Posted on April 15 2019
Spring is in the air, bringing countless reasons to celebrate and have fun! The prospect of sunnier days…the teensy cuteness of chicks, lambs and bunnies…not to mention, of course, the chocolatey eggs - by the dozen! (HELLO! Did someone just say ‘CHOCOLATE’?) Of course, we mustn’t ignore the not-so-teensy task of keeping the children happy and occupied throughout the Easter holidays. By providing a range of exciting learning activities you can help stimulate children’s cognitive and language skills; and along with some fresh air and exercise, your children will enhance their physical development too. As a bonus, busy children have fewer opportunities for whinges, tantrums and those never-ending sibling squabbles that seem to erupt when kids are tired or bored.
So here goes… a mini list of Easter activities that are fun to do and - just as important - easy to organise. (Because a fuss-free set up with simple instructions generates less stress and more fun for everyone.)
Less ‘eggshaustion’ and more ‘eggstravaganza’? It’s a win-win!
Easy Peasy Baskets, Bonnets and Brunch!
Save yourself the hassle of making quaint little cardboard baskets that require hours of intricate origami folding. Instead grab some empty egg cartons (either 6-egg, or 12-egg, it’s up to you) and let the kids paint them using poster paints or acrylics in any colours of their choosing. Then fix a sturdy handle to each carton by cutting pieces of wide ribbon and fastening the ends to either side of the carton using staplers or a hot glue gun.
You now have some lovely Easter baskets that are ready to be filled during those infamous annual egg hunts! It’s a good idea to use two-part, fillable plastic eggs in which you can cram mini chocolate eggs and then hide them around the house or garden. To make the game as fair as possible for everyone taking part, you can give each child the same-sized egg carton basket (either 6-part or 12-part) so that each plastic egg must sit in its own compartment in the basket (In other words, each child can collect up to 6, or up to 12 plastic eggs - depending on the carton size used for his or her basket). The link below at Fun-A-Day has a full tutorial with pictures on how to do this at https://fun-a-day.com/homemade-easter-baskets-kids-can-make/
For more inspiration take a look at the links below:
Once everyone has had an energetic run around to find the hidden eggs, they might be ready for a quiet craft activity such as making a fabulous Easter bonnet or a crazy Easter hat. Ready-made straw bonnets that you can decorate at home are a popular choice for busy parents because obviously you don’t have to bother making the hat. They are relatively cheap and widely available from many retail stores or you can get them from Amazon – either the paper versions from Baker Ross or plain straw bonnets. But if you prefer ‘craftier’ options, these can be as simple as a strip of coloured card placed around the child’s head to measure the head size and then the ends of the card are glued or stapled together into place. Children can decorate their own hat strip using felt tip pens and by gluing on craft materials such as tissue paper, along with mini pom poms, feathers, buttons, felt shapes and stickers. As a nod to the legendary Easter Bunny, children can cut out two bunny ear shapes from coloured card and then glue the ends of these to the front and inside part of their hat. Let the children use their imaginations to make their Easter hats as weird and as wonderful as they like!
Once everyone has finished decorating their own hat, why not gather the children together, put on some music and have a grand Easter parade? For young children, this could simply consist of showing off their hats as they dance around to lively music in a large space such as the garden. Older kids might enjoy taking turns to walk in front of everyone showing off their wondrous headwear. For example, you could place a table runner on the floor and pretend that it’s part of the catwalk. You could then add a commentary (or invite one of the children to be the commentator) as each child struts along and pretends to pose for the cameras. For example:
‘And here is the lovely Lucy wearing a big yellow bonnet that has big pink bunny ears! It’s decorated with pink and yellow feathers, blue butterflies and little white pom poms!’
For more inspiration for your Easter bonnets have a look at these tutorials and posts below:
After all those chocolate eggs, your kids might be ready for something a little more nutritious (but just as delicious). In continuation of the Easter themes and Easter holiday fun, how about serving up a delicious Easter egg fruit pizza? You can serve it in slices with whipped cream, custard, yogurt or a dollop of ice cream - whatever takes your fancy! So yummy! An easy way to make the base is to use cookie mix or scone mix. Follow the product instructions for mixing the dough, then work it into an Easter egg shape before baking it on a greased baking sheet according to the oven temperature and time. Once your base has cooled a little, spread over some sweetened cream cheese and then let your kids place fruit slices in rows across the top to resemble the colourful designs found on Easter eggs. For example, they could use alternate rows of blackberries, raspberries, blueberries and strawberries for a lovely purple and red stripy design. If you prefer to make your own base, you could mix together the following ingredients to form a dough, create an egg shape and then bake it at 220ºC (gas mark 7) for about 12-15 minutes:
225g self-raising flour
pinch of salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
2 tablespoons caster sugar
For more great Easter brunch and food ideas check out these blogs below for loads of inspiration:
But whatever you decide to do this holiday – above all, Have Fun!