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Things to do in the Easter Holidays that will still make it special

This article has been written by parenting blogger and co-author of Create Your Own Happy and Be Happy Be You  Becky Goddard-Hill.

You may usually spend the Easter break going on holiday, visiting family or simply going for lovely outings now the weather is better.

This year, of course, your plans will have changed, and you may well be wondering how to make the Easter break special whilst in lockdown?  School work has stopped for a couple of weeks and your kids (and you) may be at a loss as to how to keep them busy and how to make this holiday time special.

Well here some awesome ideas for a holiday full of fun.

Baking

Cornflake cakes 

Kids love to bake and it’s the perfect time to melt down those Easter eggs!

You will need:

  • 50g of butter
  • 100g of milk chocolate broken into chunks
  • 3 tbsp of golden syrup
  • 100g of cornflakes

Slowly melt the butter, syrup and chocolate in a saucepan over a low heat. Allow the mixture to cool then pour over cornflakes and mix gently with a spoon. Spoon it into cases and decorate with sprinkles. Yum!

Chocolate jazzies

Leftover Easter chocolate can also be used to make chocolate jazzies.

You will need

  • Whatever chocolate you have spare
  • Sprinkles

Melt the chocolate in a microwave, checking every 30 seconds to see if it’s smooth. Next, spoon out little circles of chocolate onto baking paper lining a tray.

Then simply shake hundred and thousands all over the top of your circles. Then you pop the tray into the fridge so your jazzies can set.

Games

Board Games 

How many times do you say no to games like Monopoly because they take forever? Well now there’s no excuse. Family board games are brilliant for bonding.  Maybe you could create a brand new one.

Party Games 

Charades is always good for a giggle and how about “Who am I”? One person takes on a persona and others have to try and guess who they are simply by asking them questions like “are you male or female?”, “are you dead or alive?”, and the answerer can only answer yes or no so it may take some guessing!

Card Games 

Card games are such a simple and fun way to pass the time.  Easter holidays are a great time to teach them your favourites.

 Crazy Eights

  •  Each player has 5 cards
  •  The rest of the cards go face down in the centre with just the top one turned over
  •  Players take turns to play either the same suit or same number on top of the face-up card—or an 8.
  •  If an 8 is played the player playing it chooses the suit the next player has to play.
  •  The winner is the first to play all their cards.

Getting Creative 

Treasure Hunting

Walks need never be dull again when you combine them with a nature treasure hunt!

All you need is

  • empty egg boxes

The idea is to fill each of the egg box spaces with a different colour of nature’s treasures. This could be wildflowers, leaves, blossom or stones. This adds a whole new dimension to your daily walk and can provide lovely treasure to display or craft with.

Natural gifts 

Another lovely thing you can do as a family is leave lovely surprises for people to find. 

You could: 

Arrange little pebbles into a heart and leave them on your doorstep

Or maybe... 

You could chalk a hopscotch out on the pavement early one morning and have fun watching people use it throughout the day. 

Creative Connecting 

Over the holidays families and friends may be missed more than ever, but connecting in other ways can be special too. Make a point of including this in your Easter to make it super special:

How about practising a family song and sharing it with extended family on Zoom?

Or maybe you could play a huge game of family Scrabble online?

Perhaps you could have a virtual family/friends talent show or joke sharing session via text or skype.

 

Easter is a time for togetherness – and we can still experience that, we just need to get creative!

Holidays bring more time, an easing up of schedules and lots of togetherness which in itself is just lovely - don’t fill it all with DIY and spring cleaning instead take full advantage of this lovely time together and have some fun!