Even if you don’t celebrate the religious aspects of Easter, and even if you’re not into chocolate (though we must ask, is a chocolate-free life really what you want?), you have to admit: there’s something quite magical about seeing little ones get excited about the arrival of the Easter Bunny. Make the most of their anticipation with these fun, simple ideas.
1. Trick them with treats
Serve your kids “boiled eggs” for breakfast – they’ll be stoked when they crack the shells to find… ! This idea is pure genius, and pretty simple. Plus, you can make a lot of them and serve them as a sweet treat after lunch, too.
2. Up your pancake game
If you didn’t quite get around to making cake eggs, give your traditional Sunday morning pancake a bunny makeover. There are plenty of ways to do this, but we like (which has the added bonus of including bananas as ears, injecting some much-needed fruit on a decidedly unhealthy day!).
3. Leave a treat for the Easter Bunny
Just as you’d leave a carrot for Rudolph and a plate of treats for Santa, leave out a treat for the Easter Bunny the night before the big day. Carrots and water will do just nicely (and don’t forget to leave some telltale nibbles on the carrots!).
4. Show them the Easter Bunny came
Cut out a rabbit foot-sized template (a slightly overgrown one is more realistic, we feel) and, using it as a stencil, sprinkle around it with flour or talcum powder to show your kids where the Easter Bunny’s footprints are.
5. Plant some jelly beans
Popular with kids in America, we love the idea of planting jelly beans the night before Easter to watch them become chocolate eggs the next day.
6. Adopt a new tradition
In Mexico, clean egg shells are filled with confetti and then thrown after dinner. Messy, yes, but lots of fun (especially with a crowd). The Greek “egg crack” tradition is similarly brutal on floors, but a ton of fun, too. Everyone gets an egg (uncooked) and, taking turns, you tap on the egg of the person next to you. The first to crack is out – continue until there’s a winner.
7. Organise some Easter games
An egg hunt is a no-brainer, of course, and you can customise it for older kids by making it a scavenger hunt, giving them clues. Egg-and-spoon races are great if you’ve got lots of kids coming, and so is “egg bocce,” where everyone gets a coloured egg and tries to roll it as close as possible to the “pallimo” (a pale egg). Fun for adults, too!
8. Get crafty
Dyeing eggs can be messy for little ones, but there are lots of other ways to decorate eggs. Use a Sharpie, tattoo transfers, stickers, glitter and glue or adhesive googly eyes. Or, of course, all of the above.