How is it suddenly the Easter holidays? Every week I start the week with great intentions with a plan of what I want to write about and then before I realise it, the weekend has come round again, and nothing has been posted. We’ve been doing our usual juggling act of the school holidays and work but looking round today it occurred to me that I’d spent all my planning time on birthday parties and none on Easter itself. We’re not religious particularly in our family but I do love to gather everyone together for a good feast. Once again we are headed for M’s parents so I am going to try and gather the whole extended family for some outdoor activities, which will of course have to include what is now our annual egg hunt.
I bought Pip and her cousin the little rabbit bags and we also bought them vintage cardboard egg cases in which we hide smaller eggs (note to self, need to obtain one for Buster) but you of course do not need anything special, as you can see, my niece happily used the striped paper bag that some of the eggs came in as her collection basket last year. A fun activity beforehand could be decorating a little basket with ribbons and little chicks and so on which would make fun and darling photos, but of course is not necessary. All you really need is a few kid free minutes and some wrapped eggs of different sizes. I love that these hunts can be as elaborate or elongated as desired. And even inside as necessary dictated by our glorious English weather…
We often seem to end up using Easter as a recuperation time but if the last couple of years have taught me anything, it is that children want more excitement and anything that is easy to set up but has maximum impact for the kids always goes down well. I’ve also been a little influenced by our continental and scandi friends who seem to know how to infuse Easter traditions with tasteful activities and decorations. We’ve been in Copenhagen this week and everyone seems to be participating in a way that we don’t at home.
I absolutely loved this daffodil roof that we saw at Tivoli yesterday, with Easter Eggs and bows, and olive trees hung with eggs, that it inspired me to give some Easter decorations a go when we get home, and also to be bolder with our egg hunt than simply perching eggs in nooks of trees or balanced on window ledges around the garden.
Last year, we also did a lovely Easter Egg hunt at a National Trust property nearby, which Pip loved, so we will probably try and repeat that if we have nice weather on Good Friday… and which I thoroughly recommend if you have such a thing nearby and want a day out which isn’t too taxing. Pip and her Granddad thoroughly enjoyed following all the clues round the park, doing the challenges and solving the puzzle. Last year I literally waddled round at 39 weeks pregnant: this year, baby Buster will toddle round behind her.
And a couple of tips which might be particularly handy if you have a group of children of varying ages, to ensure the older ones don’t just capture all the eggs:
- You could plan an egg hunt with a series of clues leading to each egg in turn. It would take a bit more upfront planning but we did it one year and the kids really enjoyed the clue solving element, and also adds length to the timings if you want to string out the activity somewhat.
- Eggs by colour or style – you can allocate a type to each child and hide according to age. Anything to stop them all spying the same egg at once!
- Hiding according to child height
Enjoy! I’m hoping to be back soon with some of the posts I’ve had in draft for weeks, and also some of our latest trips to Cornwall and Copenhagen. Happy Easter!