This year, Easter Sunday falls on 16th April, but most schools break up around the end of March for their Easter break. So if your PTA is planning Easter activities, now’s a good time to get stuff sorted.
Here’s a run-down of some fab ideas shared by PTAs. (Get in touch with your ideas too!)
Easter Bunny Visits
Here’s an idea you would be hopping mad to miss – a bunny mascot!
Friends of Oaklands at Oaklands School in Kent had a visit from the Easter Bunny himself! He visited the nursery and reception classes to hand out treats, and even made a special appearance at their popular Easter Egg Hunt.
Easter Egg Hunt
With or without the aforementioned VIP guest, you simply can’t beat a traditional Easter Egg hunt! Many schools hide cardboard eggs (rather than chocolate) which children can then trade in for prizes.
Penygawsi Primary had a few tasty prizes at their egg-hunt:
Stoke Hill schools enjoyed their egg hunt, despite the great British weather:
Sandwich Junior School children had an awesome afternoon.
Easter Bonnet Parade
Another popular idea is an Easter bonnet parade. Most craft shops and even pound-chains have all the equipment you could need to create a delightful Easter bonnet with your children.
Look at these outstanding creations from St Mark’s primary school:
Loads of creative bonnets were on show at St Gabriel’s School too!
Add a twist to a traditional bake sale by holding an Easter Bake-Off. Charge a nominal fee to enter and arrange for a small prize, ideally donated from a local business to minimize your overheads. Cinemas and local leisure centres are always good to try to get voucher donations.
Best still, you can sell the cakes after and raise even more money for your school.
Mr Philips certainly enjoyed the spoils at Rogerstone Primary in South Wales!
Barton Seagrave Primary held an Easter café with Bake-Off too. Look at these amazing cakes!
Organise an after-school craft event in your school hall, with tables set up with various activities like Easter poster colouring, mask-making and egg-decorating – these are simple to lay on and require minimal adult support.
Charge a small entry fee and also run a refreshment stall or tuck shop to recoup some of your costs.
Millbank Primary had fun with theirs:
Pennard Primary charged just £1 for their “Easter Crafternoon”:
PTA Easter Crafternoon tomorrow - £1 entry to make a great Easter craft to take home!— Pennard Primary (@Pennardprimary) March 23, 2016
Check out our Easter Pinterest board for some more craft ideas…
Everyone loves a fayre — winter, spring or summer. So how about Easter?
Ask local small businesses if they’d like to hire a stall- £10 or £15 a table is an average price to charge – then they get to keep all their sales.
You can even run it in conjunction with an after-school craft event and refreshment stall/tuck shop to bump up the profits.
Farnborough Road Infant School’s PTA held a successful Easter Fayre which raised more than £500 for the school!
A simple and fun idea for kids, parents and staff is Easter Bingo. A small charge per bingo round will help you cover your printing costs and ask local businesses to donate prizes. (Check out our Pinterest board again for free printables for bingo.)
Here’s Flowery Field Primary just getting started:
Ashton Primary School in Lancashire ran an Easter Bingo event that raised almost £400. What a result!
Discos are a great way for the kids to let off steam, are fairly simple to organise and are almost always great fundraisers! Alban City School PTA ran a themed disco with children dressing up and painting on bunny faces!
Just had our reception and Year 1 Easter disco. So much fun seeing all the children dressed up, bunny faces on, hopping & disco dancing — AlbanCitySchool PTA (@ACS_PTA) March 31, 2016
Discos are clearly a popular event at Bankhead Primary!
OPA Kirkhamgate raised an outstanding £371.69 with their Easter Disco
More ideas on our Easter Pinterest board:
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