Remember the bank holiday Easter weekend before babies came along? A long lie-in on the Saturday, possibly a leisurely lunch at a cosy country pub, maybe a visit to church on the Sunday morning followed by an afternoon relaxing with a newspaper and dinner with friends?
Seems like a distant dream now, doesn’t it?!
There’s no doubt about it, having children completely changes the feel of the Easter holidays. But it needn’t be a bad thing. Take the stress out of the bank holiday weekend with our top five ideas for ways to make the most out of Easter with children.
1. Handmade cards
Before you assume making your own Easter cards is a big chore, just think of the hours your children will be occupied colouring, cutting and sticking. If you’re organised, you can keep your Easter cards from the previous year and cut out some of the designs to recycle in your handmade cards this year.
Glitter glue is always a worthwhile investment, along with tissue paper and coloured feathers. You can purchase all of these materials in many supermarket chains now, or at all craft stores on the high street or online.
There’s nothing like a festival for an excuse to indulge, and there’s the added bonus that baking with the kids will keep them busy for another couple of hours too. Hot Cross Buns are always a safe bet at this time of year. Or, if your family aren’t big fans of the bun, try a chocolate nest complete with mini eggs. Yum!
3. Easter egg treasure hunt
No Easter Sunday is complete without an Easter egg treasure hunt. Make the most of the spring weather and hide eggs in the garden, park or local countryside. A set of clues is a must, along with a basket for each child to collect their finds in. The hunt will certainly help your children build up an appetite ready to eat some of those well-deserved treats!
If you’re looking for an Easter Egg hunt with a difference, we love this Peter Rabbit Easter Egg Hunt Kit from the experts in all things party – Rockin Good Party Stuff. Check out the cool signs that could adorn your garden…
The kit comes complete with 12 arrow signs and wooden stakes, along with a large hanging sign. Is it bad if we admit that if it was us, we’d attempt to take all credit for the gorgeous illustrations?
Get crafty with blown eggs
If chocolate isn’t your thing (shock!) then you could always try making some blown eggs. It may sound fiddly and difficult, but it’s not – honest!
If you’ve never tried blowing eggs before, it’s a great fun activity and leads to endless possibilities for making Easter decorations and homemade gifts.
It’s pretty simple. All you need to do is prick a few holes (with a needle) either end of an uncooked egg. You then carefully hold the egg and – taking your time – blow through the top hole. The contents of the egg then dribbles out of the bottom, leaving you with an empty and complete egg shell ready to decorate. One of our favourite bloggers, Red Ted Art has a great How To guide on Easter egg blowing here.
Then comes the fun part. To decorate your eggs you can either use paint or tissue paper and glue. You can turn them into hanging decorations, fun little animals or multi-coloured treasure hunt prizes – there are so many possibilities!
5. Woodland adventures
The Easter bank holiday weekend is a brilliant opportunity to get out and explore your local woods. With spring officially here, the forests across the UK will be littered with daffodils and bluebells.
Why not make the most of the opportunity to be outside and set your children “challenges” to spot as many different types of wild flowers as they can? As well as being a fun activity to do together, if you’re anything like us, it’ll give you the opportunity to burn off some of that Easter chocolate!
How do you spend Easter? Share your ideas and inspire us…