Wednesday, March 7, 2018

10 Easter Egg Hunt Ideas

Our kids are getting older and harder keep entertained for the holidays.  A boring old fashion Easter egg just doesn't keep their interest anymore.  We love to be creative and come up with our own twist on holiday traditions.  So here's what we came up with.

We decided to have a glow in the dark egg hunt.  We thought we could use glow in the dark spray paint or duct tape. We  even wrote stuff with glow in the dark glue for the glue gun.  Just be careful not to burn or melt anything, including yourself.  We've also used glow in the dark puffy fabric paint to draw on the eggs, it comes in many different colors.  I've even seen glow in the dark wall paint.  For added fun, we thought we'd  spray paint or duct tape each child's Easter basket/bucket to glow in the dark. Click here for a more detailed earlier post on our blog and tons of ideas for different glowing items.  The kids absolutely loved it!

The kids get so much candy and sweets over the holidays, it's nice to shake things up a bit.  We did charm bracelet charms, puzzle pieces, Lego Pieces, Perler beads, etc.  Click here for a detailed earlier post on our blog.
Easter Egg Hunt

3.Give each child a colored pail and they are only allowed to collect the eggs that are their color.  Great way to keep it equal for different age groups.

4.Easter hunt using balloons instead of eggs filled with goodies, must pop the balloons to get the goodies. *NOT recommended on grass, it might pop the balloons.

5. Jokes on You!  For older kids, fill some of the eggs with really good stuff (candy, toys or prizes) and some with gross stuff (ex. slime, vegetables or gross jelly beans).

6.  Inside each egg leave a word to a sentence or sentence of a paragraph of a huge prize.  It might be that you are taking a family trip, going to a concert, getting season passes,  or buying a swimming pool type thing.  They finders find all the pieces and unscramble the message for the big surprise.

7. Put tokens inside each egg for prizes they can buy with their tokens.  For instance a squirt gun might be worth 5 tokens or eggs.

8. Let the kids hide the eggs and the adults find them.  Kids love to feel sneaky.

9. Send them on a scavenger hunt.
Click here for a fun simple one from Mom on the side.

10.  Put funny physical things they must do inside each eggs.  For example hop like a bunny or roll like an egg.
Click here for some cutouts from Teach123.

Included because not everyone knows what they are:

A traditional Easter egg hunt is for decorated hard boiled Easter eggs in a park or backyard.

A modern Easter egg hunt is for plastic eggs filled with candy in a park or backyard.  There is usually a large or golden egg with a special prize for the lucky finder.

Hope this has inspired your creative juices, for added fun mix a few hunt into one.

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Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Chicken Egg Drop Party Game

My kids love this Easter Game.  It's super easy to play and requires very little set up.  We love to play it after a good Easter egg hunt.  It would also be fun played for a Farm Lesson in school. 

You will need:

4 Easter baskets (2 must be without handles)
An Easter egg for each player (we like to do 2 turns each, so we do twice as many eggs)

How to Play:

Have the group split into two teams.
Line up the teams on one side of the room or yard.
Place a basket with enough eggs for each team member inside it in front of each team.
Place and handle-less Easter Basket on the other side of the room or yard.

Each team member must race one at a time, waddling with colored eggs between their legs or thighs, to the basket across the room or yard. No Hands!

The players must drop the egg into the basket and run back to their team.  If the egg was dropped anytime before the basket they must start over.  If the egg does not land in to Easter Basket, you must start over.

Once the player has returned, the next player can go.
Repeat until all the players have had a turn.
The first group to finish is the winner.

You can use craft eggs, plastic eggs (with or without candy), colored boiled eggs or raw eggs depending on your players.
*Raw eggs could be really messy, and possibly carry salmonella.

If you want to soften the fall, you can put Easter grass or batting in the bottom of the basket.

For an added challenge you might only count eggs that did not crack or break open.  Or whatever eggs broke count for the other team.

You can substitute the basket for sand buckets, garbage cans, etc.

This game is so much fun!
We'd love to hear about your experience.

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Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Rice Crispy Christmas Houses

We love to make some type of gingerbread type houses every year.  This year we decided to make rice crispy houses.  They are very easy and a little more manageable  for children and time restraints.

One of my daughters has a December birthday.  One year we made these same houses and another year we made rice crispy princess castles.

You'll Need:
8 cups Rice Crispies
10 oz. Marshmallows
 3 TB Butter
Graham Crackers
Royal Frosting (Powder Sugar, water, and meringue powder)
White Plates (looks like snow)
Decorator's bag and tips (cut tip off a zip lock bag to substitute)

To make the Royal Frosting mix together 4 cups powder sugar, 1TB water, 1 tsp meringue powder.
Or, just buy some off the shelf or fro the bakery.

To make your rice crispy house mix together over medium heat a small 10 oz. bag of marshmallows, 3TB. butter and 8 cups of rice crispy cereal.  Stir until marshmallows are completely dissolved. Then, a minute longer.  You want the rice crispies to be hard.  In a large 9X13 pan spread out and smooth the rice crispy mix.  Careful it's hot!!  If the sides of the pan aren't straight up flatten the sides.   Once cooled and hardened, cut into 6 pieces.  

They should be about 3X4"

With a spatula remove the rice crispy pieces from the pan.

At the halfway point cut out corners to make a house shape.

If needed, cut any excess pieces off that aren't flat. 
You want all sides at a 90 degree angle.

We used a #2 tip to decorate.
I find it easier to fill the bag using a cup.

I used a #12 tip to assemble the houses.

Pipe some frosting on the bottom of the house to adhere it to the plate.

Center the house in the middle of the plate.

Cut in half your graham crackers.

Pipe glue on the triangle top of the house.

Adhere half a graham cracker to each side.

Pipe frosting along the top to finish it off.

It's best to let it dry a few hours to harden.

To decorate gather all your candy and use the frosting to adhere them to the house. 
Almost any hard candy will work.  We love Smarties, Skittles, M&Ms, Sixlets, Gumdrops, licorice, candy canes, peppermint patties, sprinkles, and marshmallows.
You can use different tips on your frosting to pipe on designs.  Have fun and let your kids use their creativity.  Don't micromanage them.

Throwback Pictures

Burning of the Gingerbread Houses
After Christmas we lit the houses on fire.
Not the best idea. 
If you try this, take all safety precautions and Adult Supervision is a must.  We did it in the snow and away from any structures.  We had a bucket of water ready just in case.

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