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Since anticipation is half the fun, here are a few ideas that will make counting down the days as exciting as the Easter Bunny’s visit.

The “I Believe in the Easter Bunny” Easter Countdown Extravaganza

How Many More Days?

Sure they could circle dates on the calendar, but where’s the fun in that? Creating a ritual to mark off the days builds anticipation, is a great photo op for the family album, and bonds siblings in their excitement.

The Easter Tree: A Countdown That’s Also a Decoration

indoor easter tree1. A couple of weeks before Easter – or when they start asking – buy or make one ornament to represent each day before Easter morning. (See our ideas for ornaments to trace, craft or buy below.)
 
2. Go for a walk and cut some pussy willow branches or other branches and collect a couple of rocks for your countdown tree.
 
3. If you wish you can spray paint the branches white*1 or a pastel pink*2. Put your rocks in the bottom of a vase or flower pot to keep it from tipping over. If using a flowerpot, secure the branches with modeling clay – if you’ve got kids, you’ve probably got some around the house. Cover the clay with pastel tissue paper or Spanish Moss3.

Every morning the kids remove one decoration so they can count how many days are left. When the decorations are gone they know the Easter Bunny will come that night while they are sleeping!

KISS: Keep It Simple Sweetheart. It’s Free and Easy with Printables.

Print these Easter bunny shapes on pastel paper and cut them out. Hang the silhouettes on the tree and every day they can take a bunny off, color it and play with it!

To make it even easier, put the bunny shapes on their bedroom door or on the fridge instead of on a tree. No fuss, no muss. . .

Make It a Craft Project

easter tree stand for painted easter eggs4Easter Crafts for Younger Kids

With a cardboard Easter Egg Tree Stand4 ($3 at Amazon.com) kids can have the fun of painting Easter eggs and then using the eggs as part of their Easter countdown, removing one egg every morning. When it’s empty they know that while they sleep the Easter Bunny is going to come – and maybe even fill it with CHOCOLATE eggs.

(See our tips on how to paint Easter Eggs the mess-free way.)

Easter Crafts for Older Kids

shrinky dinks easter tree6Shrinky Dinks Easter Tree

The Shrinky Dinks Easter Tree6 is so much fun for kids ages 7 -10.

I made Shrinky Dinks when I was little and had so much fun that I made them with my own kids. Here’s how they work: the kit includes a sheet of clear film with 30+ Easter ornament outlines and a set of colored pencils to color them in. When you’re finished coloring you cut the pieces out, punch a hole in the top for a ribbon (mini hole punch included) and pop the film into the oven and bake. It’s so much fun watching the film shrink, roll, and then finally come out of the oven as little plastic decorations. Ribbon and hanging hooks are also included so you can decorate your tree to begin your Easter countdown.

stuffed bunnyMake stuffed bunnies & chicks to hang on your Easter Egg tree

Want to make it an Easter craft project? Make these cute little stuffed bunnies and chickens to hang on their tree by using Printable Fabric8 in your inkjet home printer.

FREE printable pattern for craft available from HP here. Instructions available from HP here.

Pump Up the Excitement

easter tree

Do you decorate your yard for Easter? Your local department store or dollar store usually offers reasonably priced plastic ornaments that you can use. (Here’s some foam ones from a dollar store online.)

Decorate a tree outside but keep enough decorations aside to decorate their indoor tree; one for each day of the countdown. Add to the fun by having the kids take the ornament off their countdown tree and put it outside to make the yard pretty for when the Easter Bunny comes.

If those colorful eggs in your yard doesn’t keep them – and your neighbors – egg-cited about Easter, what will?!

Why Does Santa Get All the Attention? Showin’ the Love for the Easter Bunny

The time where kids enjoy believing in the Easter Bunny is so short.

Sure, they pretend to believe as they get older (just to ensure they get the goodies) but the time when their imaginations bring that sparkle of magic to Easter holidays is just too short. Enjoy that mystery – that hope in all that might be – with your child while its so fresh and alive.

I’m in a Story with the Easter Bunny

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When our kids were little we spent Christmas holidays a couple of times in Frankenmuth, “Michigan’s Little Bavaria”, also home of Bronner’s, the World’s Largest Christmas Store where your municipality or mall probably bought their Christmas decorations.

At Bronner’s we bought a Christmas story (on cassette in those days!) for each of our kids that was personalized with their names. I can’t tell you how much they loved them. We lived 30 minutes away from the nearest city so commuting time was tape time – we didn’t have in-car video players back then. They loved these stories so much that they didn’t mind hearing them over and over again not just with their own names being read but also their siblings’ stories too! In their childhood home we had an intercom system that permitted us to play stories or music on tape into selected rooms of the house. I would read them each a story in bed and then select one story to play via intercom to help them relax in bed and then play harp music or soft lullabies until they were asleep. At Christmas they wanted to hear these personalized stories, even when they had to take turns listening to each other’s story and only hear their own every third night.

Happy Kids has a personalized Easter Story on CD called In Search of the Easter Bunny*

Price: 14.95

“Step into an incredible Easter adventure. Your child helps a little rabbit find the Easter Bunny and in the process discovers what a truly special person he or she is! Discover the magic of Easter in this collection of four unforgettable songs and an exciting story. Your child’s name is sung over 28 times.”

It sounds like something my kids would have adored.

A Letter from the Easter Bunny

10It is considered automatic to write a letter to Santa, but have you ever considered corresponding with the Easter Bunny?

When your little ones draw their pictures and write their letter, discuss what Easter means to your family.  If the budget is smaller than in years past, now is good time to discuss how there will be fewer goodies this year so their expectations are realistic.

Kids are so impressed by receiving mail, and getting a letter from the Easter Bunny is that much more exciting.

If you’re not feeling creative, Happy Kids has a personalized letter from the Easter Bunny* customized with your child’s name, hometown and state, and even the names of two friends.

Price: $6.95

Feed Him!

nibbles for the Easter Bunny plateIf your kids like putting cookies and milk out for Santa, then they’ll love feeding the Easter Bunny too.

Keep It Simple Sweetheart

The fast and easy way is to put fresh carrots & celery sticks out for him to nibble on.

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carrot shaped carrot cakePump Up the Fun

Forget vegetables! The Easter bunny wants treats and goodies too. Why not bake carrot cake or cupcakes together as a family activity and leave one for him too.

(See our recipe for a carrot-shaped carrot cake your kids will love.)

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Mom cooking with kidsGo for the Gold

Turn baking for the Easter Bunny into a family activity for the memory books: tape an Easter cooking show while you’re doing it.

See our tips on how to do it.
 

It’s The Easter Bunny – at My House!

easter bunny mascotWouldn’t it be exciting to have the Easter Bunny actually show up at your party?

Finding someone to wear an Easter Bunny costume isn’t as difficult as you may think.
 
A teenaged family member may think it’s fun to act the part, or you may be able to find a student from the local high school drama class who would be willing to act as the Easter Bunny. My son dressed as a mascot several times for our local library in return for a letter of reference when he applied to teacher’s college.

Our tips from experience:
  • Many of the parts are made with latex so be sure that your actor doesn’t have a latex allergy
  • The kids get very excited and want to hug the mascot who usually is unable to see them through the mesh eyes when they are close and down low. The mascot needs one person assigned to assist them, and at least one other person to watch the children’s interaction with him to keep everyone safe and happy. It would NOT be a good thing to have the head come rolling off or someone injured because the Easter Bunny tripped over a child!
  • The actor gets unbearably hot inside the costume especially if outside on a warm day. My son almost fainted a couple of times when performing indoors in a mascot costume. Have the Easter Bunny “hide” and appear again in short intervals and give them lots of water to drink inbetween sessions. If you use costumes often you may want to invest in a Kold-Vest*11 with reusable inserts that you freeze to wear to keep you cool for up to 2 hours. ($139.99 at BuyCostumes.com) Also available is the Kold Kollar*12 with refreezable inserts for your neck. ($34.99 at BuyCostumes.com)

You can usually find a costume rental but be sure to reserve well in advance. If you’re planning on making it an annual event, you may want to buy your own Easter Bunny costume.

Here are some Easter Bunny costumes available from BuyCostumes.com.

Easter Bunny Costume13

Easter Bunny Costume*14

Price: $59.99

Costume includes a bodysuit, vest, neck tie, gloves, boot covers and a hood.

Professional Easter Bunny Costume15

Professional Easter Bunny Costume*16

Price: $99.99

Costume includes jumpsuit, overhead mask, character hood, gloves, bow tie and vest.

Bunny Mascot Costume17

Bunny Mascot Costume18

Price: $199.99

Costume includes Headpiece, Jumpsuit, Mitts and Foot Covers.

White Rabbit Costume19

White Rabbit Costume20

Price: $219.99

Costume includes rabbit body, feet, mitts, vest, jacket, watch and hat. Glasses and rabbit nose with whiskers not included.

Eggert the Easter Bunny Costume21

Eggert the Easter Bunny Costume22

Price: $279.99

These are high quality costumes made by a former toy manufacturer. Life-like, soft and comfortable to wear. Costume includes mascot body with zipper in the back, shoe covers, mascot head and hand covers. Fit a person up to 6’2″ and 200 pounds. Carrot is not included.

Want to make it unique? Most color and style change requests are honored, often at no additional charge to you.

Brown Rabbit Costume23

Brown Rabbit Costume24

Price: $329.99

Costume includes mascot head, body, hand covers and foot covers.

Premium Rabbit Costume25

Premium Rabbit Costume26

Price: $429.99

Costume includes oversized character mascot head with terrific facial details & mesh eyes, plush body with attached tail and zipper in back, mitts, spats and parade big feet. Mascot heads are made of foam, lined in latex and covered with faux fur. Carrot sold separately. Vision for this mascot is through the eyes.

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I hope you discover at least one idea that can put more play in your Easter and help you and your little ones create happy memories of their Easter.

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What Now?
  • What special traditions does your family have to countdown the days until Easter? Tell us in the comments. Leave a link to your blog if you have photos. We want to see!
  • Feel like cooking up some Easter treats? Need some ideas for food for your Easter party? See our Easter Recipes.
  • Looking for Easter printable games or party decorations? Check out our Easter Printables.
  • Looking for something special to wear to celebrate Easter? See our picks for Easter & spring apparel and costumes.
  • Want more ideas for your Easter? Check out our Pinterest Inspiration Board.

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