9 Sweet Ways To Entertain Kids During The Easter Holidays

April 5, 2019


The Easter holidays, in my opinion, have the potential to be the best school holidays of the year. Never mind one week off school, with the Easter holidays you get two glorious weeks in the spring sunshine! That means there’s plenty of time for Easter activities. I’ve put together this blog post crammed full of Easter activities for kids that should keep them busy over the holiday period.

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I’ve also teamed up with leading sweets brand, Swizzels, who are offering two lucky winners a Retro Sweet Wicker Hamper with 1.1kg of sweets in each. That’s more than enough to treat the kids over the holidays and also sneak yourself some of your own favourites from childhood.

9 Sweet Ways To Entertain Kids During The Easter Holidays

Easter Egg Hunts

A traditional Easter activity loved by many – you just can’t beat an Easter egg hunt. You can join in with local Easter egg hunts or host your own. Last year we took Luke to his Great Grandpa’s house and hosted our very own Easter egg hunt in the garden. Luke painted his own little box to collect the eggs in too, which kept him busy on the days leading up to Easter Sunday. There are even alternative chocolate choices for those with dietary requirements, so no one has to miss out.

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Sweetie Hunts

Not everyone is a chocoholic and I know lots of people who prefer sweets to chocolate. If your kids are the type who’d prefer a packet of Drumstick Squashies over some mini Easter eggs, hosting a sweetie hunt instead of an egg hunt could be a great alternative. In some respects, it’s also easier as there’s no danger of melted chocolate getting everywhere! Easter eggs are great and all, but the melted chocolatey fingers aren’t so great. Plus, as a boring parent, I think it’s easier to limit the sugar consumption when you can dish out packets of sweets rather than breaking bits of chocolate egg off into bowls.

If you’re a lover of chocolate AND sweets, you’ll be pleased to know that Swizzels have also launched a collection of Easter Eggs!

Easter Crafts

Luke’s been massively into crafts from the get go, so there’s no way we could get through the Easter holidays without doing some crafting. He’s so eager to craft that he has not one, but two craft boxes in his bedroom and they’re both full to the brim. There’s loads of cute and easy crafting ideas for children of all ages on Pinterest, but I really love these Felt Easter Egg Decorations and this Spring Chick Craft For Kids.

Traditional Egg Dying

I’ve never done this but now Luke’s a little older, I think he’s the perfect age to enjoy dying Easter eggs. We’ve always used poster paints in the past and painted our own designs on the eggs, but this year I’m looking forward to trying the traditional egg dying methods. I love how you can create different patterns using string, tape, elastic bands and bits from nature. Luke’s going to love doing this and it’s a great engaging activity.

Make Easter Bunting

Every year we make our own Easter bunting – it’s become a sort of Easter tradition for us. Sometimes we use ready made packs, like this one from last Easter and other times we embrace the mess and design our own.

Search For Hidden Rocks

Getting outside is the easiest way to keep the children entertained during the holidays. We have loads of local walks and parks near us that are great for hidden rock hunting. Luke loves painting these special stones, photographing them and hiding them for other people to find too. Why not join a local rock hunting Facebook group? It’s a real thrill when someone posts about one of the rocks you’ve painted and hidden. It’s also nice to get out and explore new areas as a family.

Local Events and Days Out

Because Easter is such a long holiday, there’s often loads of activities and events on locally that are great for families. We are lucky to have the Watercress Line locally, which hosts their A Day Out With Thomas over the Easter holidays. Luke’s really excited for that as we’ve been before but he was a little too young to appreciate everything. However, there are always lots of cheap or free activities to keep the kids entertained in local garden centres, children’s centres and schools. My advice would be to keep an eye out in local Facebook groups and start looking for event flyers in local shops.

Cook Something New

Every year I see some seriously good looking Easter treats that I’d love to try and cook! This Easter we’re going to choose one Easter recipe and try to make it ourselves. It’ll be fun to try and make something that we’ve never made before that we wouldn’t usually attempt. It can’t be Easter without Shredded Wheat nests either, right?

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Have Movie And Games Day

With spring comes spring showers so you know we’re bound to have a few rainy days. This presents the perfect opportunity to have a movie and games day. Luke’s just old enough now to start playing console games – his favourites are Dreamworks Dragons Dawn Of New Riders on PS4 and, of course, Pokemon Let’s Go Eevee on Nintendo Switch. We are a family of movie lovers so sitting down with a good film is a great way to spend some nice quality time together, and it’s about the only time these days I get a snuggle with my biggest boy. It’s also the perfect excuse to sit down and eat some sweeties!

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Basically: play outdoors, eat sweets, try something new and have some quality family time.

Like I said, I really do love the two week long Easter holidays. They’re such a great excuse to eat some tasty treats, try new things and make loads of new memories. I hope you found some inspiration for Easter activities that’ll keep your children entertained throughout the Easter holidays. If you are looking for more inspiration, you could always check out my Easter Pinterest board. Now, onto that giveaway I promised…

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Super Sweet Giveaway from Swizzels

If this post has whetted your appetite for a little sweet treat, I have some very good news for you. The lovely people at Swizzels have given me two Retro Sweet Wicker Hampers (RRP Β£15.99) to give away. Packed with some of their yummiest treats, including tongue-tingling Refreshers, Love Hearts, Parma Violets, Double Dips and Squashies, these hampers would make the perfect Easter gift – or a little indulgence for yourself.

The dimensions of the hamper are: 10.5cm high x 30cm wide x 18cm deep.

Total weight of the hamper is approximately 1.1Kg This is comprised of 735g of sweets, plus the weight of the basket.

Contents may vary but will include a combination of some of the following: 500g assortment of old school classic sweets that includes Love Hearts, Refreshers, Drumsticks, Parma Violets, Double Dip, Double Lollies, Fizzers & Fruity Pops, as well as Rainbow Drops and Squashies.

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To enter for your chance to win a Retro Sweet Wicker Hamper, simple read through the T&C’s, ensuring that you understand them, then enter your details and follow the instructions on the Rafflecopter widget below. The giveaway is open from 05/04/2019 and closes 28/04/2019. The winners will be contacted via email. Good luck!

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Terms & Conditions:

You are entering for your chance to win a Retro Sweet Wicker Hamper from Swizzels. There is no cash alternative.

  • The giveaway opens 05/04/2019 and closes 28/04/2019 .
  • There will be two winners. Each winner will win 1 hamper.
  • Winners will be contacted by email and via Twitter (if you have entered via a Twitter option). For this reason, please ensure the information you enter with is valid.
  • This giveaway is open to UK residents only.
  • Entrants must be 18+.
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  • Once the winners have been randomly selected, they will have 1 week to get back in touch with me. If they do not reply after 1 week, I will re-draw and a new winner(s) will be selected. If your name is drawn but you have not adhered to the T&C’s (ie. you live outside of the UK), you will be disqualified and another winner will be drawn.
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  • twirkywhirly3

    April 5, 2019 at 9:32 am

    What a wonderful sweetie hamper our grandchildren would certainly love this & grandma & grandpa too

  • Lyndsey O’Halloran

    April 5, 2019 at 11:33 am

    I used to really love those strawberry looking lollies as a child but I haven’t had one in years.
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    1. Lukeosaurus And Me

      April 8, 2019 at 10:10 am

      Oh yes! I ate all of these haha, they’re SO good!

  • melanie stirling

    April 5, 2019 at 4:13 pm

    The Candy banana sweets were my favourite and I still love them now.

  • Hannah

    April 5, 2019 at 6:21 pm

    Looks like a cracking alternative to the usual Easter egg. Who doesn’t love a retro sweet?

  • Tracy Nixon

    April 5, 2019 at 6:25 pm

    I loved rainbow sherbet and sherbet dib dabs!

    1. Chanise Kemp

      April 25, 2019 at 11:29 am

      I used to love the matchstick type sweets in the box!

  • Helen Tovell

    April 5, 2019 at 7:59 pm

    Fizzy cola bottles for me both the original and the cherry but not the bubblegum they do now

  • Maddie

    April 5, 2019 at 8:13 pm

    You can’t beat a Drumstick!

  • Jade Hewitt

    April 5, 2019 at 8:15 pm

    my favourite sweets are those beer bottle ones, they were soo nice!
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  • Anthony Harrington

    April 5, 2019 at 8:32 pm

    the little yellow foamy bananas and cola bottles

  • Solange

    April 5, 2019 at 9:36 pm

    I loved the fizzy bubblegum bottles.

  • Jenni

    April 5, 2019 at 10:12 pm

    I love Swizzels! Parma Violets have always been my favourite.
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  • Sean Eccles

    April 5, 2019 at 10:42 pm

    Sherbert fountain and refresher bars!

  • Fatima

    April 5, 2019 at 11:52 pm

    I really like the idea of Easter crafts, activities and fun! My little one wants to go on an Egg hunt.

  • Annie Ley

    April 6, 2019 at 1:38 am

    Sherbet fountain were my favourite sweet as a child

  • bex

    April 6, 2019 at 6:10 am

    flying saucers

  • Kathleen marsden

    April 6, 2019 at 6:55 am

    White mice they where in the penny tray in our local shop. Loved going in with my threpenny on a Friday

  • Charlotte – Mama Makes Do

    April 6, 2019 at 9:32 am

    I am one of those people who is not chocolate crazy, but I love fizzers and love hearts. I’ll be doing an egg hunt with my 3 year old this Easter, I’ve got some plastic eggs that I’ll fill with small toys instead of chocolate as, to be honest, he doesn’t need the extra energy haha.
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  • Helen B

    April 6, 2019 at 9:38 am

    Blackjacks πŸ™‚

  • ClaireD

    April 6, 2019 at 1:31 pm

    Ooh would have to be refresher, for sure!

  • Rachel Arnup

    April 6, 2019 at 2:35 pm

    Parma Violets.

  • Amy Bondoc

    April 6, 2019 at 3:25 pm

    parma violets and they are still my favourite snow!

  • Justine Hughes

    April 6, 2019 at 3:33 pm

    Either the pink and white foam mushrooms, or Bassetts Milk Teeth, too hard to choose one.

  • frankie

    April 6, 2019 at 5:13 pm

    What some great ideas for keeping the kids entertained. Our grandsons love Easter egg hunts.

  • Rhia Page

    April 6, 2019 at 5:29 pm

    Loved Black Jacks and Fruit Salads!

  • Demi

    April 6, 2019 at 6:09 pm

    I have to say, the egg hunt is my favourite on this list. Love an egg hunt πŸ™‚

  • Kara

    April 6, 2019 at 6:39 pm

    Oooo I love Swizzels sweets – thanks for the chance to win

  • Dave C

    April 6, 2019 at 6:40 pm

    The little jelly bears. I think they were half a pence each!

  • Stephanie

    April 6, 2019 at 7:13 pm

    Some great ideas here, I want to do the rock hunting with the kids. My favourite sweets are Love Hearts!
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  • Laura Schwormstedt

    April 7, 2019 at 1:47 am

    My kids can’t wait for the easter holidays and making some easter bunting and doing the egg hunt!! Great tips for families and kids – have a good one

    Laura x

  • Chloe Taylor

    April 7, 2019 at 7:59 am

    Parma violets & bassett’s cherry drops xx

  • Sonia

    April 7, 2019 at 9:54 am

    Oh such great ideas! I love Swizzels sweets. I think my favs have to be the double lollies and I just love rainbow drops x
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  • Anosa

    April 7, 2019 at 10:14 am

    We are going to an Easter Egg hunt and would be awesome to do more of these activities too.
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  • Annette, 3 Little Buttons

    April 7, 2019 at 8:47 pm

    These are lovely ideas to do over the Easter holidays. Retro sweets are mine and Mr Buttons favourites. I have fond memories of the double dips! Yummy πŸ™‚
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  • Rebecca F

    April 7, 2019 at 9:07 pm

    Sherbet dips

  • WhatLauraLoves

    April 7, 2019 at 9:12 pm

    Thanks an absolute million for all of these tips. We have my boyfriends son staying with us this Easter Hols and I’m a bit out of touch with what to do! xxx

  • Rich Tyler

    April 7, 2019 at 10:39 pm

    Milk Bottles, i used too, and still do love’em

  • Γ‰va Katona

    April 8, 2019 at 9:55 am

    We didn’t have these when I was a child, because I grew up in Hungary. My favourite was Haribo which I don’t like anymore. These look so cool!
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  • stephanie

    April 8, 2019 at 3:49 pm

    I’m such a fan of retro sweets, I think a sweet hunt makes a great alternative to the traditional Easter Egg hunt x

  • Natasha Dodds

    April 9, 2019 at 11:23 am

    Sherbet Fountain yummy!!

  • Susan Hall

    April 9, 2019 at 5:57 pm

    Fried eggs

  • Andrea Upton

    April 9, 2019 at 7:36 pm

    I loved the parma violets

  • madeline connolly

    April 9, 2019 at 10:16 pm

    lovely treat for the family

  • Elen Mai

    April 12, 2019 at 1:51 pm

    I love these ideas for things to do during the easter holidays – I have fond memories of days out with my siblings from when I was younger! Now we’re older it’s considered our ‘family holiday’ time and this year we’re heading up to Edinburgh where my dad was born!
    El x
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    1. Lukeosaurus And Me

      April 14, 2019 at 10:24 am

      Oh that’s such a lovely little Easter tradition!

  • Claire Roach

    April 12, 2019 at 5:07 pm

    Having a big family Easter and looking for inspiration to keep all the kids busy, just wanted to say thanks πŸ™‚

    1. Lukeosaurus And Me

      April 14, 2019 at 10:23 am

      Aw, you’re so welcome! πŸ˜€

  • Adrian Bold

    April 13, 2019 at 12:51 am

    I loved Fruit Salad chews as a kid.

  • Darrell Perry

    April 14, 2019 at 11:48 am

    Apart from chocolate, my favourite was sherbert. Loved the ones with a lolly in, rather than the licorice. Remember sherberts in all different colours (goodness I sound like my Grandfather ha ha)

  • Sheena Batey

    April 14, 2019 at 11:52 am

    Black Jacks and Fruit Salads

  • Emma Larkin

    April 14, 2019 at 12:02 pm

    I think my childhood just revolved around sweets and comics.

    My favourites were – and still are – chocolate limes.

  • Allan Mcrae

    April 14, 2019 at 1:24 pm

    Sports mixtures

  • Katie

    April 14, 2019 at 1:41 pm

    I loved sherbet saucers

  • Alica

    April 14, 2019 at 2:14 pm

    I always loved Refresher lollies but my teeth no longer do lol

  • pete c

    April 14, 2019 at 3:07 pm

    favourite sweets would either be coconut mushrooms or jelly tots

  • Angela treadway

    April 14, 2019 at 3:21 pm

    mine was love hearts x

  • Rena Plumridge

    April 14, 2019 at 3:41 pm

    Black jacks

  • Katerina Economides

    April 14, 2019 at 5:27 pm

    Flying Saucers were my favourite

  • Annabel Greaves

    April 14, 2019 at 6:28 pm

    I used to love sherbet dip

  • Susan B

    April 14, 2019 at 6:42 pm

    Jaffas from New Zealand. Unfortunately, they don’t sell them here but I recommend trying them for anyone visiting the Antipodes.

  • david waterworth

    April 14, 2019 at 7:38 pm

    parma violets were my favourite and now someone makes parma violet beer!


    April 15, 2019 at 11:12 am

    For me it would have to be drumsticks love them!

  • Heather Hibbert

    April 15, 2019 at 8:30 pm

    The wonka sweets they used to make!

  • Michelle Smith

    April 15, 2019 at 8:40 pm

    White mice

  • Gemma Hendry

    April 15, 2019 at 8:54 pm

    flying saucers

  • Alice Gilkes

    April 15, 2019 at 9:59 pm

    My favourite childhood sweet is definitely the Double Dip.

  • Margaret GALLAGHER

    April 15, 2019 at 11:12 pm

    Black jacks – love the fact they made my mouth black

  • Lesley Renshaw

    April 16, 2019 at 2:29 am

    Black Jacks x

  • charlotte isobelle

    April 16, 2019 at 9:50 am

    those sweetie necklaces mmm

  • Linda Ford

    April 16, 2019 at 12:52 pm

    I loved pear drops even though they cut the roof of my mouth from sucking them!

  • bex allum

    April 17, 2019 at 9:01 pm

    I used to love sherbet straws. They were a Friday night treat.

  • Ruth Harwood

    April 18, 2019 at 5:02 am

    Cola Cubes – oh how I loved them – I could suck them til there was nothing left!!

  • janine atkin

    April 18, 2019 at 6:32 pm

    kinder eggs, i still love them now

  • Kevin Honey

    April 20, 2019 at 1:43 am

    Flying Saucers

  • Pam Smith

    April 20, 2019 at 3:52 pm

    Flying Saucers

  • Natalie Burgess

    April 21, 2019 at 5:49 am

    Strawberry milkshakes xx

  • caroline

    April 21, 2019 at 8:08 am

    Love Double Dip

  • Carole Nott

    April 21, 2019 at 4:14 pm

    I loved any type of liquorice, especially black jacks and sherbot fountains –

  • Natasha R-M

    April 21, 2019 at 10:50 pm

    I used to enjoy a ’10 pence mix-up’ and I remember that I liked the white chocolate mice.

  • Allan Fullarton

    April 22, 2019 at 12:04 pm

    Love the Sherbert fountain

  • Joanne Darnell

    April 22, 2019 at 4:43 pm

    pink shrimps

  • Sara-louise Groom

    April 22, 2019 at 6:10 pm

    Wow how lovely … my 3 children would love this as they all have a sweet tooth

  • Justine Meyer

    April 22, 2019 at 6:17 pm

    I love swizzels lollies and still love them to this day

  • Lynn Neal

    April 22, 2019 at 6:44 pm

    Jelly Babies!

  • Victoria Prince

    April 23, 2019 at 5:57 pm

    Little blackberry and raspberry jelly sweets. I haven’t seen them for years, they were little jelly domes covered in little sugar “pips”. Nothing like the jelly backberries and raspberries you can still buy

  • Eileen Tingle

    April 23, 2019 at 7:10 pm

    I used to love Nutty Logs, I had one every day on the way home from school and they cost 2d in old money.
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    April 23, 2019 at 11:16 pm

    Smarties, oranges ones were my favourites and still are

  • Sadiyya Maryam

    April 23, 2019 at 11:26 pm

    Many thanks for the great ideas! Favourite childhood sweets has to be peardrops and refreshers!

  • James Travis

    April 24, 2019 at 2:08 pm

    The love hearts was mine

  • Anthea Holloway

    April 24, 2019 at 6:34 pm

    I always loved sherbet dabs!

  • Tom Liptrot

    April 24, 2019 at 6:37 pm

    I really don’t think you can beat a Double Dip

  • Emma Howard

    April 24, 2019 at 7:24 pm

    I loved parma violets!

  • Amanda Gregory

    April 25, 2019 at 10:51 am

    Refreshers (fizzy not chews) were my favourites I think.

  • Nyasha Mtutu

    April 25, 2019 at 12:00 pm

    Milk bottles were my favourite…closely followed by fruit salads πŸ™‚

  • Sheri Darby

    April 25, 2019 at 3:17 pm

    I love Black Jacks and Sherbet Fountains

  • Mary Campbell

    April 25, 2019 at 3:28 pm

    Space Dust – that biz really did fizz when you popped it in your mouth!

    1. Tammy Neal

      April 26, 2019 at 10:23 pm

      Black jack’s

  • Nikki Turner-Chaplin

    April 25, 2019 at 7:02 pm

    I love the double dips!

  • Samantha Donnelly

    April 25, 2019 at 7:27 pm

    It has to be milk bottles for me, the old fashioned ones with the dusting on them

  • Hayley Warren

    April 25, 2019 at 7:41 pm

    I love drumstick lollies or the sherbet fountains!

  • Stacey Guilliatt

    April 25, 2019 at 8:50 pm

    My favourite has to be Parma violets!

  • Rebecca Whatmore

    April 26, 2019 at 6:07 am

    I loved all pic n mix. Fruit salads and refresher bars were a favourite of mine.

  • Jacqui Graham

    April 26, 2019 at 9:34 am

    My favourite childhood sweet were jelly babies

  • Denise walton

    April 26, 2019 at 10:51 am

    Refresher chews was my favourite

  • Irene Murdoch

    April 26, 2019 at 11:52 am

    I loved chocolate mice.

  • Pauline Wilson

    April 26, 2019 at 12:48 pm

    I absolutely loved icy cups, the little chocolates in foil wrappers

  • Kate Davies

    April 26, 2019 at 1:55 pm

    Sherbet fountains.

  • Jeanette Leighton

    April 26, 2019 at 6:06 pm

    I used to love drumsticks, also bon bons

  • Emma Whittaker

    April 26, 2019 at 7:25 pm

    I love Parma Violets

  • Carol Boffey

    April 27, 2019 at 10:00 am

    love the love hearts

  • Nicola Marshall

    April 27, 2019 at 10:28 am

    Cola bottles was and still are my favourite sweet.

  • Amy Jo mclellan

    April 27, 2019 at 2:26 pm

    I loved Refreshers so much!

  • Carolyn E

    April 27, 2019 at 2:34 pm

    Flying Saucers

  • Kim Neville

    April 27, 2019 at 4:16 pm

    Pear drops

  • Troy Easton

    April 27, 2019 at 6:49 pm

    Love the Coke Bottles.

  • Heli L

    April 27, 2019 at 6:50 pm

    I loved cola bottles and any sour sweets. Still love them both!

  • Fiona jk42

    April 27, 2019 at 8:56 pm

    Sherbet dips

  • Antonia Richardson

    April 27, 2019 at 10:14 pm

    Cola Cubes (Kola Kubes)

  • Kelly Hirst

    April 27, 2019 at 10:17 pm

    My favourite childhood sweets are opal fruits aka Starburst!

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