Easter always brings back memories of a new spring dress, a farm egg hunt at my grandparents’ and a basket filled with treats. I’ve tried to create similar joyful memories for my children and would love to share some helpful tips to make your weekend fun and also a bit healthier 🙂
I love decorating eggs! A couple yeas ago, I made the happy mistake of only buying brown eggs and couldn’t believe the beautiful rich color results – you just may have to try it this year. It’s also fun to make your own natural egg dyes. Making your own dye is fairly easy and it’s an exciting science experiment for your kids. Here are three great resources for dye recipes: MOMMYPOTAMUS, THE KITCHN, MARTHA STEWART.
If you’re not up for experimenting, then there are some great non-toxic natural dye kits you can find at your local co-op or on Amazon. Natural Earth Paint makes one and so does COLORKITCHEN.
I usually fill our baskets with just a couple sweet treats. SJAAK’S ORGANIC CHOCOLATES, from Petaluma, California, makes wonderful dairy-free/vegan chocolates that I usually get my kids for Christmas and Easter. COMPARTES is also a lovely local Los Angeles chocolatier in Brentwood that has a large selection of gourmet vegan chocolates, chocolate bunnies and honey peanut butter egg treats if you want something truly special. These two options will also ship directly to you. If you want great chocolate that only uses coconut sugar then check out treats made by LULU’S. In past years, I have also given my kids and their cousins some organic sugar and fruit juice sweetened jelly beans in their baskets called SURF SWEETS.
NON-FOOD BASKET TREATS
Here is a list of some creative non-food items that can make your child’s Easter basket special:
- FACE PAINT KIT
- SPRING PJS
- FELTING KIT
- EGG CHALK
HAPPY EASTER MOUSE
LLAMA LLAMA EASTER EGG
PETE THE CAT BIG EASTER ADVENTURE
- PAINT FILLED EGGS ON CANVAS
My boys LOVED this last year and it was really fun to hang their Pollock style paintings on the wall.
- MAGICAL PLAY-DOUGH EGGS + ANIMAL HABITATS
This is a really creative art project and could be a lovely gift – I can’t wait to try this!
- Egg on a Spoon Race
This game is a fun active activity that also helps younger children practice balance.
- Art Puzzle Hunt
Here, your children can create an Easter themed drawing or painting, cut it into puzzle pieces and then place the pieces in eggs for the egg hunt. Once the eggs are found the kids have to work together to try to find the correct puzzle pieces for their art work.
- OKRA FLOWER THANK YOU NOTES
This is a great way to use natural materials in an art project and also create something that is very functional and promotes gratitude.
I hope some of these ideas inspire you and you have a very memorable weekend – Happy Easter!
Many Wishes of Health & Gratitude,