors? Start by writing some challenges on small slips of paper. These could be anything from “10 star jumps” to “Find something beginning with R.” Next, take a few of your hollow painted eggs, and very carefully slide one of the challenge slips into one of the holes. Hide the eggs around your garden, a local park or green space and watch the fun! Or you could hide the eggs around the house but go outside to do the challenges! A fantastic way to encourage a bit of egg-cersise I’m sure you’ll agree.
3. Egg and Spoon Obstacle Race
Instead of the age-old staple of a point to point race, throw in some hurdles to spice things up. Trees make wonderful natural outdoor obstacles, with branches to duck under and trunks to navigate around. For bonus points, try jumping over tree roots! For some egg-stra Easter activities, get the young people to wear bunny ears or tails made out of materials they found outdoors, including leaves, twigs and vines.
4. Egg Roll
The Easter version of a cheese roll, minus the cheese (and without the injury rate!). Firstly, you need to gather some of your painted Easter Eggs. Next, find a park or field with a big hill, and mark out and start point at the top with a finish point at the bottom. Line all racers up along the top (at a socially acceptable distance) with an egg ready. Then call “Go!” nice and loud! Participants may give their egg a starting nudge as it then rolls down the hill, racing against all the other eggs. The first egg to cross the finish point wins! Once they have stopped rolling, carefully walk down with the young people to collect any surviving eggs.
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These are just a few egg-samples of fun outdoor activities to play with young people over the holidays. If you are looking for some egg-cellent activities to get them outdoors when schools open again, please check out our range of team building challenges. Alongside making new friends, being outside in the fresh air has been proven to improve young peoples concentration back in the classroom.