Think beyond the Easter egg hunt and set up fun kids' activities, like an Egg Relay Race. First, turn your backyard into a racetrack. Divide kids into two teams. At one end of the yard, mark a starting line for each team with a set of balloons tied to a stake that you have driven into the ground. At the other end, drive a stake with another set of balloons into the ground for each team. Have the teams stand behind their starting lines, and give every kid a plastic spoon and each team only one egg. The kids who are first in line should place the team's egg in their spoon and hold the handle in their teeth. At the blow of a whistle, they must race to their team's other set of balloons, around it, and back, passing off the egg to the next teammate in line (it's okay to use hands for this). If an egg falls to the ground, it can be picked up and placed back in the spoon. The first team to have all of its members finish the course wins the game.
In this version of the classic Italian lawn-bowling game, the object is to see which player can get his egg closest to the "pallino," or in this case, a plain white egg. Each kid should get two hard-boiled eggs that are the same color. To begin the game, one player throws the pallino underhand across the yard. Then that same player rolls or tosses one of his colored eggs in order to get as close as possible to the pallino. From the same starting point, the other players each take a turn, tossing one of their colored eggs toward the pallino as well. When all the kids have gone once, everyone gets to try again, this time with his or her second egg. Players can use their eggs to knock away the other kids' eggs -- moving them farther from the pallino -- or to edge their own first egg closer. After all the players are finished, measure the distance of the eggs from the pallino to see which one is closest to it. If there is a tie, the player whose egg is in the best condition is the winner.
One of the most enduring children's holiday traditions is hunting for baskets filled with treats on Easter morning. Although you can purchase a ready-made basket, you can easily create your own festive version with little more than a cookie tin, linen, and ribbon.
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