If you’re not sure how you’re going to spend your Easter Sunday this year, we’ve got a few ways you can keep your kids busy and have fun as a family.
1. Make your own chocolate Easter egg
One of the best things about Easter is chocolate. Making your own Easter egg is a relatively straightforward process, and you can decorate the eggs yourself once they set.
- You’ll need to buy a chocolate egg mould to start. This one is £6.99 from The Cake Decorating company.
- Ensure the inside of your mould is streak-free by cleaning it with a cotton cloth or a piece of kitchen roll.
- For best results, you’ll need to temper your chocolate. Tempering is when you heat and cool your chocolate so that when it sets, it's hard, shiny and comes away from the mould easily. If you simply melt your chocolate, it may be streaky or bubbly.
- When your chocolate is ready, pour it into the mould. Tilt the mould so that the chocolate runs up the sides and completely covers the inside. Use a palette knife to remove any excess from around the top of the mould.
- Put your mould in the fridge to set.
- When the chocolate has set, you can remove it from the mould. You'll know the chocolate's ready when it comes away easily.
- Once both sides of your egg are ready, put some melted chocolate around the edges to stick them together. Put it in the fridge to set again.
- When it's ready, you can either decorate it or eat it as is!
2. Have a picnic in your back garden
If we get lucky with the weather, a picnic in the back garden could be the perfect way to spend your Easter Sunday. Dig out the garden chairs or spread a blanket on the grass.
Get the whole family involved in preparing the picnic. If you have little ones, you could put them in charge of making fruit bowls or setting the picnic up outside.
3. Arrange a classic Easter egg hunt
It wouldn’t be Easter without a traditional Easter egg hunt.
If you have more than one child, you could colour coordinate the eggs you’ve hidden and give them a colour to hunt. That way, they'll end up with the same number of eggs.
Traditionally they would collect their eggs in baskets, but if you don't have any, you can just use a container or a bag.
4. Create some chocolate Easter nests
Chocolate Easter egg nests are simple and straightforward to make. You don't need to put anything in the oven either as they set in the fridge.
What you’ll need:
- 225g plain chocolate
- two tablespoons of syrup
- 50g butter
- 75g cornflakes
- 36 mini chocolate eggs
- paper cake cases
1. Melt the chocolate, butter and syrup in a large bowl and stir.
2. Add the cornflakes and mix in with the chocolate until completely covered.
3. Divide the mixture into 12 paper cases.
4. Pop 3 mini chocolate eggs on top of each nest.
5. Chill in the refrigerator for 1 hour.
5. Decorate your eggs
For this, you’ll need to boil as many eggs as you intend to decorate. Make sure you keep the egg boxes so you can use them as a stand for your eggs while you decorate them.
You can paint them, or you could use glue, glitter and felt if you have any. If you don't have any of these things, felt pens are just as good.
You could make it extra fun by awarding a prize for the best-painted egg.
6. Easter Olympics
Hold your Easter Olympics, starting with:
The age-old egg and spoon race
Give each of your competitors a hardboiled egg and a spoon. They’ll each need to stand behind the starting line and balance their egg on their spoon. Once the race begins, the idea is that the person who manages to get their egg across the finish line first (without dropping it) wins. If you drop your egg, you must stop, re-balance it on your spoon and continue with the race.
You can play this game inside on a smooth surface or outside if you've got a patio. The eggs may not roll well on grass. You'll need to hard boil an egg for the game however it might be worth boiling a couple extra if they crack. You can also paint or decorate them if you want to. Set up a few empty water bottles as bowling pins and use the eggs to knock them down. This game is competitive and fun for the whole family.
For this one, each person will need a raw egg. The game aims to throw your egg as far as you can without breaking it. If the egg breaks you’ll be disqualified. The person who throws their egg the furthest wins.
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