With Easter this weekend, you're probably looking for ideas to entertain the kids throughout the holidays, so here at Ovenclean we wanted to help and have come up with a great Easter egg decorating activity, as well as our pick of the top ideas to keep the little ones busy.
Easter, which is the oldest and most important festival in the Christian calendar, is about celebrating the resurrection of Jesus Christ, and many also team it with festive family meals, gift-giving and Easter egg hunts. With this in mind, we thought it would be fun to decorate some of our own Easter eggs, which would make the perfect personalised, hand-crafted gift that kids will love to get involved in too. Just make sure they don't eat all the decorations before you even get started!
1. Decorate your own Easter Eggs:
Here we will be decorating pre-brought Easter eggs, but if you have the time and patience required to make your own from scratch, BBC Good Food have a great recipe for doing just that!
You will need:
- Plain Easter eggs (size and quantity is up to you)
- Mini eggs
- Chocolate buttons
- Hundreds and thousands
- 100g chocolate
- Any other edible decorations you can think of!
- Easter basket - to display the eggs in
- Clear cellophane wrapping and ribbon to package the eggs if giving as gifts
- Begin by melting the chocolate. In a bowl which is slightly larger than the top of a small saucepan, break up the chocolate into small pieces. Heat some water in the saucepan until barely simmering, place the bowl of chocolate on top (making sure the bottom of the bowl doesn't touch the water) and stir until the chocolate is melted, then remove from the heat.
- We've given you some ideas for designs above but you can now use the melted chocolate to attach the decorations to the eggs in whatever way you want!
- You will find it easier to attach some of the decorations if you wait until the chocolate has cooled down and thickened slightly, and you may need to chill the eggs as you go to set the decorations in place by simply putting it into the fridge for a few minutes.
- Once decorated, chill the eggs for a final time to keep your beautiful decoration in place :)
- If you are giving these eggs as a gift, you can either present them in a basket on some tissue paper, or buy some clear cellophane bags and tie a ribbon around the top to make the perfect Easter present!
2. Make your own Easter Cards
Get your little ones involved making their very own Easter cards for family and friends - these carrot footprints by OneKriegerChick are so cute and will prove great fun for toddlers! Then, simply stick the carrot footprints onto a plain card and personalise the inside - who wouldn't appreciate their very own hand-made card this Easter?
3. Create your own Creme Eggs:
4. Get outside and play Egg Bocce
Martha Stewart has a huge range of activities and crafts to keep the kids entertained through the Easter holidays and we thought this sounded great fun! If the weather is good, and you happen to be entertaining your children's friends, this could be the perfect activity for you - click here to find out what you need and how to play - have fun!
5. Triple Chocolate Brownie Recipe
Last, but by no means least, if you haven't had enough chocolate (and here at Ovenclean there's always room for more!), why not try out our Triple Chocolate Brownie recipe - they really are very simple to make, and taste great!
We hope you enjoy creating, baking and making this Easter, and, if you do end up with a glut of chocolate and don't know what to do with it, make sure you check out next week's blog for some fun ideas...!