13 ways to make Easter fun without leaving home.
No matter where you are in the world, people are facing the real possibility of spending Easter at home.
For some this will be unusual, as Easter weekend is traditionally a time when people pack up the family and head off on an adventure.
If this is you, there’s every chance you’re feeling annoyed, cheated or frustrated at the thought of being stuck at home.
The thing is being frustrated is not going to help. It’s not going to change anything… We are in challenging times right now and remember – this too shall pass.
The only thing you can change right now is your attitude towards the situation. Instead of focusing on what you CAN’T do, focus on what you can do. Ask yourself, how can I make the most of this situation.
Staying home doesn’t mean you have to follow the same old ‘home’ routine. Decide now that you’re still going into holiday mode. Put some of the regular household chores on hold and take some time-out to stop and smell the roses.
Let’s look at some ways to make staying at home this Easter fun!
Were you planning a camping trip?
Camp at home! If you have room, pitch the tent in the back yard. See how many things you can do that you normally do while camping. And if you can’t do it, improvise. For example, if you can’t light a fire, make a pretend campfire, sit around and tell stories. See how close you can make it to the real thing.
What else can you do without leaving home?
- Plan an Easter egg scavenger hunt, with clues… I used to do this every year for my kids, in fact it’s only in the last couple of years that we stopped it. When I announced this to the family my youngest daughter (at the time 31 years old) was not happy with me at all and I had to agree to do it for one more year.
- Get the kids to plan a show or a dance competition for the rest of the family – maybe Facetime other family members to watch the show.
- Have a movie night complete with home cooked popcorn.
- Drag out your board games and have a pizza and games night – Make your own pizzas (my Pizza Supreme recipe is in Book 1) and if you don’t have any board games, who doesn’t love a game of snap… have fun creating your own ideas, the key is to spend quality time with your loved ones😊
- Use the long weekend to start a project like planting a veggie garden or some seeds. If space is limited, plant them in pots. If you don’t have any seeds, see what you have in the fridge – tomatoes will grow from seed very easily
- Do a cooking class with the kids, there’s lots of easy recipes in my cookbooks.
- What about a dance off or Karaoke competition. Go to YouTube and search ‘karaoke songs with lyrics’ to get some inspiration.
- Unplug from the world for a few days and get back to basics – play hopscotch or hide and seek. Build a blanket cubby house or use this time to embrace reading a good novel, my granddaughter is loving the Harry Potter series right now.
What if staying home means you’re on your own?
- Perhaps you can arrange to video call the family and get them to include you in what they’re doing. When my daughter lived overseas, I used to Facetime my grand-kids. I’d read them stories and my granddaughter would show me her latest dance moves or sing me a song. You could even play games with them, such as charades, hangman or noughts and crosses.
If connecting with family in this way is not an option, here are some more ideas:
- Feeling burnt out? Plan your own in-home pamper retreat
- Want to learn something new? Search YouTube for inspiration – Have a go at origami. Try your hand at calligraphy or a drawing class. I love crocheting and there are some great YouTube videos to help if you’re a beginner.
- Always wanted to write a book? Now’s the perfect time to start 😊
The secret is to make the most of the situation. It can be about as much fun as you decide to make it. Whatever you choose to do, have a fun Easter at home 😊