Keeping the kids entertained over the Easter period needn’t have you ‘cracking’ up. It might be different to what you’re used to but that certainly doesn’t mean it has to be less fun. Our blog is packed with ideas on how to make this Easter a craft-filled, bake-filled, fun-filled one. Try our quick and easy Easter cupcake recipe you can rustle up with the kids. And if crafting is more your bag, our fun crafting ideas are perfect for you and the kids to get stuck into!
1. Make your own Easter bonnet
Easter bonnets are loads of fun to make and a great way for kids to use their imagination and get creative. Decorate with shredded tissue paper, fluffy chicks, bunny decorations, and Easter embellishments for a cracking creation. Don’t have a spare bonnet? An old baseball cap or last year’s outgrown sun hat will do!
2. Create your own Easter twig tree
Trees aren’t just for Christmas – they’re great for Easter too! This twig tree with hanging egg baubles is simple to make and looks beautiful in any space. Get the kids to collect lots of twigs on their daily walk then simply spray them with silver paint (or whatever colour paint you have handy!) and let them dry. Arrange the twigs in a vase or milk jug, and finish by decorating with colourful chicks and sequin eggs.
3. Craft your own Easter box
We love this idea and it’s so simple. Get the kids to make their own Easter egg box. All you’ll need is an empty egg carton, Easter decorations and chocolate eggs! It’s great for kids of all ages to get involved in.
4. Bake your own Easter cupcakes
Easter just isn’t the same without getting a bit messy in the kitchen. Rustle up some tasty cupcakes the whole family will love. We’ve kept this recipe nice and simple so the kids can get involved too!
- Preheat oven to gas mark 4/180˚C/ fan 160˚C.
- Line a 12-hole bun tin with cupcake cases.
- In a large bowl, mix the butter and sugar and beat until the mixture is light and fluffy.
- Beat in the eggs one by one and then add the flour and vanilla extract and a pinch of salt.
- Put the mixture into the cupcake cases and bake for 15-20 minutes, until the cakes have risen and are firm.
- Place the cupcakes out of their tins and onto a cooling rack.
- For the icing, beat the butter until it’s soft, then beat in the icing sugar until you have a soft buttercream.
- Divide the mix into 3 portions and colour each one pale pink, green or yellow.
- Ice the cakes with the different colours, either using a palette knife or piping it on.
- Decorate with edible Easter decorations of your choice.
5. Modelling dough
It’s something that has been around for years and years but modelling dough never fails to keep children entertained for hours on end. With all the right modelling tools for the job, it’s easy to create masterpieces! Don’t have any to hand? You can make your own by mixing half a cup of PVA glue with 1 cup of cornflour. How about injecting even more fun into the mix by making a game out of it? Why not try out these ideas to make the fun and games last even longer:
Guess what I’ve made – Take it in turns to create an animal or object with the dough and then let the other person guess what it is. This game is perfect for getting the whole family involved, and can even be played in teams for even more fun. Use the stopwatch on your phone to time each other for added pressure!
Memory game – Using four different colours of modelling dough, take two balls of dough in each colour (so eight balls in total) and hide these under eight identical cups. Mix them all around so the guesser no longer know which cup the colours are under. Then, turning two cups over at a time, ask the guesser to remember where the matching pairs are and repeat until all of them have been found!
6. Card making
With non-essential items become more and more difficult to get hold of, now’s the perfect time to get back to basics and create your own cards for upcoming birthdays, anniversaries, births and anything else you can think of. Not only that but relatives will appreciate the personal touch even more so during these difficult times so even a card to say ‘hi’ is perfect! See what you and your little one can create with some coloured paper, paints, glitter and stickers.
And if that’s not enough, there’s always the annual Easter egg hunt to plan! Our Easter egg hunt blog is perfect for getting those creative juices flowing.