April is one of the months that everyone looks forward to. It brings hopes of warm weather and springtime fun outside. With April also comes Easter, a holiday filled with egg designing, treasure hunts, and outside festivities for the children. While many are struggling to think of new creative ways to celebrate the holiday, you have no need to worry. We, at Sulpice Chocolat, wanted to give you more to think about than what flavors of delicious chocolate bars to gift to your family and friends. So, we have scoured the Net to help make your spring holiday, easier and funnier with some creative, fresh ideas to celebrate the holiday. Below you find activities and crafts that are appropriate for all age groups. So reload your printer with paper and get ready to amaze your children with a fun-filled Easter.
- 2-1/2-inch foam egg (sold at craft stores)
- Stiff paintbrush
- Tacky glue
- Colorful plastic beads or jewels
- 6-inch pipe cleaners
1. To make each one, first stick 3 toothpicks into one end of a 2-1/2-inch foam egg to create a temporary stand.
2. Use a stiff paintbrush to spread a thin layer of tacky glue on the egg.
3. Then sprinkle on a coating of glitter. When the glitter has set securely, glue on colorful plastic beads or jewels in a pattern of your liking. (You can use another toothpick or a pin to pick up and set the beads in place.) Allow the egg to dry completely before removing the toothpicks.
4. To make a stand for your egg, first twist together the ends of a 6-inch length of pipe cleaner to form a 1-1/2-inch-diameter ring. Now make the stand's legs. One at a time, fold 3 more 6-inch pipe cleaner pieces in half around a pencil and twist together the 2 halves, leaving an inch or so of the ends free, as shown.
5. Remove the pencil and twist the free ends around the pipe cleaner ring. Finally, bend up the loops to create the stand's feet.
This activity should be held separately from any other Easter hunt and must be prepared ahead of time. The person in charge of the hunt creates a series of hints that will lead the children from one site to another until the final prize is found. The hints are placed inside plastic Easter eggs, and the kids are given the first one to start off the fun. Write the clues in rhyme or make the clues a little bit hard to figure out. For example, for older children, one might clue an egg hidden in a grandfather clock by saying, "I'm a grandfather who might get 'ticked' at you." For younger children, you might say, "I'm a clock, taller than wide. Find the next clue, by looking inside." A special cache of candy or small toys can be the final prize.
This is a great game for the grown-ups to participate along with the kids. The players are divided into two teams. Each team is divided into two groups, one at Point A, one at Point B. The first player is given an egg in a spoon to carry from Point A to Point B. At that point the egg and spoon are handed off to the next competitor, who carries it back to Point A to the next competitor. A dropped egg means that the person carrying the egg must go back to where he or she started from. Use hard-boiled eggs unless you are willing to sacrifice a couple dozen eggs. If using raw eggs, the person who drops the egg has to go back to the starting point and get another egg. The first team to complete the relay wins.
This game is a variation of Hot Potato, which is a variation of musical chairs. Fill a plastic egg with something to give it a little weight. Tape it closed very securely. Players sit or stand in a circle. When the music starts, the players pass the "hot boiled egg" around the circle. When the music stops, the person left holding the egg is out. Play continues until only one person is left, and that person is the winner.
Put three hula hoops on the ground in a triangle pattern. If you have six hoops, you can place them in a pyramid pattern. Tell the players the point value for each hoop. The one farthest away is worth the most points. Give each participant five candy eggs to throw from behind a designated line. Each time a player throws a piece of candy which lands in a hoop, he or she gets that point value. If players are old enough to keep a running total of their points, the game can go for several rounds. Younger players can be allowed to stand closer to the hoops to make their tosses.
Here’s a tasty, colorful recipe that will make a great addition to Easter baskets or it can be a great activity to do with the kids, however I would suggest an older child to ensure safety. Don’t forgot to visit Kaboose’s website for tips and tricks on how to make a successful Chocolatescapes.
- Small eggs
- Chopstick or skewer
- Chocolate candy melts in various colors
- Plastic zipper sandwich baggies
- Lollipop sticks
- Cardboard egg carton
- Small bowl
1. Pick up an egg; poke the bottom (largest end) with an ice pick or steak knife.
2. Use your fingertips to pinch off little bits of the egg around the hole. Make the hole almost the size of a dime. (Note: Yes this seems large, but you have to get the chocolate back inside!)
3. Hold the egg over the mixing bowl, stick the chopstick up inside the egg and break the yolk. Shake the egg into the mixing bowl. Set egg shell on plate.
4. Repeat with remaining eggs.
5. Use the eggs in mixing bowl in a recipe or cook up a batch of scrambled eggs. (Yum!)
6. Take egg shells over to the sink and rinse them out.
7. Fill each egg shell with warm water and place in pan.
8. Gently cover the eggs with warm water about an inch above the tops of the eggs.
9. Place pan on stove and bring to a boil. Boil 2 minutes. Note: This step was provided by our local County Extension Food Economist to eliminate salmonella.
10. Remove pan from heat.
11. Use slotted spoon to remove egg shells, one at a time, from water. Place egg shell in strainer or on cooling rack placed in sink. (If you do not have a rack that fits in your sink, place kitchen towels on countertop and place strainer or cooling rack on towels.) Carefully (they are hot!) tip the egg to drain the water out.
12. Repeat for all egg shells.
13. Be sure to wash thoroughly anything, including your hands, which may have come in contact with the raw eggs.
14. Let egg shells dry thoroughly (overnight).
15. Place the eggs in egg cartons with the open end facing up.
16. Place a handful of melts into a microwave safe bowl and heat on 50% power for one minute. Continue for another 30 seconds (50% power) or until all pieces are melted.
17. Fill a zipper plastic bag halfway with one of the colors of melted chocolate.
18. Squeeze all the air out of the bag and push all the chocolate to one corner.
19. Twist the remaining areas of the bag around to form a mock pastry bag.
20. Snip the tip of the corner off with scissors.
21. Squeeze melted chocolate into the egg shells through the opening. Repeat with other colors to create layers.
22. Just when you think you are done you will need to firmly but carefully tap the egg carton on the table or counter to help get rid of any air pockets in the chocolate. Top off eggs with more chocolate.
23. Before the chocolate sets, be sure to stick in a lollipop stick.
24. Place the eggs into the refrigerator to set.
25. Once chocolate has set, remove the egg carton to the counter.
26. One egg at a time, carefully tap the sides of the egg on the counter.
27. Peel the egg shells off the chocolate.
28. Eat and enjoy!