March 9th, 2016
Easter Activities for the Whole Family
Growing up my father always looked forward to the Easter egg hunt. His method was rather haphazard and required no more effort than depositing chocolate eggs around the garden to be collected. Mostly silver with only a couple of, more expertly hidden, gold. He then let us free to search and sat back in the sunshine with a glass of wine and watched us hunt. The silvers were free to be eaten and the gold traded in for an Easter basket, complete with chocolate bunny, jelly beans and the like.
An Easter egg hunt can be as easy hiding a few chocolate eggs in the house or garden or as elaborate as decorating your own eggs and making your own baskets and then arranging a hunt. If you choose the latter, you could have 2 full days of activities taken care of. Here is your step by step guide:
Plan your Easter Egg Hunt!
You have several options for Easter eggs.
1. Chocolate eggs: A general crowd pleaser and easy and cheap to buy in bulk
2. Real eggs to decorate: Remember you will need white ones!
a. Hard boiled: This is one option if you are planning on decorating the eggs and eating them afterwards. They are robust and are easier to handle with breaking for the littler ones.
b. Blown out eggs: This option means you can keep your expertly decorated eggs for posterity but also means you will have to blow the egg out of the eggshell. To do this poke a hole in both the top and bottom of the egg, then, while holding the egg over a bowl or cup, place a straw or even just your mouth over the top hole and blow. It’ll be hard going but eventually the egg will find its way into the bowl. With a long needle you can then thread a ribbon through to hang them after they are decorated. Remember to save the eggs for omelets or scrambled eggs!
1. Dipping: To create coloured eggs you can use food-coloured water and dip the eggs. Keep the egg cartons for drying. A white crayon can be used to draw designs and therefore will show a nice negative pattern. Rubber bands also make nice strips
2. Painting: Acrylic paints can be used to paint any design on white, dip dyed or even brown or blue eggs.
3. Stickers: A great option for the little ones
1. Store bought baskets are always an option. Places like Poundland and Tiger are likely to have relatively inexpensive options.
2. Brown paper sandwich bags can be decorated by the kids to use as baskets.
3. For the truly ambitious with older children, origami baskets are both utilitarian and a fun activity. For a step by step guide click here.
Easter egg hunts can be either indoors or out or a combination of the two depending on your circumstances and, of course, the weather! Here are a couple of tips to make sure it all goes smoothly.
1. Make sure you note where you have hidden your Easter eggs. While unfound hard-boiled egg under the sofa will soon alert to its presence, melted chocolate in the bookshelf will not!
2. Establish rules so that the older kids do not “find” all the eggs intended for the younger ones. E.g. Anything below your knees is off limits or The pink eggs are for the babies. Etc
3. Have one egg per child (could be the egg they decorated) be a special egg that gets traded for an Easter bunny or other treat. This keeps them looking rather than just eating the chocolate.
Remember adults can join the hunt too!