Easter is fast approaching, and you’re probably wondering about ways to celebrate Easter this year. A lot of people will go away over Easter weekend, but this is not an option for some as it is still a week to go until our salaries get paid!
Luckily, money has never been a reason for not spending quality time with family. For some, Easter time can be a real hassle. Your children become bored and start fighting and by the time Sunday comes around, parents are wishing for schools to open.
Here are a few great ideas of keeping peace within your household this Easter. Remember, something that shouldn’t be taken for granted is time spent with family. This is a great opportunity to just take a breather from your everyday worries, and relax with your closest and dearest.
Easter egg hunt with a twist
This is most probably the oldest Easter tradition of all time. Maybe this year you could mix things up a bit by making a map for the children to use, in order for them to figure out where the eggs are.
In addition to that, you could incorporate different clues and tips that would lead them to the desired destination. This will keep them busy for longer and will help with problem-solving skills. The map can be designed according to their age and developmental phase. Maybe mom and dad could also draw up a map for one another and join in the fun!
When I was small, my mom used to buy us the little white eggs to decorate with water paint. If you are trying to cut down on sugar for some reason or other, why not incorporate boiled eggs?
Boiled eggs are a good source of protein and much healthier than Easter eggs. Boil the eggs and let them decorate it with waterpaint and markers however they want. The next morning, this will be served for breakfast as children take great pride in designing, decorating and serving things to the adults in their lives. Furthermore, this is a great way of keeping them occupied, and let them explore their creative side.
Bake Easter Cookies
What could be more fun than baking as a family? Although this could become a messy business, it’s a great way of bonding. One of my favourite childhood memories is when I used to bake cookies with my grandma. My mom wasn’t around that much, as she was working long hours to provide for me and my brother. My grandma loved cooking and always taught me new recipes.
I’m very privileged to have experienced these wonderful childhood moments with my grandma, and realise that times have changed. Mommies and grannies don’t stand in the kitchen all day long like they used to. Women have empowered themselves to the point where they barely spend any time there – which is also wonderful, if it’s something that works for them. I do, however, feel that Easter is a wonderful opportunity to create these memories with your children. Bake some cookies with them, it’s something they will always remember when they’re older!
A while ago, my daughter came home with a cute bookmark she had made at school, that looked like an Easter bunny. I thought it was the cutest thing ever! I’ve looked for it on Pinterest, and here are the steps on how to make it!
My favourite game is the “Jelly Bean Pick-Up Game”. All you need is a bowl, a few jelly beans and a straw!
Family Movie Night
Even though this is a regular pastime for some families, there are families who don’t get time to do this enough.
Make a huge bowl of popcorn and make a christmas bed for the whole family! To add an extra touch to the popcorn over this period, why not add Speckled Eggs and some Jelly Beans to the popcorn?
Lastly, if you’ve tried all of the above and all else fails, you might want to get out of the house for a few hours. Here are some suggestions for outings that will not only be cheap but your kids will love it too! I also wrote an article on 5 Great Outdoor Activities For You And Your Kids.
- Take them to the local library
- Picnic at the beach
- Walk the dogs to the park and get some Icecream
- Go to the movies
- Take them to go fishing
- Flying Kite
- Have a talent show in your back garden
- Go camping – either at a camping site or in the backyard
- And finally, the Arcade
I hope you’ve found some inspiration and that neither you nor your family would become bored over the Easter weekend! What are some traditional things that you and your family do over this period? I would love to hear from you!
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