Easter holidays are a great time to spend time with your family, making memories. So we have come up with a few ways to entertain the kids this Easter break… that will also teach them life skills & leave them with lovely childhood memories.
Literally one of our favourite things to do (even as an adult), and you don’t have to be a Master Chef to do it. There are thousands of things you can bake and make. Do you have a recipe your mum or grandmother used to make? Or something you have always wanted to make but never had the time?
Just incase you can’t think what to make, here is one of our favourite recipes:
175g unsalted butter
100g caster sugar
225g plain flour
- Grease three baking trays. And (adult) pre-heat the oven to 160 degree Centigrade/ Fan 140.
- Beat the caster sugar in to the butter until the grain is less visible & the mixture becomes a paler yellow.
- Then careful fold in the flour. Before using your hands and kneading the mixture until you have made a dough.
- For round biscuits, role the mixture into a sausage shape and cut into inch wide circles.
- OR – gentle role out the mixture, until about 1 inch thick – an use cutters to create shapes.
- If you want to – you don’t have to – you can now add Demerara sugar to the edges of the biscuits.
- The biscuits will spread.. so give them space to grow – when you place them on the baking tray. Make sure it is an adult that places the biscuits in the oven, and checks the biscuits.
- Bake for 15-20minutes – until the biscuits are golden brown around the edges. They will harden slightly while they cool.
- Lift the biscuits carefully of the tray and cool on a wire rack.
Art is lovely and can be relaxing and fun. If you want an Easter twist on your artwork, try egg decorating.
First you will either need to boil and cool some eggs (if you want to eat the egg – please use edible paint) or drain the egg so that it can be drained.
To drain an egg (please be careful-adults only for the draining: Using a straight pin, carefully pierce the small end of an egg. Hold egg over a bowl. Over hole in small end, use a straw to blow out contents (don’t throw this away, use it to bake or make scrambled egg). Then rinse egg under running water. Let it drain for a few hours, overnight is best.
Next, make sure the children know to hold it carefully, or place in an egg-cup. And paint – Acrylic paint is best, with a stiff brush.
These make really special Easter decorations which can be used year-on-year. Glue string or ribbon hoop on if you want to hang them from an Easter Tree.
Okay, this can be a little bit dependant on the weather. But gardening can be a lovely thing to do on a sunny day. And something lots of little people enjoy doing. Depending on the age of your youngster, you can either let them give them simple jobs like scattering seeds. Or let them plant seedlings out. Remembering to mark out where they go.
If your garden is small or none existent, you can plant pots for the home (flowers, or herb pots for the kitchen or dining room).
Easy to grow plants that are great to plant in April include Nasturtium, Sweet Peas, Nigella (Love in a Mist) and Cosmos.
RHS website is a great place to check how and when to plant different seeds.
Have a lovely Easter holiday! And let us know what you get up to. Or if you have anything to add to our list of things to do!