You’ve barely recovered from Christmas and the long, cold winter and Easter is already looming. Like most things in your life, it has crept up on you when you were least prepared [unless, of course, you are a brilliant planner and stocked up on Easter eggs as soon as they started appearing on the supermarket shelves]. The children are already anticipating the holidays. Workingmums.co.uk has some tipson getting prepared.
1. Encourage them to express their artistic talents. Craft shops will be stocked up with all sorts of Easter type materials, from feathers to straw hats. Get them to design their own Easter bonnet. Give it a theme to focus the mind. You could even make it educational, for instance, make the theme healthy eating and quiz them about which food is healthier.
2. If you can’t afford the craft shop materials, hunt the house for suitable alternatives or go on a scavenger hunt outside for feathers, twigs and spring flowers. You could press the flowers overnight. Just make sure they don’t use some important work document as the flowerpress.
3. Make Easter perfume. A bit hard this year, perhaps, due to the lack of flowers, but in the next few weeks there will hopefully be a lot of buds budding all over the place. Get them to decorate the bottle and create a special name for their fragrance. In fact, you could get them to design a whole business plan if you want to eek this activity out over a whole weekend. Get them to present the plan to a board of experts [ie you, your partner, your mum or your best mates] in teams. Make sure you have two different types of criteria for awarding prizes so that neither team feels their efforts have been wasted and that you love the other team so much better. This is not in keeping with the Easter spirit.
4. Cook Easter-themed dishes, ie food that uses either eggs, chocolate or lambs/rabbits or a combination of all of them. Get them to think up new recipes then blindtaste them on unsuspecting visiting adults and ask them if they can list the ingredients.
5. Chocolate art. Melt some chocolate and get the children to paint a lovely picture with it. If the picture goes wrong, they [you] can always eat it.
6. Throw an Easter fancy dress/Easter bonnet party. You can limit it to just you and the family. Award chocolate-themed prizes for the best bonnet/costume.
7. Easter trails/egg hunts: check out what’s available locally. There is usually some sort of nature-themed walk or egg hunt in a local park. If this doesn’t apply in your area, create your own. Get up extra early and hide small eggs everywhere. Make sure you remember where you put them so you can snaffle a few of the harder to reach ones for yourself.
8. Visit local farms. They usually have some Easter-themed activities scheduled and there are all the new born babies to look at. Hours of fun.
9. Decorate eggs. Not as easy as it at first might seem. It’s all in the art of blowing the insides out of the egg. Alternatively, just get the children to use hard boiled eggs and create eggheads of people they know and love or of fictional characters, eg, Little Egg Riding Hood. Use materials as well as colours and paints. Throw the eggheads out after a couple of days or you will be going round the house for hours trying to sniff out the mysterious musty smell in the air.
10. For teenagers: suggest a round of spring cleaning, but make it festive by encouraging them to dress in suitable Easter attire. Alternatively, just buy them chocolate.