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Happy Easter! With spring on the way, it’s time to get ready for Easter 2020. This year, the Easter weekend begins with Good Friday on April 10, followed by Easter Sunday on April 12. Make your holiday special by embracing long-held Easter traditions and starting new ones, too. From the much-anticipated Easter egg hunt to beautiful Easter baskets filled with all sorts of treats, here’s how you can make this springtime festival fun for the whole family—and find some meaningful Easter gift ideas and great Easter gifts for kids.

Easter ideas for babies

Whether you’re celebrating baby’s first Easter or are making this springtime holiday memorable for a toddler, there are so many ways to share this special time of year with your little one. Surprise them with an adorable new plush—like the JellyCat Blossom Bunny with beautiful floral-printed ears, or Flora, Gund’s interactive plush bunny that plays peek-a-boo and sings “Do Your Ears Hang Low.” Fill their Easter basket with books to teach them about the Easter story and the Easter bunny—or read great picks such as Baby Loves Easter by R.I. Redd, Bounce! Bounce! Bunny by D.K., or Alphaprints: Easter 123 from Priddybooks before the big day.

Easter ideas for pre-schoolers

For kids between the ages of three and five, they can really start to learn and enjoy the Easter holiday, through books, crafts, decorating, and of course, the classic Easter egg hunt. With their very own Easter bunny in hand, read interactive books together—like Peppa Pig’s Easter Surprise and Happy Easter, Curious George, or a timeless classic such as The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams Bianco. If you’re looking for Easter basket ideas, fill yours with a soft plush, a book, and maybe even some delicious Easter egg chocolates.

Easter ideas for kids ages six to eight

To make your child feel like they’re a part of the festivities, invite them to help prepare for the holiday. Let them help in the kitchen by shaping sugar cookies with festive cookie cutters and later, get them to jazz up the cookies with edible Easter decorations made from icing. Keep the magic of the Easter bunny alive by planning an epic egg hunt. Some Easter egg hunt ideas include transforming a scavenger hunt with clues or incorporating a relay race or Easter activities into the main event. For Easter basket ideas, try filling them with an assortment of on-theme goodies, such as scented Silly Putty (which always come housed in little eggs), a Squishmallow stuffed toy, or a Treasure X Alien Ooze Egg for the kid who loves fantasy and creative play.

Easter ideas for kids ages nine to 12

Get older kids into the Easter holidays with crafts and other preparations before the big weekend. Try Easter egg painting together. Make it even more of a creative activity by using watercolour paints to decorate the eggs with unique patterns and drippy designs. For Easter basket ideas, look to their hobbies, book preferences, likes and dislikes to give them an Easter gift they’ll truly cherish. Perhaps you’ll add a book by their favourite author, a small toy they’ve been coveting or a game the whole family can enjoy. After all, family time is what seasonal celebrations are all about.