- DIY for Easter
The traditions of Easter are a
wonderful blend of religion and presents from "the Bunny".
Children's eyes widen as they gaze upon the bursting color of
cellophane-wrapped baskets, dyed eggs and candy...oh my, the candy!
But at the heart of every holiday, is
the warmth of family. Time spent together will become fondest
memories as the years pass. So why not set aside some of your
time for creating homemade
decorations and doing fun
Here are a few ideas:
Bake a Bunny Cake:
Select your favorite type of cake and bake two round layers.
Layer One will be the bunny's face, so just place that on a platter
and set aside. Layer Two
will become the bunny ears and bow tie. Cut Layer Two into
three pieces as shown in diagram A.
arrange the ears and bow tie as in diagram B. To finish, use
Fluffy White icing. Now, let the kids sprinkle with Flaked Coconut
the eyes, nose and center of bow tie with jelly beans. Form the
mouth and whiskers with red licorice. Add some green vegetable
coloring to an extra bag of coconut
and surround your holiday surprise with a bed of grass.
Enjoy your tasty surprise!
Create a garland:
It's always fun to decorate with garlands. Have each member of the family
draw an Easter-themed design that can be duplicated. For example, eggs,
bunnies or baskets. After cutting them out, use each as a template to make
enough to string into a garland...it couldn't be easier! Plus, each can be
personalized with special enhancements like glitter, stick-on rhinestones or
ribbon. These family treasures are the perfect touch for your Easter
Jelly Bean Contest:
Why not have a family contest
throughout the week before Easter? The
adults in the family are called the "Bean Counters" and are
in charge of counting and placing jelly beans in a clear jar.
Use another container such as a small box or tin and mark it "guesses".
Every day, all non-bean counter members of the family enter a guess as to how many jelly beans are in the jar.
include their name and anyone with more than
one guess in the container is disqualified from winning the "Daily
Prize". At the end of each day, everyone gathers for the
reading of the entries. The child closest to the actual number
of jelly beans wins a "Daily Prize" such as an Easter sticker.
Each morning, the "Bean Counters" must add to or refill the jelly
bean jar, making sure to keep track of the count. Whoever has collected the most "Daily
Prizes" by Easter wins the "Big Prize" such as a big
chocolate bunny, an Easter storybook or a week from doing chores.
And don't forget to give all of the runners-up a special prize too so that no one
feels left out for the holidays.
With a few inexpensive ideas and a little family time, you can
create that special homemade Easter every year!