Be creative this Easter by keeping your children’s focus off chocolate, and on to activities that will keep up the excitement of Easter. April 8th marks Easter Sunday so make sure you are organised and ready for those expectant little faces.
For children, the enjoyment of Easter can be wrapped up in how many Easter eggs they receive and how unwell they feel after eating as many of them as they can in one go. As parents, it is your duty to inject the fun back into Easter so that this is not the case. One way to lessen the Easter egg intake is to buy each of your children just one Easter egg. Yes, just one.
A twist on the original Easter hunt game; this time it will become a treasure hunt to reach the hoard of eggs using a string of clues. Use coloured card decorated in Easter designs to write out the clues or riddles, and hide them around your home and garden. This will get your children working together, and using their brains to work out the clues to find the next location. The reward for their team work is their eggs!
Another great activity is getting creative and making handmade cards. However, this is usually done at school or nursery as an Easter activity, so to save your home from overflowing with cards I have an alternative craft activity.
Making bunny ears not only gets your children using their imagination, but is quite possibly the cutest thing ever to adorn your child’s head. Very simple and fun to make, your little ones will almost have forgotten the chocolate eggs as they bounce around your house, bunny style.
What you’ll need:
- White Poster Board
- Pink Card
- School Glue
- Tape or Stapler
How to make them:
- Cut a strip of poster board about 2” wide by about 24” long.
- Cut two ears out of poster board each about 8” long and 3” wide.
- Cut out two smaller pink ears out of card.
- Glue the pink ears inside of the white ears (to give the bunny ear look).
- Glue the ears inside the band positioning to fit behind the child’s head.
- Use tape or a stapler to adjust the band to your child’s head, cutting off any excess.
And, hey presto! You have bunny ears. Using scissors and glue does mean that this activity requires more adult supervision but the end effect is definitely worth it. If you’re a purist then the bunny ears fun ends there, but if you want to let the children get creative (and messy) then gather together any craft supplies you have and set them away decorating their ears. It is advised that you have cleaning supplies at the ready as things will get chaotic.
While you have the craft supplies out you may as well partake in the classic Easter past time of decorating eggs. All you need is boiled eggs, poster paint, felt tip pens and any other craft supplies you have. This will keep your children busy for hours and will cost you very little. Just remember to throw away these works of art after a week or so, to stop bad smells from appearing!
Katherine Weir is an avid blogger of all things food, entertainment and health and well-being. Follow her on Twitter @KatherineWeir