Date published: 2022-4-03
Easter-themed activities for all ages
Easter is a fun holiday for everyone and a perfect opportunity to bring cheer to older adults.
Whether or not you participate in the religious aspect, the Easter holiday is bright and joyful and is a great time to get together with family and friends.
To help you enjoy the holiday, we rounded up 6 fun Easter activities for seniors.
These ideas are great for people at any age and fun to do in groups or one-on-one.
6 ways to celebrate Easter with seniors
1. Decorate the house
Creating simple Easter-themed decorations is a fun activity and placing them all around the house will instantly brighten the mood.
Try these festive DIY Easter crafts and decor ideas:
- Dye eggs for an Easter egg hunt or for a table display for an Easter-themed meal – here are simple dyeing instructions using food coloring and this video explains how to use staple food items to create dye for eggs (go to 1 min 15 sec in video).
- Hang these 3-D Easter egg ornaments – make these fun ornaments with colored paper (or color them after printing on plain paper) and ribbon (or string scraps).
- Display this festive table centerpiece – all you need is an egg carton and some paint or colored markers.
- Hang this Bunny Easter garland – don’t worry if you don’t have pom-poms, try using cotton balls or just use the festive bunny shapes without a “tail.” And feel free to color in your bunnies if you don’t have colored paper.
- Make these happy sock bunnies – if you don’t have felt, use pieces from a different colored sock or colored paper to make the face and belly.
2. Make creative Easter baskets
Making and giving Easter baskets as gifts is another fun way to celebrate the spring season.
As an fun alternative to a store-bought basket, we found some great tutorials on DIY Easter baskets.
Once you have a basket or container, fill it with some store-bought or DIY “grass” (cut plain or colored paper into thin strips) and your favorite candy or decorations from the ideas shared above.
These DIY easter basket tutorials and fun and festive:
- Soda bottle Easter basket
- Recycled paper Easter basket
- Paper Easter basket – instead of brass fasteners, try making two holes so you can tie with a twist tie, ribbon, or string. Using glue on each layer might work too.
- Woven paper basket – if you don’t have colored paper, make colorful patterns and shapes on plain paper.
- Milk jug Easter basket
3. Send Easter cards to family and friends
It’s always fun to get cards or letters in the mail. So why not make simple Easter cards to send to friends and family?
You could make them by hand or print some out. They don’t have to be fancy, it’s the thought that matters most.
Some templates you might like:
- 10 free, printable Easter Cards
- Free printable Easter cards
- More free printable Easter cards
- Washi tape Easter egg card tutorial – instead of washi tape, you can also use colored tissue paper or just draw with colored markers or pencils.
4. Have a virtual family gathering on Easter Sunday
Holidays are a great reason to get together with family and friends – even those who don’t live in the area.
One good thing to come out of the coronavirus pandemic is the widespread use of video chats and conference phone calls.
Even if you’re seeing some family and friends in person, consider adding on a group video chat or a group phone call to visit with people who live far away.
For free one-on-one video calls:
- FaceTime on Apple iPhones
- Facebook Messenger
- Skype (Web / iPhone / Android)
- Google Meet (Web / iPhone / Android)
- Google Duo (Web / iPhone / Android)
For free group video calls:
- Zoom – here’s a helpful video tutorial on using Zoom, FYI group video calls are free for 40 minutes (hint: start a new call after 40 minutes)
- Google Meet (Web / iPhone / Android)
- Google Duo (Web / iPhone / Android) – for up to 32 participants
If video doesn’t work for everyone, set up a free conference call line so everyone can dial in and hear each other.
Here are a few free services:
5. Play Easter games
Games are fun and festive, whether you have 2 or 20 people.
You could even play these over video or audio group calls – just email the printables and instructions ahead of time.
Easter Picture Bingo
Easter Number Bingo
6. Participate in Easter church services – in person or virtually
Many people enjoy attending church services as part of their Easter traditions.
With Covid vaccines, booster shots, and high-quality masks to lower risk, many people may want to return to attending in person.
To reduce coronavirus exposure for people who are immunocompromised or still at high risk for severe illness, consider attending Easter services virtually – their church might have services online
Or, find a church that offers online services by entering a search phrase like “easter service online” or something similar into your search engine to find one that appeals to you.
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By DailyCaring Editorial Team
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