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Easter activities and books for kids

From Easter crafts and games to songs and books, we have plenty of activities to keep kids entertained over the Easter holidays

If you’re looking for things to do with the little ones over the Easter holidays, these Easter activities will provide hours of outdoor and indoor fun for kids.  From Easter crafts and games to songs and books, there is plenty here to keep them entertained come rain or shine!

We all hope we'll be able to get outside over the Easter holidays, but if not, these indoor activities for kids will make sure little ones don't get bored. 


Easter crafts and activities for kids

Discover Spring with this Julia Donaldson Activity Pack

Meet all kinds of new characters in this activity pack, from Sharon King-Chai's mathematical wildlife to Yuval Sommer's Woolly Bear Caterpillar!

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Julia Donaldson Activity Pack
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Get crafty with The Rhyming Rabbit

Get ready for the Easter Bunny with these colouring and word-matching activity sheets, featuring characters from Julia Donaldson and Lydia Monks' The Rhyming Rabbit. 

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Rhyming Rabbit activity sheets
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Get ready for Easter with a magical Easter Bunny 

Colour in an assortment of Easter eggs, a fluffy chick and a very magical Easter Bunny with this downloadable Easter colouring sheet. 

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My Magical Easter Bunny Colouring Sheet
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My Magical Easter Bunny Maze
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Make your own Charlie Chick

Kids will love cutting out and colouring in Charlie Chick to make a cute Easter decoration.

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Charlie Chick Colour Cut Out
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Do some Easter colouring with Emily Gravett

Follow the colour key to complete this drawing of Duck from Emily Gravett's The Odd Egg.

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Odd Egg Colour by Numbers
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Bake some very chocolatey Easter treats

These delicious chocolate nests full of mini eggs are the perfect Easter treat to make with little cooks. 

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Gruffalo Easter Treats
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Colour in the Little Bunny for Easter!

Give the Little Bunny some colour in time for the Easter Surprise.

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Little Bunny’s Easter Surprise Colour In
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Make your own Gruffalo Easter card 

This colour-in Gruffalo Easter card with a fun pop-up face is perfect for little Gruffalo fans to make for friends and family. 

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Gruffalo Easter Card
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Meet all the animals from Dear Zoo

From join the dots to colouring in, discover several crafts and puzzles as part of Dear Zoo's 40th Anniversary!

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Dear Zoo 40th Anniversary Activity Pack
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Explore the great outdoors with The Gruffalo nature trail 

Do you have a little Gruffalo Explorer? This activity sheet is full of games, crafts and things to spot on your very own stroll through the deep dark wood. 

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Gruffalo Nature Trail
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Easter games for kids

Egg and spoon race

Kids will love this easy, fun race that can be played indoors or outdoors.  All you need is a spoon and egg for each person who is playing. Each child balances their egg on their spoon and runs as fast as they can to the finish line. The first one to make it without dropping their egg wins. To avoid any mess (especially if you're playing indoors) hard boil the eggs and leave them to cool before the race begins. 

Bunny hop race

Add cotton wool bunny tails to a sack or pillowcase for this bunny hop race. As in a normal sack race, children put both feet in their sack or pillowcase and hold it up around their waist, bunny-hopping to the finish line. The winning bunny gets a carrot!

Pin the tail on the bunny

Draw or print out a picture of a bunny on a piece of paper A3 size or larger. Cut out a bunny tail shape (you can cover this with cotton wool or tissue paper if you like). Then stick some Blu-tack on the back of your bunny tail, pop a blindfold over the first player's eyes, and see how close they manage to get to where the bunny's tail should be. 


Easter books for kids

Rabbit's Nap

by Julia Donaldson

Book cover for Rabbit's Nap

Illustrated by Axel Scheffler

Poor Rabbit is trying to get to sleep, but it is much too noisy! Follow the story together and lift the flaps to find out if she will ever get a moment's peace to sleep. This classic Julia Donaldson book makes for an ideal bedtime story for little ones.

Animalphabet

by Julia Donaldson

Book cover for Animalphabet

Illustrated by Sharon King-Chai

With Sharon King-Chai’s beautiful bold illustrations, peep-through pages and Julia Donaldson’s trademark rhythmic writing, this award-winning collaboration is a non-fiction children’s book to be treasured forever. Packed with facts about a huge array of animals, you’ll read Animalphabet together for years to come.

Counting Creatures

by Julia Donaldson

Book cover for Counting Creatures

Illustrated by Sharon King-Chai

This Julia Donaldson book is stunningly illustrated by Sharon King-Chai. It is a fun, interactive counting book with peep-through pages, fold-out flaps and bright, beautiful artwork. Little ones will love comparing the creatures, exploring their habitats and learning the proper names for all the baby animals.

The Woolly Bear Caterpillar

by Julia Donaldson

Book cover for The Woolly Bear Caterpillar

From Julia Donaldson and award-winning illustrator Yuval Zommer, comes a charming minibeast twist on the ugly duckling story.

Crawling through the garden, the little Woolly Bear Caterpillar wonders what kind of moth she will become. Bonny and bright, stunning and smart, but not kind, the other caterpillars laugh at the small, plain Woolly Bear. There is one thing that they are sure of: Woolly Bear could never be as beautiful as them! But could one little caterpillar be about to undergo a truly terrific transformation?

The Rhyming Rabbit

by Julia Donaldson

Book cover for The Rhyming Rabbit

Illustrated by Lydia Monks.

Celebrate ten years of The Rhyming Rabbit with this special anniversary edition, including exclusive bonus material and a shiny foiled cover. The Rhyming Rabbit loves to make up poems, but the other rabbits aren’t entertained by his talent for rhyme. Sad and lonely, the Rhyming Rabbit sets off one night all alone - will he ever find someone to share his poems with?

Little Bunny's Easter Surprise

by Lily Murray

Book cover for Little Bunny's Easter Surprise

It's Easter day and the woods are buzzing with excitement when Little Bunny sends his invitations for a scrumptious Easter picnic. He wants the picnic to be perfect, collecting all the best things to share with friends. With flaps to lift and eggs to search and find, this book is just right for shared reading and keeping little hands busy!

Dear Zoo

by Rod Campbell

Book cover for Dear Zoo

Rod Campbell's classic lift-the-flap book Dear Zoo has been a firm favourite with toddlers and parents alike ever since it was first published in 1982. Little ones will love lifting the flaps to discover which animals the zoo has sent – but will the perfect pet ever arrive?

Keep little Dear Zoo fans entertained with these Dear Zoo activities for kids.

My Magical Easter Bunny

by Campbell Books

Book cover for My Magical Easter Bunny

The bouncy Easter Bunny is hiding his eggs in some very surprising places! With a sparkly cover wheel and push, pull and turn mechanisms perfect for small hands, little ones will have lots of Easter fun.

Busy Easter

by Campbell Books

Book cover for Busy Easter

Children will love playing with this bright and colourful board book with gentle rhyming text and wonderful illustrations. Push, pull and slide the tabs to join in with the Busy Easter celebrations! Bake delicious hot cross buns, follow the Easter bunny in an egg hunt, and celebrate the spring-time holiday!

Lizzy the Lamb

by Campbell Books

Book cover for Lizzy the Lamb

Little ones can join in the fun with Lizzy the Lamb by pulling out the sliders, pushing up the tabs and making lots of noise down in the fields! Follow Lizzy as she leaps, bounces and baas all day long!

Little Bunny's Easter Surprise

by Lily Murray

Book cover for Little Bunny's Easter Surprise

It's Easter day and the woods are buzzing with excitement when Little Bunny sends his invitations for a scrumptious Easter picnic. He wants the picnic to be perfect, collecting all the best things to share with friends. With flaps to lift and eggs to search and find, this book is just right for shared reading and keeping little hands busy!

Beyond the Burrow

by Jessica Meserve

Book cover for Beyond the Burrow

One small rabbit – one big adventure! Beyond the Burrow is a beautiful book to inspire boldness - and encourage us all to step out beyond the burrow.

Egg

by Sue Hendra

Book cover for Egg

This is a book with just one word: Egg. It’s a book that even the smallest of children can read, and it will fire up the imaginations of young and old alike. When an odd egg turns up with a big head and pointy bottom, the other eggs don’t know what to think. They try to make the odd egg conform, but soon they learn that eggs can be any way up and still be eggs.

The Odd Egg

by Emily Gravett

Book cover for The Odd Egg

All the birds have eggs to hatch except Duck. When he finds an egg of his own to look after he’s delighted, but the other birds think it’s a rather odd egg, and when it hatches they’ll all be in for a big surprise!

Fluffy Chick

by Rod Campbell

Book cover for Fluffy Chick

Full of different touch and feel textures on every page, children will love following Chick around the farm in this interactive board book with a lift-the-flap ending.

Rabbits Don't Lay Eggs!

by Paula Metcalf

Book cover for Rabbits Don't Lay Eggs!

When Rupert the rabbit pops up in the farmyard, he causes quite a stir! He can't cock-a-doodle-do like Cockerel, or lay an egg like Dora the duck, but Rupert can dig, which leads to an unexpected but very important farm job . . .

The Gruffalo Spring and Summer Nature Trail

by Julia Donaldson

Book cover for The Gruffalo Spring and Summer Nature Trail

Illustrated by Axel Scheffler

Grab your wellies and get outside with The Gruffalo Spring and Summer Nature Trail. Full of fun spring and summer outdoor activities and hundreds of stickers, this is a brilliant book for all the family.