Easter traditions are a great way to kick off spring. From baking delicious spring desserts to creating colorful décor that can last all season, we have four Easter traditions that will make this spring special for your family.

1. Dye Easter Eggs

Dyeing Easter EggsOne of the most common Easter traditions is dyeing Easter eggs. This is a fun way to spend an afternoon with your children near Easter.  And the best part is you can keep this tradition simple, or you can try some new techniques for adding extra color and decoration to your eggs.

If you like to keep crafts simple, you can buy an Easter egg color kit from your local grocery store. There are traditional kits that come with multiple colors and a magic crayon your children can use to draw or write on the egg. You can also buy themed decorating kits that allow your eggs to have a marble or tie dye effect or that make them shimmer and shine with some glitter!

If you are the crafty family, there are so many cool DIY designs for Easter eggs. Using yellow dye and paint pens, your children can create Emoji Easter Eggs. For a spring-themed egg, get some craft supplies to make chick Easter eggs. You simply need hard-boiled eggs, acrylic yellow paint, self-adhesive black vinyl, faux feathers, washi tape, and a hole punch. For step-by-step instructions on how to assemble this egg, check out Chick Easter Eggs. To get more fun ideas for Easter eggs, check out 50 Eggcellent Ways to Decorate Easter Eggs.

Not only can dyeing Easter eggs give your family some bonding time, you can also use this tradition to explain the Easter story. Just like early Christian missionaries, you can use different colors to represent Jesus’ death, resurrection, and love. To find out more about the history behind this tradition, read Easter Eggs: What Is the History Behind This Tradition.

2. Bake Easter Desserts

Holidays are always a great time for baking! With the bright colors of spring and the Easter gatherings with friends and family, Easter is a great time to bake desserts. Of course, baking desserts is always better when you have baking assistants. You can bake with your children, spouse, friends, or neighbors.

One traditional Easter dessert is hot cross buns. Hot cross buns are spiced sweet buns made with currants or raisins. On top of the buns, they are marked with a cross. Sometimes, the cross is etched into the dough. Other times, the cross is piped in icing. It is believed that hot cross buns were first introduced by a 12th century monk that marked the sweet buns with a cross to honor Good Friday. Thus, the Easter tradition of baking and eating hot cross buns was born. For a traditional recipe, visit Hot Cross Buns.

If you are looking for something a little sweeter, try making Easter basket cupcakes. They are adorable, delicious, Easter traditionsand fun to make (especially with children)! And the great news is we found two recipes: one for the novice baker and one for the experienced baker.

The first recipe requires a box of cake mix, a container of whipped frosting, green-colored sour candy, jelly beans, and other Easter candies.  For the full recipe and decorating techniques, visit Betty Crocker’s Easter Basket Cupcakes.

For the more experienced baker, we have a from-scratch recipe for Easter basket cupcakes. For the cupcake and frosting, it requires an extensive list of ingredients such as flour, eggs, baking powder, vanilla extract, and powdered sugar. For the decorations, you will need jelly beans, bunny Peeps candy, and Sour Punch straws. To see the instructions for the recipe, visit Easter Basket Cupcakes Recipe.

Another fun and easy dessert to bake with children is bunny marshmallow pops. The best part is these pops are a no-bake dessert. For this simple dessert, you will need lollipop sticks, bunny Peeps, semisweet chocolate chips or wafers, jelly beans, and marshmallows. To find out how to assemble these cute bunny pops, check out Bunny Butt Marshmallow Pops.

Not only will these desserts be tasty, but they will also make great decorations for an Easter brunch or dinner. To make baking one of your family’s Easter traditions, check out Easter Dessert Recipes.

3. DIY Easter Baskets

When it comes to putting our children’s Easter baskets together, most of us buy an Easter basket from the store. But wouldn’t it be fun to have your children make their own Easter baskets this year? Wouldn’t making Easter baskets be great to add to your list of Easter traditions? Don’t worry. DIY Easter baskets can be as simple or as complicated as you would like.

For a simple way to make your own Easter basket, you can buy a traditional basket from a local craft store. To dress up the basket, simply pick up colorful ribbon, silk flowers, and Easter basket grass. Simply wrap the ribbon around the basket’s handle. Use extra ribbon to tie a cute little bow on the side of the basket (around the bottom of the handle). Then, use the silk flowers to decorate around the basket.

DIY Easter BasketWith small children, it might be easier and more fun to make Easter baskets out of milk jugs. For this fun project, you will need an empty milk jug, construction paper or foam sheets, white and pink pompoms, white pipe cleaners, and a pair pf googly eyes. You can find all of these supplies at a local craft store. To assemble the milk jug Easter baskets, you can use a hot glue gun or some type of craft glue. For instructions on how to put it all together, check out Easter Bunny Milk Jugs.

For more creative ideas for DIY Easter baskets, visit 40 Creative Easter Basket Ideas and Crafts.

4. Easter Egg Hunts

One of the children’s favorite Easter traditions is hunting for Easter eggs. There is nothing more exciting than hunting for candy-filled eggs on a beautiful spring morning or afternoon. Easter egg hunts are also a great way to get all of your children’s energy out!

With Easter around the corner, there are many local Easter egg hunts and events for your family to attend. There are Easter traditionstraditional Easter egg hunts in an open field. There are non-traditional Easter egg hunts under the sea. To find a local Easter egg hunt, check out Local Easter Events for the Family.

You and your family can also check out our Sloan Creek Campus’ Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, March 31. It will take place after our 5:30 p.m. Easter service. Our Easter Egg Hunt is designed for children from Birth-Kindergarten.

If you are unable to attend a local event, you can always host an Easter egg hunt for your children, grandchildren, or your neighbors. You can fill your eggs with Easter candy. For fun, you can fill a few eggs with money. Maybe, even hide a golden egg that is worth $1-$5. Another option is to have a special prize such as a small Easter basket with goodies for the egg hunter who finds the golden egg.

EasterAnother great tradition to add to your family’s list is to attend an Easter service. To find out service times, visit Easter at Chase Oaks. It will be a great celebration for your family!