Spring into action for an egg-citing Easter weekend
It’s Easter this weekend and we’ve all had to put our plans for visits to grandparents and trips to the seaside on hold. The cottage in the country has been cancelled, and you can’t even get together with your baby group in the park for a play and a catch up.
But this weekend doesn’t have to be a write off. We’ve got lots of ideas about how to keep the little ones busy with Easter fun and if they’re happy, we know you’re happy.
Cooking up Easter nests
We’ve all made chocolate crispies with a bar of melted chocolate and popped mini chocolate eggs on top for an Easter treat, but if your chocolate bars have already been eaten (or you’re saving them for a rainy day), try this simple recipe made from store cupboard ingredients. You can get the kids involved in the weighing, but be careful as the mixture does get very hot. You will need:
- 75g butter, margarine or baking spread
- 75g sugar
- 75g chocolate powder (a mix of drinking chocolate and cocoa is best)
- 3 large table spoons golden syrup (if you heat the spoon first, the syrup slips off more easily)
- Cereal such as rice crispies, shredded wheat or cornflakes
- A few mini chocolate eggs to decorate (these are optional)
Gently melt the butter or margarine in a large saucepan and add the chocolate powder, sugar and golden syrup. Boil the mixture briefly. Take off the heat and stir in enough cereal to be nicely coated, but not so much that it doesn’t stick together. Spoon into paper cases, top with the eggs and allow to cool. Makes about 20. Delicious!
Download Easter egg or chick drawing templates or make your own. Then set your little ones free with pens, paint, glue and coloured paper – whatever you’ve got. If they do several, you could stick them to a window or peg them to a pot plant as a cheerful decoration.
We’re going on a bug hunt
Now that Spring is here, the insects are coming out of hibernation. If you have access to a garden, get ready with your explorer’s hats and a magnifying glass if you have one. Spend a bit of time with your little ones exploring these amazing mini beasts. Count the spots on a lady bird, try to work out how a worm wriggles, how many woodlice are under this stone? You could take photos of each creature and either print them out to make a photo album or draw them together later.
…Or maybe on a bear hunt?
If you haven’t got easy access to outside space – or simply want a bit of interaction with the outside world – you can get involved with some of the local activities being set up by communities to make staying apart easier. People are putting children’s rainbow drawings, Easter egg pictures and teddy bears in their front windows for people on their daily exercise walk to notice. This is a lovely idea to keep the little ones looking out for them so they remain enthusiastic about their daily walk. It’s also good for grandparents who can’t catch up with their own families to feel like they’re getting involved and helping others. If it’s not happening in your area yet, why not start a trend?
Eggs-tra fun with eggs
If you have any spare, there’s lots of fun to be had with a box of eggs. If your children are a bit older, use a pin to prick holes in either end (make one of the holes a bit bigger) and then get them to blow as hard as they can to get the middles out (you can use the middles for cooking). You’re left with just the delicate shell which you can decorate with pens or paints. If your children are still tiny, you might want to hard boil the eggs and then let them decorate them. And of course, you can add snappy teeth to the empty egg box and make yourselves a friendly monster.
The egg-less egg hunt
If you haven’t been able to pick up a pack of chocolate eggs for an egg hunt, you can either hide paper ones or make a treasure hunt with sticky notes. If your child can read, give them clues, but if they’re still too little, draw pictures of where the next clue might be – perhaps under the table, on the bed, near the telly. At the end of the trail, they could find a small gift, a sticker or a certificate.
Lunch on Easter Sunday
It’s hard that we won’t all be with our extended families this Sunday. But we can keep in touch by phone or through social media, and you can still make Sunday lunch an occasion. Your little ones will love setting the table, putting out napkins (you could ask them to decorate kitchen roll with felt tips to make it really special) and making the preparations for a really special occasion.
So whatever you do this weekend, we hope you have an eggsellent time!