The arrival of spring and celebration of Easter always fills me with hope, even given the current situation. The days are growing longer and our world once again fills with color as the trees sprout leaf buds and the first flowers begin to emerge.
Easter includes some of our family's favorite traditions, including an egg hunt. This year, though, scrambling around a park in search of candy-filled plastic eggs isn't an option.
With in-person events canceled and church services taking place online, Easter will look different in 2020, but that doesn't mean it can't still be a special time filled with happy memories.
Macaroni Kid has an idea to help you create a fun neighborhood Easter egg hunt while still practicing social distancing. Kids will have as much fun decorating their eggs as hunting for them!
1. Print our FREE Easter egg designs
You can get four designs — including a plain egg — here!
2. Color and hang in windows
Encourage your kids to be creative in their designs and decorations. They can use stickers and stencils to create their own look! If you have green construction paper, cut it lengthwise in a zigzag pattern to make grass so your eggs have somewhere to "sit."
Make as many eggs as you want and put them up in the windows of your house facing toward the street. You don't have to wait for Easter! Kids are out walking every day, so give them a little joy with a colorful unexpected "treasure" to find.
You can also decorate both sides of your eggs so that you have eggs facing out toward your neighbors as well as a little extra Easter decor inside your home.
3. Share this article with people you know
The more people who participate, the more fun this Easter egg hunt will be! Share this story with friends on Facebook, with neighborhood groups, and anyone else you know who might want to take part!
4. Hunt for eggs!
Take the kids for a walk and see how many eggs you can "collect" along the way. Bonus: Walks offer fresh air and exercise that are good for the whole family.
Together, we can add a little fun and color to our neighborhoods and give our kids some joy -- even on this most unusual of Easters.
Kyrie Collins is the publisher of Macaroni Kid Highlands Ranch-Parker-Castle Rock-Lone Tree, Colo.