Easter Carnival Games

Carnivals are great fun for both kids and adults. Why not put together an Easter themed carnival? Or you can incorporate several of the games below into your Easter party, family gathering, Sunday School lesson or church event. The games suggested here work equally well indoors or outdoors and will add an energetic buzz to your Easter celebration.

Bible: Matthew 28:1-10; Mark 16:1-11; Luke 24:1-12; John 20:1-18; 1 Corinthians 15:3-8

Ages: 6 and above

Group Size: 4 or more

Supplies: See Below

Easter Carnival Games

Easter Carnival Games Essentials

1. Most of these games work best with plastic Easter eggs. But for some, you may like to experiment with real hardboiled eggs, foil-wrapped chocolate eggs, or even water balloons! Additional supplies needed are in purple bold italics below.

2. Many of these games require players to stand behind a foul line to toss/roll/shoot at targets placed at a distance. Depending on the ages of your players and how challenging you want your carnival games to be, you can either move the foul line closer to or further from your targets. You may also want to consider having two different foul lines for children and adults.

3. Each game below comes with a suggested scoring system. You may want to modify the scoring system based on how generous you want to be with your prizes.

 

1 Easter Egg Bull’s-eye Roll

Roll 3 Easter eggs towards the center of a target. How close can your eggs get?

Supplies and Set-up:
Draw a target of 5 concentric circles on the ground.
Easter Game - Target Easter Egg Roll
Label the innermost circle 50 points, the next circle 40 points, followed by 30 points, 20 points and the 10 points for the outermost circle.

Mark a foul line 10 feet away from the target.

You will need at least 3 Easter eggs.
(Having more sets of Easter eggs at each game will help move things along faster.)

How to Play:
Stand behind the foul line and roll 3 Easter eggs, 1 at a time, towards the target.
Add up your total score.

Award prizes for:
Players who score a Bull’s-eye (the Easter egg lands in the innermost 50-point circle).
Players who score 100 points or more

 

2 Eggs vs Cans

Toss 5 Easter eggs at a pyramid of empty soda cans. How many cans can you knock completely off the table?

Supplies and Set-up:
Stack 10 empty soda cans in a pyramid on a small table.
Easter Game - Eggs vs Cans
(4 cans at the bottom, then 3 cans above these, then 2 cans and finally 1 can at the top.)

Mark a foul line or place another table about 10 feet away.

You will need at least 5 Easter eggs.

How to Play:
Stand behind the foul line/table and toss 5 Easter eggs, 1 at a time.
Try to knock the soda cans completely off the table.

Award prizes for:
Players who knock all 10 soda cans off the table.
Players who knock 5-9 soda cans off the table.

 

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3 Eggs in a Basket

Toss 5 Easter eggs at a swinging basket. How many eggs can you get in the basket?

Supplies and Set-up:
Tie a basket to the branch of a tree using a long rope.

Mark a foul line 10 feet away from the basket.

You will need at least 5 Easter eggs.

How to Play:
The game master pushes the basket to keep it swinging.
Players stand behind the foul line and toss 5 Easter eggs, 1 at a time, into the basket.

Award prizes for:
Players who get all 5 Easter eggs in the basket.
Players who get 4 Easter eggs in the basket.

 

4 Easter Rubber Band Toss

In this Easter adaptation of the carnival favorite, Ring Toss, players toss rubber bands at a grid of colored half-eggs. 

Easter Game - Rubber Band Toss Half Egg

Supplies and Set-up:
You will need only the top halves of plastic Easter eggs of various colors.
We suggest using 50 half-eggs (you can use more or fewer, depending on the size of your table).
For scoring purposes, the number of half-eggs used of each color should be different.
For example:

• 2 Red
• 4 Orange
• 6 Blue
• 8 Green
• 10 Purple
• 20 Yellow

 

Mix up the colors and arrange the half-eggs on a table, in 5 neat rows of 10 per row.
Easter Game - Rubber Band Toss

 

Leave small gaps between the half-eggs (the smaller the gaps, the more difficult the game).

To prevent the half-eggs from moving during the game, secure them to the table using sticky tack.

Draw up a score chart. The fewer the colors, the higher the points.
For example:

• Red- 100 points
• Orange – 50 points
• Blue – 35 points
• Green – 25 points
• Purple – 20 points
• Yellow – 10 points

 

Mark a foul line or place another table about 10 feet away.

You will need at least 5 rubber bands.
(Having more sets of rubber bands will help move things along faster.)
Use rubber bands that are about the same size as your Easter eggs.

How to Play:
Stand behind the foul line/table and toss 5 rubber bands, 1 at a time, at the half-eggs.
Points are awarded for rubber bands that touch only 1 Easter egg.
For example: if your rubber band touches only a Red half-egg, you get 100 points.
Try to score as many points as possible.

Award prizes for:
Players who score 100 points or more.

Variation:
Instead of tossing rubber bands at the eggs, you can toss Easter eggs into cups.
Replace the half-eggs with colored disposable cups (or use permanent markers to color the rims of the disposable cups), and space out the cups.
Weigh down the cups with water or sand so that they don’t move about during the game.
Or use sticky tack to hold them in place.
Replace the rubber bands with Easter eggs.

 

5 Easter Egg Bowling

Try to knock down all 10 bowling pins with Easter eggs. Can you get a strike?

Supplies and Set-up:
Use a set of toy bowling pins, or 10 small soda bottles.
Easter Game - Easter Egg Bowling
Arrange the bowling pins as you would in a game of bowling: 1 bowling pin in front, followed by 2 bowling pins, then 3 bowling pins and finally 4 bowling pins forming the back row.
Ensure that the bowling pins are close enough (but not too close) such that they can knock each other down when they fall.

Mark a foul line 10 feet away from the pins.

You will need at least 3 Easter eggs.
Consider using Jumbo-sized Easter eggs for this game

How to Play:
Stand behind the foul line and roll 3 Easter eggs, 1 at a time, at the bowling pins.

Award prizes for:
Players who knock down all 10 bowling pins with the first Easter egg.
Players who knock down 8 or more bowling pins.

 

6 Easter Egg Golf

Try for a hole-in-one with an Easter egg!

Supplies and Set-up:
Use a golf putting mat or improvise using a drinking glass turned on its side.
1 golf putter
Use the marking on your putting mat or mark an X about 10 feet away from the hole (or glass).

You will need at least 3 Easter eggs.

How to Play:
Place an Easter egg on the X.
Putt 3 Easter eggs, 1 at a time, into the hole.

Award prizes for:
Players who get the 1 or more Easter eggs in the hole.

 

7 Easter Egg B-Ball

Shoot some hoops with Easter eggs!

Supplies and Set-up:
Set up a toy basketball hoop.
Mark a foul line 10 feet away from the hoop.

You will need at least 5 Easter eggs.

How to Play:
Stand behind the foul line and toss 5 Easter eggs, 1 at a time, into the basketball hoop.

Award prizes for:
Players who get 4 or more Easter eggs through the hoop.

 

8 Easter Egg Shootout

Use a Nerf gun to shoot Easter eggs off soda bottles.

Supplies and Set-up:
Place 10 soda bottles, evenly spaced on a table.
Secure them to the table using sticky tack.
Place 1 Easter egg on each soda bottle.
Easter Game -Easter Egg Shootout

Place another table 10 feet away.
Place at least 1 Nerf gun and 5 Nerf darts on this table.
(Having more sets of Nerf guns and darts will help move things along faster.)

How to Play:
Stand behind the table and shoot the Easter eggs off the soda bottles.
Award 10 points for every Easter egg that falls off the soda bottles.

Award prizes for:
Players who score a perfect 50 points.
Players who score 40 points.

 

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9 Feed the Easter Bunny

Toss 5 Easter eggs at an Easter bunny cut-out. Can you get them in the mouth?

Supplies and Set-up:
Draw a large Easter bunny on a piece of cardboard and cut out the mouth.
Easter Game - Feed the Bunny
Hang or mount the cardboard on a vertical stand (you can use a large carton).
Mark a foul line 10 feet away from the Easter bunny.

You will need at least 5 Easter eggs.

How to Play:
Stand behind the line and toss 5 Easter eggs, 1 at a time, into the Easter bunny’s mouth.

Award prizes for:
Players who get all 5 Easter eggs in the Easter bunny’s mouth.
Players who get 4 Easter eggs in the Easter bunny’s mouth.

 

10 Pin the Tail on the Easter Bunny

Do you think it’s easy to pin the tail on the bunny? Try doing it while blindfolded and after turning 3 rounds!

Supplies and Set-up:
Draw a large Easter bunny on a piece of cardboard and mark an X on where the tail is supposed to be.


Hang or mount the cardboard on a wall or vertical stand.

Separately, draw and cut out a bunny’s tail and paste a piece of sticky tack on its back.


(Prepare a few of these, and stand-by extra sticky tack in case it loses its stickiness.)

1 blindfold

Mark a foul line 10 feet away from the cardboard.

How to Play:
Stand blindfolded behind the foul line and turn 3 rounds.
Walk towards the Easter bunny and try to paste the tail on the X.

Award prizes for:
Successfully pinning the tail on or close to the X.

 

Bible Lesson for Kids/Youths – Easter: Resurrection of Jesus

Discuss
1. Did you enjoy these Easter carnival games?
2. Which is your favorite game? Tell us why you liked it.
3. Which game is most difficult? Tell us more.
4. Most of these games are played using Easter eggs. What do eggs have to do with Easter?

Say
Although Easter eggs are not mentioned in the Bible, they are used by Christians around the world to symbolize the empty tomb of Jesus. Every year on Easter Sunday, we remember and celebrate the resurrection of Jesus.

Read
Matthew 28:1-10

Discuss
5. Why did the women go to the tomb?
6. What did they expect to see in the tomb?
7. What did they see instead?
8. What happened to Jesus after he died on the cross?

Say
Yes, Jesus was crucified and died on the cross.
But Jesus did not remain dead for long. Jesus became alive again after 3 days!

Read
1 Corinthians 15:3-8

Discuss
9. Were the women (in Matthew 28:1-10) the only ones who saw Jesus after his resurrection?

Conclude
The women went to the tomb to anoint the body of Jesus with the spices they had prepared. But the body of Jesus was not in the tomb. The angel explained to them that Jesus had risen from the dead. Jesus is alive!
Jesus is the Son of God. He came to earth to die on the cross to take the punishment for our sins. And on the third day, Jesus became alive again.
Because Jesus died on the cross, our sins can be forgiven. We can be with God and have a relationship with him. We can become his children and will one day be with him in heaven.

Related Bible Passages about the Resurrection of Jesus
Mark 16:1-11; Luke 24:1-12; John 20:1-18

 

Bible Lesson for Youths/Adults – Easter: Resurrection of Jesus

Get Started
1. What is your favorite childhood memory of Easter.
2. What Easter traditions do you currently observe? What meaning do they hold for you?

Get Into the Word
Read John 20:11-18
3. Why do you think Mary didn’t recognize Jesus at first?
4. What did Jesus say that prompted Mary to recognize him?

Read John 20:19-31
5. What does Jesus say to the disciples?
6. What does he show them to confirm his resurrection?
7. How does the reality of Jesus’ resurrection impact the disciples?

Read 1 Corinthians 15:1-19
8. What are the key elements of the Gospel?
9. Why would “brothers” need to be reminded of the Gospel?
10. Can you be a Christian and not believe in the resurrection of Christ?
11. If Christ did not rise from the dead, what would it mean?
12. What would be some implications of a Christ who died and stayed dead?

Get the Word Into Your Life
13. Have you ever felt that God was speaking to you personally, calling you by name? Tell us about it.
14. How should the reality of Jesus’ resurrection impact your values, thoughts and actions?

 

Share the Gospel this Easter

Easter is a great time to share the message of salvation. As you celebrate the resurrection of Jesus, consider giving out unique Easter tracts such as The Lost Easter Egg Pop-up Tract during your Easter lesson, event or party. These Easter tracts feature clever pop-ups which tell the story of 3 children in search of a lost Easter egg. The 3 friends really, really want to find the lost Easter egg, just as God really, really wants to be with each one of us.

Easter TractEaster Tract Inside

 

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Bible: Matthew 28:1-10; Mark 16:1-11; Luke 24:1-12; John 20:1-18; 1 Corinthians 15:3-8

Ages: 6 and above

Group Size: 4 or more

Supplies: See Below

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