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7 Virtual Easter Activities to Entertain the Kids

Luckily the Easter bunny has been given special dispensation to work this weekend and deliver our favourite chocolate eggs. Keep the kids entertained with some of the top local virtual Easter activities online from augmented Easter egg hunts on your daily exercise to making your own moving images. Whatever you’re doing, please stay safe and social distance.

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Massive Merton Easter Egg Hunt

Go on an Easter Egg hunt whilst out your daily exercise whilst sticking to social distancing and look for the colourful easter eggs in your neighbours windows. Merton Council is inviting children to help create a trail of colourful eggs in their windows. Youngsters are invited to get creative by either colouring in the Easter egg template, or by crafting an egg out of anything they find at home – lego, scraps of material or discarded paper.  Display them in your front window, porch, garden or balcony for everyone to see and share them on social media #MertonTogether  #EggsInWindows.

 

Battersea Park

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Battersea Park Augmented Reality Easter Egg Trail, 19 April to 22 April, 2020

The virtual world meets the real one at Battersea Park this Easter weekend in a state-of-the-art egg hunt. From Saturday April 4 to Sunday April 19, the virtual game will be totally free to download and play while the park is open. Families can enjoy an educational tour and discover hidden gems that reside in Battersea Park. There are 15 stops and along the way the app provides facts, figures and a little bit of history about one of London’s most beautiful parks. There’s opportunities for games and quizzes and you’ll even be able to add your own drawings or create your own eggs.

How to access the free trail
• Simply go to your phone’s app store and search for ‘Gamar Ltd’.
• Download and open the Gamar app
• Search for ‘Battersea Park Wandsworth Council’.
• Press ‘Open’ to download the trail.
• Come to Battersea Park and press play.

Polka Online story time

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Polka Online

Pull up a beanbag and get comfy for online story time with the Polka. Actress Andrea Sadler reads one of our favourite children’s story The Paper Dolls by Julia Donaldson. Get ready for Ticky and Tacky and Jackie the Backie and Jim with two noses and Jo with the bow. It’s a brilliant story for helping children cope with loss and change. Plus lots of creative activities to explore around The Paper Dolls

Kingston Easter activities

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How to make your own moving images

Kingston’s ThumbsUp its Thursday has lots of fun and fab educational and artsy activities from making your own Zoetrope or Thaumatrope to exploring children’s favourite Giraffes can’t dance. Celebrate Eadweard Muybridge’s birthday with Kingston Museum and get creative with artist Tim Wheatley. Learn how to make your own Muybridge inspired animation at home with his fun video tutorial.

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Wimbledon and Putney Commons Virtual Easter Egg Hunt, 10th-13th April

The annual Children’s Easter Egg Hunt heads online this year. They’ve hidden 13 virtual Easter Eggs around their website. Each Egg has a letter on it and once you find all the letters, rearrange them to make two words – something you might have at Easter. Starts 9am on 10th April and close at 8pm on Monday 13th April with an e-book token for the winner. Play and enter on their website.

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Royal Academy Family Arts Hub

A new resource hub for families and teachers offers a range of guides and activities for people at home including the RA’s ‘Family how-to’ series of step-by-step family activities. Using easy-to-source materials, these activities are designed to teach techniques and encourage families to think creatively. Activities range from creating slime to crafting a relief print from polystyrene. Families can share a photo of the finished work on RA social media channels using #familyhowto.

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Giraffes Can’t Dance

Kingston Library have put together a fun Easter activites pack for this favourite children’s book. You can listen to the animated story, make a Giraffe Paper Bag Puppet, watch the theatre show trailer and download the Activity Pack, which includes everything you need to make a giraffe mask, a wordsearch and colouring in. Show Kingston Library your crafts by posting on Facebook @KingstonLibrariesHeritage or Twitter @kinglibheritage  @InKingstonUK and don’t forget to tag us in too @timeandleisure

 

HAPPY EASTER!