Easter is around the corner, most schools will take a break from online schooling, but kids still need to stay home due to Covid-19, so it is time to plan ahead and organize some home, bilingual activities we can all enjoy together. This is the best time to focus on the minority language en familia.
We’ve put together some tried and tested activities that you can easily do at home during the Easter holidays, a big shout out goes our amazing multilingual mom and dad language wizards for sharing their ideas and family traditions.
Stay safe and Have some bilingual, family fun!
Easter Egg Activity Hunt in your Home Language
Instead of doing the typical Easter egg hunt, have the kids do some tasks in between each egg searching run. This way they are entertained for longer and you can actually “bribe” them to use their minority language. Just some ideas:
- Jumping jacks
- Draw a picture Colouring Pages by TimTimTom
- Read aloud/Tell a joke while touching your toes Easter Jokes
- Name 3 things that are blue
- Find 3 striped eggs…find thee eggs with polka dots…
- Who won the last football match?
- Grab your favorite bilingual book
“We did this last year and it was a bawl. We all laughed so hard, at the end the kids organized an activity hunt for the adults.” Maria (Mandarin/Spanish TimTimTom Language wizard)
Language Wizard Hint: You know your kids, so try to make it personal and use things they love i.e. their favorite color, the type of eggs that they colored, a sport they love)
Easter Egg Scavenger Hunt for Bilingual Kids
Smaller kids will need you to help them with reading out the clues, but this is the perfect time to use some harder words, so they learn some vocabulary around the house. Here some great pre-made Scavenger Hunts
“You can either just make the kids find things around the house or really use clues to go from one place to the other and have the eggs hidden at each of the stations. Make sure the clues are written in the kids’ not so strong language if they can’t read just help them out when they find the clue.” Nikolas (Russian/English TimTimTom Language Wizard)
Make a Card for Friends and Family
Who are you missing the most? Who do you think you could make happy, by telling them you are thinking of them with a card? Don’t forget to use your home language for the step-by-step instructions and for the materials you are using.
“We love doing arts and crafts and I have noticed that it is easier to focus on a language when the kids are busy doing something, they don’t even notice that they are using their not so strong language.” Sophie (French/Dutch TimTimTom Language Wizard)
Easter Handprint Cards Use your kids’ handprint to make a card for Granny
Go on an Easter Bunny Hunt
Hide pictures of bunnies, stuffed animal bunnies, books that include a bunny (and read it after the bunny hunt)
“I saw this online, where they had placed bunnies all around a neighborhood and though it was such a cute idea. We live in an apartment block, so we decided with some of our neighbors to do it with social distancing in mind. We used binoculars and it was a blast, some neighbors saw us and now it has become a daily event and every day more people are joining in.” Melissa (English Language Wizard, but hoping to learn Italian)
Color Eggs and Make an Easter Tree
We would color Easter eggs in advance in order to hang them on an Easter Egg tree. For this you need to blow out the eggs, so you are only left with the shell. I still have some of the Easter eggs I made as a child. How to blow out an Easter Egg
“I think this is a German Easter Tradition, which we relished as kids and now my kids join in the coloring and decorating fun. We still keep some eggs from when I was growing up in Germany, the ones that have survived all the moves” Heike (German/English TimTimTom Language wizard)
Language Wizard Hint: If possible, use white eggs, as the dye will look brighter on white than on brown eggs. And don’t forget to use the inside of the eggs for an omelet, a cake or simply some scrambled egg. Easter Egg Dye Ideas
Ger Ready for a Bilingual Egg Fight
Use hard-boiled eggs, color them and let the fight begin!
Everyone chooses an egg and tries to stay “unbroken” as long as possible. You are allowed to use the top and the bottom of the egg. If both sides of your shell are broken, it’s time to eat your egg and lick your wounds J Last egg standing without a broken shell is the winner. Be ready parents, somehow my kids always win! Taylor Swift and her Bro star in the “Easter Egg Fight”
“The Egg fight was my favorite Easter family tradition. We usually had a big group of family and friends over for Easter Sunday Brunch in Perú. Everyone spoke at the same time, Spanish, English, and German were spoken loudly around the table throughout the brunch, but as soon as the egg fight started, the room went quiet, a moment of suspense and then all hell broke loose as the first fighters lost the battle and honorably had to eat their destroyed egg.” Gaby (Spanish, English, German Co-Founder TimTimTom Books)
What are some of your Easter family traditions from around the world? Let us know in the comment sections below. Take care and stay safe.
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