With the kids away from school for the Easter holidays, your work is really cut out for you. Finding a way to keep them entertained, out of trouble and hopefully enlightened in the process is not a task to be undertaken lightly. With this in mind, here are a few ideas for busting the vacation boredom in the spirit of Easter.
1. Personalized Easter Eggs
What you’ll need:
- blown eggs
- alphabet stickers
- wooden skewer
- a candle
- a white paint pen
- metallic pencils (available at Kmart or craft stores)
- decorative felt strips (with sticky back, available from Spotlight)
- silver paint or ink pen
- Use the alphabet stickers to spell out a name.
- Make an egg stand: Twist one end of a wooden skewer into the top of a candle until it stands straight up by itself. Now place the egg on the other end through the larger hole to create a stand.
- Follow the instructions on your spraypaint can and spray the egg until it’s the desired colour.
- Once dry, carefully remove the stickers. If you want the inside to be a different colour to “natural eggshell” carefully colour in the sticker part with a white paint pen. You can try painting it a different colour before you put on the stickers and spray paint, but there is a chance you will peel off the original paint with the sticker.
- Once you’ve mastered the personalized egg design, the sky is the limit! Feel free to try patterns and pictures and experiment with the remainder of the eggs.
2. Rice Bubble Easter Eggs
After you’re little ones are done working up an appetite creating festive decorations, these tasty treats will work a treat to keep their hands busy and their stomachs happy.
- 4 Tablespoons Butter
- 1 package (10 Ounces) Mini Marshmallows
- 6 cups Rice Bubbles
- Assorted Sprinkles
- Small Chocolate Easter Eggs
- Plastic Easter Eggs
- In a large saucepan, melt butter over low heat. Add marshmallows and stir until melted. Remove from heat, then add rice bubbles and stir until well coated.
- Lightly spray interior of the plastic eggs with non-stick cooking spray. If mixture is too sticky, you can also spray your hands.
- Fill both sides of the plastic egg with rice bubble mixture, slightly over-filling one side. Press chocolate egg in the centre on one side of the egg, then close the plastic egg to shape it. (It should be full enough to meet with a little resistance as you close it.)
- Gently release the rice bubble egg from the mold, decorate with your choice of sprinkles and set aside in egg crate until set.
3. Easter Egg Hunt
- Get all of the participants to write their names on a chocolate egg wrapper.
- Once every egg is assigned, have the children close their eyes and count to 20.
- Hide eggs throughout the inside and outside of the house.
- Once the 20 seconds is up, send the players out to find their eggs. The first to find their egg is the winner.