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Published February 18th 2014
Hopping Down the Chocolateless Bunny Trail
Easter activity books make a nice alternative to sugary treats
Whether it's health consciousness for your kids, allergies, or a general distaste for the commercialism of Easter, scroll on for some eggs-cellent ideas for a fun-filled chocolate-free Easter.
In the past few years, I have tried to incorporate a level of moderation when it comes to chocolate for my 4 kids at Easter. It's all just a bit much, isn't it? Of course, to my chagrin, my eldest won his school comp and came home with a truckload of chocolate regardless, but I digress!
My kids are only 2, 2, 4, and 6 years old, so you can see why I don't need them "hopped up" (ahem) on sugar and chocolate for weeks on end following Easter. I do throw in some, and admittedly still ended up going overboard last year. I like to have some fun too, and still do a full on egg hunt, shape the pancakes like bunnies, and allow some sugary treats into the mix. By the way, if church services are a part of your Easter weekend, don't shy away from choosing an entirely different day for your family egg hunt festivities; everyone will be happier with less stress of packing everything in to one day.
It was still quite dark last year when the kids woke up, and this idea worked better than I had even imagined; a bit high-maintenance, as you can't do it too far in advance: activate some glow-stick bracelets, twist them up a bit, and stick them into some plastic eggs before hiding them around the house. Leave the lights off for the preliminary hunt! Only glowing eggs allowed! I colour code mine too, to keep one kid from getting all the goodies.
Chalk-a-lot! A quick trip to IKEA will have you loaded with chocolateless Easter gifts; they have large packages of chalk for just $0.99, Mula stacking cups for $3.99, paint brushes, bead shape sets, finger puppets, wooden trains and cars, all for just $3-$4 each. You can even pick up these extra large "PÅSKÄGG" eggs and fill them with small toys; my son loves his.
Plastic hollow eggs are available at most dollar stores, Sam's Warehouse, and Kmart around Easter. Fill with small shaped crackers, bickies, gummies, or even coupons for a special brunch or family activity. Aldi has a great selection of gummies that are free of artificial flavours and artificial colouring.
Free crochet patterns; if you're really ambitious and/or talented, have a look at these bunnylicious crochet patterns; alternatively, a search on made-it or etsy will have you jumping for Easter joy if you've got more money than time or talent will allow.
Bunnings hosts the Easter Bunny each year and sets up free crafting tables and offer up a pretty good spread of sausages, fruit, and juice. Check your local Bunnings for dates and times. If you're more inclined to staying at home, start saving up your toilet tissue rolls and try some simple crafts at home; we've whipped up some Easter Bunnies with minimal mess and minimal effort.
Other basket-stuffers can include: play-doh, bubbles, lego mini-figs, new jammies, socks, undies, stuffed toys, craft supplies, event tickets, Macca's coupons, bouncy balls, hot wheels, books, and other snack-packets such as rice wheels.
So hop to it! The chocolateless bunny trail awaits, and can still be a chalk-a-lot of fun!
What are some of the ways you celebrate Easter with your family?