4 Ways to Celebrate Easter With Your Children

Posted By Annamaria French  
10/04/2020
00:00 AM

This year Easter will need to be celebrated at home with your children self-isolating from your extended family and friends. Below are some great ways to spend time with your children while at home.

 

Easter Egg Hunt

 

Children love going on a treasure hunt.  So why not make your Easter egg hunt a bit more interesting by creating a scavenger hunt for the children to follow.  You can make it as simple or as difficult, depending on the age of your children.

 

Here is a simple scavenger hunt:

  • Find something RED
  • Find something BLUE
  • Find a rock (a picture)                                                              
  • Find a snail (a picture)
  • Find the number 1
  • Find the number 5
  • Find a house (a picture)
  • Find a dog (a picture)
  • Find a cat (a picture)

Don't forget to place some easter eggs at each place to find.

                

                                                                                                             

Hand Print Easter Card

 

During this time where your children are unable to visit with the extended family or their friends, why not help them make some easter cards you could deliver to their letterboxes.

 

Materials

blank paper

yellow paint

orange paint

black marker pen

 

Fold your blank sheet of paper in half and then quarters. Open it up again. Put some yellow paint on your child's palm and them ask them to place their handprint in the lower quarter of the page, making sure it is further up the top of the page to leave room for the chick's legs. Let it dry and then invite your preschooler to draw some legs, feet and the beak using the orange paint. They can then draw the eyes with the black marker pen. You can even draw a border in pencil around the painting, so you child can trace around with the black marker pen.  When the painting is finished re-fold it into fours to make a card.  Now ask your child to dictate what he/she would like to write in the card. Write it on a scrap of paper so your child can then write the message in the card.

 

Finally, take your child for a drive in the car, so they can be the postman who delivers the card to their family and friends.

 

There are so many variations using their hand prints, so just experiment and see what they can create.

 

 

(photo: gluedtomycraftsblog.com)

 

Kids Recipe: Hot Cross Bun Recipe

Makes 12

WHAT YOU WILL NEED

  • 110g (1/2 cup) caster sugar
  • 2 teaspoons dried yeast
  • 250ml (1 cup) milk (at room temperature)
  • 75g butter, melted
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 600g (4 cups) plain flour, plus extra, if necessary
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon allspice
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 225g (11/3 cups) sultanas or raisins
  • 55g (1/3 cup) mixed peel

CROSSES

  • 75g (1/2 cup) plain flour

GLAZE

  • 75g (1/3 cup) caster sugar
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice

GETTING STARTED

In a small bowl, combine a large pinch of the sugar with 125ml (1/2 cup) body temperature water, then sprinkle yeast over it. Stand mixture in a draught-free place for 7 minutes or until it becomes foamy.

COMBINE YEAST MIXTURE

Combine yeast mixture in a large bowl with the milk, butter and egg and stir to combine well.

ADD INGREDIENTS

Add flour, spices, dried fruits and 1 teaspoon salt, then stir until combined and a coarse dough forms (it may be necessary to use your hands).

KNEAD DOUGH

Turn dough out onto a lightly-floured surface then, using your hands, knead dough for 10 minutes or until smooth and elastic, adding a little more flour if dough is sticky. Take care not to add too much extra flour or buns will be heavy.

LEAVE DOUGH TO PROVE

Place dough in a large, greased bowl, turning to coat, then cover with plastic wrap and leave in a draught-free place for 1 to 1 1/2 hours or until doubled in bulk.

CUT DOUGH INTO BUNS

Using your fist, gently punch dough down to deflate. Turn dough out onto a lightly-floured surface, pat into a rough round shape, then ask an adult to cut into 12 even-sized pieces with a large, sharp knife.
Roll each piece into a ball then place, 6cm or so apart, on a greased tray. Cover loosely with a kitchen towel and stand in a draughtfree place for 1 hour or until doubled in size. Grease base and side of one 58x30cm (or base and sides of two 29x16cm) baking dish(es) and pre-heat oven to 200°C. Using a metal spatula, and taking care not to deflate buns, place in dish(es), spacing them evenly apart.

ADD CROSSES AND COOK

For crosses, combine flour and 80ml (1/3 cup) water in a small bowl and stir until smooth and combined. Place mixture in a piping bag fitted with a small, plain nozzle and pipe a cross shape over the top of each bun. Bake for 20 minutes, or until golden and risen, then turn out onto a wire rack and allow to cool.

GLAZE AND SERVE

For glaze, combine sugar, lemon juice and 80ml (1/3 cup) water in a small saucepan and slowly bring to the boil, swirling pan occasionally to dissolve sugar. Simmer over medium heat for 4-5 minutes or until mixture has reduced a little and is syrupy. Cool slightly, then brush mixture over top of buns. Buns are best served on the day they are made, but they will keep, frozen, in an airtight plastic bag for up to two months.
                                                                                                          
                                                                                                       ( photo and recipe sourced: homestolove.com.au)
Visiting Family and Friends Virtually

During this time of self-isolation it's very hard to share the Easter celebrations with your family and friends. Due to modern technology and the wonderful video apps you can use, like Messenger Video, Zoom, FaceTime, Google Hangouts and HouseParty, your Easter lunch or dinner can still be shared with your loved ones online.