Keeping the kids entertained over the Easter period needn’t have you ‘cracking’ up. Things might still 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 Easter craft ideas to help you make this Easter a 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 little ‘uns to get stuck into!
1. 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. This is a great activity for kids; we’ve kept this recipe nice and simple so the little ones can get involved!
Ingredients & Method
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.
… or try a little Easter gift for the loved ones with a sweet tooth!
Why not make some little Easter sweet treat gifts to give to your loved ones by reusing old jars, filling them with Easter chocolates, adding decorations of their choice and putting little name labels on!
2. Modelling dough – Easter games
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, so why not play it in teams after your Easter lunch. Use the stopwatch on your phone to time each other for even more fun!
Eggy memory game – Using four different colours of modelling dough, make two egg-shaped balls of dough in each colour (so eight eggs in total) and hide these under eight identical cups. Mix them all around so the guesser no longer knows 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!
3. Card making
It might be too late to get Easter cards in the post, but why not create your own Thank You cards for any yummy egg you’ve been sent, or just enjoy making a range of cards for upcoming birthdays, anniversaries, births, or simply to say ‘hi’. Relatives will appreciate the personal touch and the kids will love creating something to send. See what you and your little one can create with some coloured paper, paints, glitter and stickers.
4. Easter table setting
Make it an extra special Easter Sunday lunch by decorating your table. If you can find some Easter crackers or fun Easter-themed paper plates then you’re half way there, but you can also add your own finishing touches. Using some coloured paper, cut out enough ribbon shapes to have one per person and then add a name to each in your best handwriting. This can be slipped into each fork to show who sits where.
Next, find some little twigs, leaves or even a few sprigs of rosemary if you have any growing in the garden, and wrap one or two together with a piece of ribbon or string. Repeat for each person and arrange carefully on the table near each set of cutlery. A lovely job done!
5. Easter centrepiece
Create your own feature centrepiece for your Easter dining table. You’ll need some acrylic paint (just one colour of your choice and a white would do the trick), a paint brush, a paper plate or paint palette for mixing, an unused terracotta plant pot, and some easter treats to fill it with. Make sure you cover your surfaces with newspaper as this could get messy.
- Into your palette, simply squirt one blob of your chosen colour (we chose blue) and three blobs of white (getting slightly larger each time)
- Take a bit of coloured paint and mix it into the first white, then the next and the next, until you have four paints all in slightly lighter shades
- Paint a stripe of each colour around your pot, from dark at the bottom to lighter at the top and leave it to dry
- Then you simply fill with your chosen Easter treat. We picked little coloured eggs but you could add some bunny chocs, fluffy chicks, or even some daffodils.
6. Doing our bit this Easter
While we share some time with family this Easter why not help support some great causes by contributing to our Together for Families charities? All three of the charities we’re supporting help thousands of families across the UK each year who are going through tough times. You can simply donate via our funding page, or you could even make an event out of it by holding a friends and family bake off to raise money. Okay, we can’t sample each others creations at the moment but you could offer a little prize for the best decorated cakes and ask for entries via photo at £1 for every entry. An easy and fun way to raise a bit of money for some fantastic charities! Click to donate here
Well there you have it, plenty to keep you and the kids busy this Easter. We hope you have fun trying out some of our ideas and would love to see your Easter crafting and baking creations! Let us know how you get on by sharing your stories and photos with us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.