How to Get the Whole Family Hopping This Easter!
Games, crafts, Kid-Friendly Recipes and More!
Social distancing continues to impact many Canadian households in different ways. This of course means that parents must keep things fresh and new while coming up with creative ways to make every special occasion even more special for the kiddos!
But, the good news is that the hunt for imaginative ways to celebrate some Easter fun with the family this year is over! Wonder® bread has 5 ways to entertain everyone at home this Easter long weekend.
1.The Easter Kindness Tree
Let’s be honest there have been a lot of adjustments for every family over the last year and finding yourself being a little short with one another may not be so out of the ordinary. That’s why the Easter Kindness Tree is such a great way for the entire family to spread some extra kindness to each other, as well as to others who you may see during your day (even it may still be online!).
Every morning, the kiddos can pick an egg off one of the Easter Kindness Tree branches, and read them out loud. The task at hand is to pass on the kindness throughout the day by sharing it with everyone in the house, family that they may see over the weekend or friends that they may want to call over the break.
How to make your Easter Kindness Tree.
What You’ll Need:
● Small tree branch
● Wrapped Easter Candy
● Different colour construction paper cut out in the shape of an egg (8-10)
● Hole punch
Building your Easter Kindness Tree.
- Place your branch in the vase, and fill the vase with candy so that the branch is anchored down by the candy.
- Cut out egg shapes from the construction paper, assigning a different colour to everyone in the family. Have each family member write one message per egg-choose to do as many as you like! Include positive message like, “You are awesome!” “You’re doing great!” “Keep Smiling!” “You are smart!” “You are important!”
- Punch a hole at the top of each construction paper egg with the hole punch.
- Use about 15cm-20cm of ribbon per egg and loop through the hole.
- Tie a knot with the ribbon, and hang that egg on the tree.
- Every morning over the long weekend, have the children choose one kindness egg off the tree and read (or help them read) the message on the egg. Remind them to not pick their own colour!
2. Easter Window Mural
A hugely popular trend for families during lockdown has been sharing window decorations. From rainbows to teddy bears, it’s nice for everyone to enjoy the creativity of others while going on their wellness walks. Making a mural of your own is actually very easy, and something the entire family can join in on.
What you’ll need:
- Acrylic or tempera paint in green and in yellow
- Paint brushes
- Construction paper of all different colours
- Clear tape
- Optional: markers, glue
How to create your window mural.
- First you’ll need to set the scene! As it's Easter, a spring theme is perfect. Use your green paint to paint grass at the bottom of the glass of your window.
- Then use your yellow paint to paint a yellow circle to represent the sun - this should be in the top left or right-hand corner of your window.
- While the paint dries, the kids can start working on their Easter eggs for the window. Use the construction paper and cut into egg shapes. They can either decorate the eggs with markers or cut other shapes from the extra construction paper and glue on their decorations.
- Once the eggs are ready, use clear tape to add them onto the window.
3. Plastic Easter Egg Toss
You can never tell what a Canadian Spring will bring and even though we’re in April, the weather may not be on board! If you’re lucky enough to get some warm spring temps get the kids outside and get everyone moving and shaking!
This plastic Easter egg toss game is quick and easy but packs a ton of fun!
What you’ll need:
- A variety of plastic Easter eggs (easy to find at a dollar store or online)
- One of the following: a basket, a bin, a bucket or hoop.
Have everyone line up about 4-5 feet away from the target (further if they are older) and toss in the eggs. At the end of each round count up how many eggs each player got into the target.
If you want to take the game up a notch, have the players spin around 3 times before tossing, or have the players blindfolded or assign points to different colours of eggs. If they happen to get certain colours in, they get additional points.
5. Do the Bunny Hop & Stop
Another great energy burner is the bunny hop & stop game. If you have the space indoors, or in the backyard, have everyone hop around like a bunny while the music is playing.
Let everyone hop around for a good 30 seconds and then stop the music. Each player needs to freeze (there is no “out”) and then turn back on the music and hop around again. There is no winner or loser in this game, but simply a silly and fun way to burn off some energy and have a great laugh while you’re at it. (which we could all use!)
6. Homemade Easter Treats
For families that love spending some time baking together, use the Easter break to create some delicious fun that the whole family can indulge in over the weekend. From cupcakes to cakes to cookies, you can find pre-mixed options in the grocery aisle for anything on your list. Grab some sprinkles, frosting and Easter candy and spend the afternoon making delectable desserts!
Check out some other great ways to get the kids into the kitchen to help with breakfast, kid-friendly lunch recipes, dinner or snacks.
If you want to keep it even easier, follow up lunch or dinner with these fun and simple Wonder® Candied Bread treats!
Wonder® Candied Bread
Prep time: 5 minutes
Cooke time: 5 minutes
Total time: 10 minutes
- 6 slices of Wonder® White Bread, crusts removed
- 1/4 cup salted butter, softened until easily spreadable
- 6 tbsp. brown sugar
- Icing sugar for serving
- Using a cookie cutter, press a shape of each slice of Wonder Bread®. Option: Use other shaped cookie cutters to cut bread into fun shapes!
- In a bowl, mix together butter and brown sugar. Spread mixture evenly over every side of the Wonder® bread slices.
- Over medium heat, heat a nonstick frying pan. Place each buttered slice, into the pan, fry until each side and the edges are golden brown. Using tongs, fry the outer edges of each slice.
- Place each slice of bread on individual plates (do not stack until cooled) to avoid slices sticking to one another.
- Sprinkle with icing sugar and serve cool or warm!
If you’d like to bring a little more whim to this Easter long weekend, change up breakfast with this easy-to-make Eggs in a Basket Wonder bread® breakfast recipe. Make a quick modification by switching out the heart cookie cutter with an oval or a bunny if you have one, and start the day off with a special Easter-inspired brekkie!
Need some inspiration for easy kid-friendly breakfast ideas using sliced bread? We have you covered! Check out these 4 Fun Kid-Friendly Breakfast Ideas Using Sliced Bread!
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