Creative fun Activities for your family to enjoy this Easter
Who doesn't love a holiday and this year Easter marks the start of the school holidays in some states. It’s a great time to get creative and build some family time with new traditions and ways of creating Easter happiness.
I’ve pulled together some of the not so traditional ways to incorporate Easter and family time.
The Magic Egg Laying Chicken
When I was little my sister brought home a chocolate chook and told me it was a magic chicken. If I looked after it, it would lay chocolate eggs. It sure did. Right up until the part where I ate the chook. When my children were little, I modified it a little and built our own magic chicken tradition. The story goes that every year some of the chocolate chickens want to be real chickens and the Easter Bunny sprinkles a little magic and the chicken is able to lay chocolate eggs for one week. On Easter Sunday they turn back into a chocolate chook. Warning : I did have the issue of Miss 4 not wanting to eat her friend.
Here’s how it works. The first step is to find the magic chicken in the flock. How do you tell if it's the magic chicken? It clucks. Get up close and listen. One of those chickens sitting in a line on the store shelf will cluck. Carry it carefully home and make it a nest. (or get fancy and construct a chicken coop) Once it's cosy and comfortable it will lay eggs. At different times; in different quantities; guaranteed. But never when the kids are in the room. Of course being a game, you are the one giving the chook eggs but no one needs to know that little secret.
The Endless Easter Hunt
A friend told me about his best Easter memory. He was 6 years old and on a family camping trip with an Uncle. Everyday he and his cousins woke up to find a scattering of Easter eggs. It went all week. It turns out the uncle was just recycling the eggs each day to create a new egg hunt. Clever.
The Magic Seeds
The year we had the French Bells drop by at Easter, (Read more: Building Family Traditions this Easter with this twist on the Easter Bunny) was the year that the seeds appeared. They came in a little tin and resembled jelly beans. The instructions were written in French. With the help of Google translate and a little guessing, we were able to translate the instructions which were basically to plant, water and place in a sunny spot. The next day lollipops would appear that o have grown from the seeds, ready to be harvested. To extend the fun, lollipop sticks first appear, growing longer each day, moving onto full grown lollipops. Find a spot in the garden or paint your own pot to grow your seeds in. Kmart has a lovely pot to paint. Paint pens are easy to use, quick drying and less mess than paint tubes. You can find paint pens here.
This one needs a little prep but can be packed away and used each Easter. Collect wooden eggs or egg shapes and paint or decorate. Wooden ornaments work well for this if time is short. Hide the ornaments and leave clues to their whereabouts. This is a lovely tradition that could be built up each year with family members each decorating an egg shape. Over the years a memorable collection could be built.
A variation for older children is that they each decorate and hide their egg shape, writing a clue for its location. Place the clues in a bowl. Each family member has a turn of drawing out a clue from the bowl and searching for the decorated egg shape. Egg shapes can be found in most stores. If you are looking for something more personal https://littlelayneco.com.au/ does personalised plywood shapes and my favourite, personalised kisses. Watercolour pencils for decorating the shapes give a lovely soft effect. The colour can be blended with water and layers of colour built built up. When dry, seal with gloss spray from Bunnings.
Edible Dyed Eggs
Move over dying the shells of eggs! - create a colourful Easter dish by dying the egg white instead. It’s easy to do and involves hard boiling the eggs, peeling and soaking the whites in a vinegar and food dye mix. Either follow the recipe for colourful devilled eggs or dye the whole egg for hardboiled eggs at the breakfast table. The full recipe can be found here.
Cascarones are eggs filled with confetti. In Mexico, good fortune comes to the receiver of the cascarone. To make a cascarone, a small hole is made in the egg and the yolk is poured out. The egg is washed and when dried , filled with confetti and the end sealed with tape. I prefer crushed up fruit loops rather than paper confetti as it’s easier to sweep up. The full details can be found here. To decorate the eggs, dip in food colouring and water. For less mess try paint pens.
For more ideas and school holidays supplies check out the art packs at ART PACKS//Creative Kids Australia – Art Packs Online