I love chocolate as much as the next person, probably more, but even I can see that the amount of chocolate many kids get for Easter is crazy. I am particularly concerned as my son rarely makes it through all his Easter eggs and ...you guessed it I end up eating them. So I have been hunting for alternatives to chocolate for this year as a way to at least reduce the amount of chocolate we all consume. Here are my top eight picks.
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1. Make some Easter Bunny or egg shaped cookies with your kids. Yes I know it's still sugar but it's also a fun cooking activity that you get to do together. You just need some cookie cutters in the right shapes and a recipe. These also make great presents. Here's a great Recipe from Taste.com.au.
2. Make pretend Easter eggs out of play dough and decorate with play dough in other colours. You can make eggs of all sizes and maybe even the odd bunny and chick too. Maybe a carrot as well or an Easter scene. The options are endless. Here's a great no cook play dough Recipe that I use all the time. You could also use quick drying modelling clay from Eckersley's Art Stores.
3. Make muesli or cereal bars, wrap in cellophane and decorate with Easter stickers. Again a great bonding activity through cooking and the products can be given as gifts. See here for some ideas from Taste.com.au.
4. Go to Riot Art and Craft and pick one of their Easter themed craft kits. Options include the Easter Felt Pack or Felt Bag pack, Easter Paper Shapes, Easter Die Cut Cards and Baskets, Easter Pom Pom and Sewing Kits, Easter Bunny and Chick Paper Plate kit and Easter Foam Wand kit. One year my son and I made Easter chicks out of Pom Poms and we bring them out every year.
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5. Have a modified Easter Egg Hunt where you hide the craft items around the yard as well as some chocolate eggs. Once your children found everything you can eat a couple of Easter eggs while making your craft.
6. Have a 'pin the tail on the bunny' session complete with blindfolds. Just buy a few large pieces of cardboard from your local newsagent and sketch out a bunny. Find a suitable picture to copy and even if you are not too artistic it shouldn't be too hard. It doesn't have to be perfect after all.
8. When you do buy your chocolate maybe try some good quality fair trade chocolate or Australian made boutique chocolate. These can be sourced from many places but try Biome Ecostores, Rosalie Gourmet Market, Chocolate To Die For just for a few ideas. The chocolate might cost a little more but this will encourage you to buy less. That's my theory anyway.