Last year I went out of my way to try a whole slew of Easter activities and crafts which one by one all failed. There was the egg geodes which never crystallized, the Easter Island volcano which never erupted, and the new dye method which left us with white eggs. With nothing quite turning out the way it should, I declared it the Easter of FAIL.
This year I’m already in a stressful situation (see my recent series, homeschooling through crisis for more info about that) and I quite frankly didn’t have it in me to risk another Easter of FAIL so I decided to take a new approach to the holiday. The Lazy Easter approach.
First of all, I didn’t plan a ton of holiday activities nor crafts. Cut it down the bare essentials: I filled the children’s baskets with toys and chocolate bunnies. We decorated eggs. We are participating in egg hunts. Thats it. No more needed.
Besides limiting ourselves to those three traditional Easter activities, I also cut corners on the traditions.
For example, the plastic eggs pictured above are not filled with anything. They are just a pack of empty plastic eggs that we’ve been having impromptu egg hunts with. Sometimes I hide the eggs for the kids, sometimes they hide the eggs for me. Either way, they are having fun with it. On actual Easter Sunday we will be participating in an egg hunt planned and hosted by my mother-in-law and she will be filling those plastic eggs with goodies for the grandchildren.
Another corner I cut was hard boiling the eggs before dying them. It didn’t seem necessary and my children rarely eat hard boiled eggs so I just let them paint the eggs raw.
Also, instead of making or buying dye for the eggs, I just gave the kids some watercolors and a paint brush.
The prep time for egg decorating was cut in half by using watercolor paints.
The kids still had a ton of fun.
The eggs still looked nice.
Clean up was a breeze.
And we can use the watercolor paints for other projects later on.
All in all, I think I like this better than how we usually decorate eggs.
The one place that I didn’t cut corners was the filling of the Easter baskets. I don’t like giving my children a lot of useless junk and I think Easter is a great opportunity to stock up on stuff that they can really get a lot of use out of in the up coming summer months.
They’ve used the same baskets since they were born, I find it saves money to invest in a nice one early on in life then reuse it each year.
The only candy in their baskets is their Star Wars chocolate bunnies. We bought a set of 2 walkie-talkies and have put one in each of their baskets, this will come in handy for summertime camping and nature hiking. LittleMan picked out some child-sized kitchen utensils and a small wagon for SunnyGirl, I see these eventually being added to our mud kitchen. LittleMan’s basket is filled with a new watch and Safari LTD North American Wildlife TOOB, both of which can be used in play as well as in our homeschool lessons.
I hope everyone out there is having fun gearing up for Easter, and if any of you are feeling braver than I am about trying new things this year, then I highly recommend checking out the Kid Blogger Network’s Easter Pinterest Board. This is a collaborative board with some of the best children’s activity blogs pinning their holiday ideas to it. There is something there for everyone whether you looking for a craft for you elementary school child or a sensory play activity for your infant.