Easter is coming up quickly; if you’re a parent, you’ll know that the Easter holidays means an entire two weeks of no school! It doesn’t feel that long ago to me that they were on their February half term. What with all the snow days we’ve had across the UK so far this year, it sort of feels like the kids have had more days at home than at school. Where was all this snow when I was little, eh?
Anyway, entertaining the children for two weeks can sound a bit daunting. There are only so many special events or days out you can afford to take them to, and how many visits to the local park in this chilly weather is it going to take to keep them occupied?
Well, I have partnered up with the GBC Group to bring you some ingenious ideas that your little ones can enjoy over the course of the Easter holidays. The GBC Group kindly put together a box of goodies for Luke to explore over the holidays – everything you could need to make sure that you have a cracking Easter!
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Pop Some Bunny Ears On
First up, can you celebrate the Easter holidays without a set of bunny ears? I don’t think so. You can grab a set of ears really cheaply from sites such as Amazon, fancy dress shops, and it’s also worth checking out any local Poundshops you’ve got. If you’re feeling extra celebratory, why not go the full hog and team the ears up with some face paints? Since you already have the ears, all you need is some grey paint for the face, some black for the outlines and the whiskers, and a little pink or red for extra touches if you want them.
Grow Your Very Own Eggling Plant
This is something that I had never come across before rifling through our Easter box. A company called Eggling have created the perfect gift for green fingered kids. In the box you’ll find a terra cotta tray, an egg and some seeds. All you need to do is crack the egg, water it, make sure it has some sunshine and wait for your plant to grow! This is a play on the traditional “growing cress in an egg” experiment that we all did as children, only Eggling have come up with a way to enable a whole bunch of different plants to grow. You can choose between strawberries, basil, some flowers (Phlox, Chrysanthemum), petunias, mint and lavender. Luke loves a spot of gardening, and along side this lavender Eggling, we’re also planning on planting our sunflower seeds over the holiday!
Paint Your Own Eggs
Traditional practices are always fun to explore, both for the adults and children alike. I find that it’s so nice to do things with Luke that I used to do as a child. Easter egg dying with shaving foam is great for kids, it’s fun but a little messy. Painting your own eggs? That sounds like a slightly less traumatising afternoon craft for you and the children to do together. It’s perfect if the kids have had a bit too much chocolate and they need some calm down time. You can pick up cute little Easter egg kits from shops such as The Works, Wilko and Amazon. Hobbycraft even do a paint your own box of bunnies version! All the kits I have seen on the market come with the eggs, brushes and paints, so you don’t need to pick up any extras.
Make Your Own Easter Bunting
Since becoming a mum I have noticed that any time there’s a special event to celebrate, I have the uncontrollable urge to put bunting up. I blooming love a it! There are loads of crafty bunting ideas over on Pinterest if you fancy a challenge, or your children are at a good age to cut everything out carefully. Fortunately, if you’ve hit the stage in the holidays where you’re starting to lag a bit, there are ready made craft kits available on the market too. I have this gorgeous one from The Works which includes the printed cards, pom poms, ribbon, double sided tape, foam stickers and easy to use instructions. I’ve also seen them on Amazon and in Wilko. Luke seems to share my enthusiasm for bunting, so I know this activity will keep him going for most of the afternoon.
Go On An Easter Egg Hunt
It’s not Easter without chocolate! Get outdoors and host an Easter egg hunt! Egg hunts are the perfect way to keep children (of all ages) busy for a little while, as well as making sure that they get outside and get some fresh air. What could be better motivation for running around like a lunatic than chocolate eggs? We got sent some heavenly Galaxy caramel mini eggs which come with bright yellow wrappers. They’re small enough so you can hide them well, but bright enough that Luke can see them standing out against the grass.
What are you planning to do over the course of the Easter holidays? Have you already collected some crafty bits together or booked tickets to events? Let me know what you’re up to in the comments, and if you’re after some more inspiration, check out my Easter Pinterest board.
*Thanks to the GBC Group for sending over this generous box of Easter goodies for Luke to enjoy!