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How to have fun during the Easter holidays
Easter is approaching (Sunday 16 April) and the glorious, warming weather provides a great incentive for all of us to enjoy the garden. Get the kids outdoors having fun during the school holidays now and they will form habits that will last through the summer. sugar and dairy produce that offering an Easter egg hunt isn't always the best idea. You can hide little Easter chicks around the garden instead of eggs if chocolate is a problem . Or hide some clues leading to the end treasure. Everybody loves a treasure hunt and this is the perfect time to organise one! With just a tiny bit of imagination, the opportunities are endless. It doesn't even have to involve eating chocolate. In fact so many people have intolerance to
What do you need?
Make sure everyone has a collection vessel such as a little basket or carry-bag. You can buy purpose-built bags such as these felt creations which are charming. Measuring approximately 15cm x 15cm x 8cm, they can even be used as a gift bag afterwards. You can buy them HERE for £4.95 each (+p&p).
Eggs and chicks
Of course you do need something to hide and eggs are very easy. But they don't all have to be chocolate. How about having a painting session first? You can hard-boil ordinary eggs and then paint colours and patterns on them. It's great fun and the kids will love it.
There are so many topics that can be linked to Easter, that finding things to do is really easy once you start thinking about it. Lambing events are always popular, as are visits to petting farms. This is the season of new life and there is an abundance of baby animals to enjoy!
baby animals it can become addictive! This YouTube clip is well worth a look, but it comes with a warning: you will want to see more! https://youtu.be/1LqyOX12_nQ At Chester Zoo they have lots to celebrate, including the first Bornean orangutan baby. The zoo is also home to rare giraffe babies; an Asian elephant baby and many more beautiful babies. Once you start looking at
weather. It encourages all of us to go outside and enjoy the garden, the park, the countryside or even the balcony! Easter is a time of year when there's a lot of positive feeling in the air. It's all about the
Go for a picnic!
Having fun at Easter doesn't need to be expensive. You could pack up a simple picnic and go for a walk. Perhaps look for nature's treasure along the way. Take the dog and the whole family and get everybody looking for blossom, flowers and wildlife. Hawthorn (Crataegus monogyna) is otherwise known as the May flower (Ne'er cast a clout 'till May is out') generally flowers in April these days and a sniff of the white blossom is intoxicating.
Look and draw
Get the kids engaged in the beautiful sights and sounds around them by drawing pictures. You could set them a drawing task and entice them with prizes.
Go out on bikes; set challenges; give them specific tasks and get them talking. Have you played 'word association'? It's the simplest form of fun! Then get them gardening - give the children a few plants, a trowel, a little patch of soil and some water. They'll be happy for hours.