Easter

We can’t get to this time of year without mentioning Easter. It falls on 20th April this year and will, I’m sure, be another egg-stravaganza (sorry about that, I couldn’t resist!) of chocolate, chicks, bunnies and simmnel cake. Mmm… can’t wait!

So what do you have planned for your kids at Easter? If I were you, I’d be gathering shredded wheat, cornflakes and rice crispies for making into chocolate-coated nests. I’d then get lots of bags of little chocolate eggs to sit inside them, like in this recipe. I still remember how much I enjoyed making these in school – ahh… a little trip down memory lane.

But, if encouraging your little ones to eat even more chocolate is not your thing, why not use these super cute mini chicks and these extra-long pipe cleaners to make a non-edible version. Or if you fancy having a go at making the chicks too – here’s a lovely kit we’ve put together.

We also have these wonderfully tactile polystyrene eggs that can be decorated in all kinds of ways. I especially like a combination of marbling ink and acrylic jewels – very Faberge! A bowl with a few of these in would look wonderful, I’m sure.

And, the younger kids can have some printing fun with these Easter themed sponges. They can use them to make a freize or cards and these Easter Bunny and Chick cups are simple, fun and really cute too! The older kids might enjoy trying something a little more challenging, like these origami bunnies and if you need even more inspiration, here are some more great Easter craft ideas from Pintrest.

Of course, Easter is not just about hunting and eating chocolate eggs and bunnies – it does have a serious side. It’s one of the most important Christian festivals and celebrates the resurrection of Jesus – a fundamental of the faith. I won’t go into too much detail here, so if you want some more – here’s a great simplified version.

It’d also be interesting to have a look at the different traditions associated with Easter. For example, in Bulgaria the decorated eggs are used to play a version of conkers and in Germany the eggs are hung from trees and used to decorate wells. In many Nordic countries, it has become a modern tradition to watch crime fiction at Easter, with new detective novels specifically being scheduled for publication at this time. You can find more about these traditions here.

Have fun!

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