It’s almost our favourite time of the year, Easter! Which gives us the perfect excuse to indulge in guilt-free chocolate eating - yippee - but it also means a lovely long bank holiday weekend with the family. While we're hoping for a lovely weekend of spring sun, you may be scratching your head to come up with some family activities if the weather doesn't go to plan, or you simply need to keep little ones entertained over the long weekend.
So you don't have to, we have searched high and low for some of the best Easter themed activities and recipes for the little ones to get stuck into. From family fun to arts and crafts, plus foodie fun, there is plenty to choose from to keep the whole family busy.
DIY bunny party hats
Get the party started with these adorable bunny party hats. They looks super impressive, but are secretly very easy to make.
You will need –
- Card, pink, white, green & yellow
- Fineliner pen
- Glue, or double-sided tape
If you want to be precise, you can use a compass to draw a 260mm circle onto some card and cut out. Or you can just as easily draw round a small plate of a similar size. Measure and trim away one-third of the circle. Bring the remainder of the circle together to make a cone, using double-sided tape to stick the ends in place.
Draw a cute bunny face (eyes, mouth and whiskers) onto the front of the hat in with a black pen. We also like to add the nose with a piece of coloured card to make it stand out.
Now draw the outline of two ears onto coloured card, then two similar shapes just slightly smaller to act as the inside shape of the ear on a different coloured card. Cut out, glue on top of each other and attach to the back of the hat. Pierce a hole on both sides of the hat, a hole punch can work perfectly for this. Thread through some elastic cord, secure with a knot and dot of glue.
Easter Bunny Cups
Make snack time cute with these fun Easter bunny cups. Your little ones will love creating fun bunny friends out of regular paper cups. Plus, these are great for filling with sweet Easter treats, or you could make fruit and veg snack time more fun by serving it up in these Easter themed cups.
You will need-
- White paper cups
- Coloured paper or cardboard
- Googly eyes
- Mini pink pom poms
- Black wire whiskers
- Cotton Ball
- Hot glue or glue dots
Draw out the outline of 2 bunny ears out of the coloured paper and cut. Make 2 smaller ovals to attach to the middle of the bunny ears. Cut out and glue onto the bunny ears. Glue the eyes to the cup.
Next, put a small dab of glue just below the nose and arrange the whiskers. Once you have the whiskers in place put a small dab of glue on the pink pom pom and put it on top of the whiskers. Now glue the bunny ears to the back of the cup. Add a fluffy cotton ball tail to the back. And fill with lots of yummy snacks.
We LOVE a good toilet roll recycle project, and this one got us in the creative spirit. Minimal materials, minimal effort but maximum fun and the end result is one that can be used so many times over and over again. 3 toilet rolls create these adorable bunny stamps that your little ones can have some serious arts and crafts fun with. We can already see the cutest Easter themed card being made with these.
You will need-
- 3 toilet rolls
- Glue (PVA or hot glue gun)
To begin, fold one side of a toilet paper roll to a sharp point. Do this with another roll, and now you have the ears. Leave the last one as a circle.
Next, glue the two ear rolls together. If you are using a hot glue gun, make sure you do this out of reach of the little ones. Then glue them to the top of the round toilet paper roll. Make sure that all of the ends line up together on at least one end (this will be the stamping side). Leave to dry.
Then pour some paint onto a paper plate, then get your little ones to dunk their bunny stamp into the paint with one end, and then press into some paper. And voila! You have the cutest little bunny staring back at you. We love to draw little eyes, nose and whiskers on them to bring them to life.
Easter Chick Sewing Craft
When we saw this, we knew we had to add it to our ultimate Easter craft list. The results are so impressive, but it really is super simply and pretty much mess free. Plus, we can see this being one that keeps your little ones entertained for hours as they loop the cotton round and round to bring their masterpiece to life, which is music to our ears!
You will need:
- Paper plates (colour, style and size of your choice)
- hole punch
- yellow string or you could use yellow ribbon
- black buttons or googly eyes
- orange and yellow felt or cardboard
- Glue (PVC glue or hot glue gun)
Begin by drawing an egg shape on your paper plate with your pencil. Poke your scissors into the centre of your paper plate (or make a slit with a craft knife) and then cut the egg shape out of the center of the plate.
Use your hole punch to punch holes around the perimeter of the egg shape. You’ll have to do this going along the shape in the center of the paper plate not from the outside edge of the plate.
Cut off several yards of yellow string. We used about 12ft for a regular size paper plate. Tape one end of the string onto the back of your paper plate. On the other end of the string wrap some tape around the end so it won’t fray when sewing. Sew your strand of yellow string through the holes in your paper plate in a random sequence, up and down, side to side and diagonal. When you reach the end of the string tape it onto the back of the paper plate.
Cut out two wings from your yellow felt or cardboard and a beak from your orange felt. Then glue on the wings, beak and two black buttons or googly eyes for eyes.
Make breakfast the highlight of their mornings with these brilliant bunny pancakes. Kids will love that it's as tasty as it is cute! If you're in a rush, rather than making the pancake mix, you can always buy a pre-made pancake batter from the supermarket. This recipe serves 2 bunnies.
You will need:
- 50g self-raising flour
- 50g wholemeal flour
- 2 small eggs, separated
- 150ml skimmed milk
- oil , for frying
- a few raisins for bunny paws, to serve (optional)
- 30g banana , sliced into rounds for the tails
- extra chopped fruit , to serve
Put both the flours into a large bowl, add the egg yolks and a little of the milk, whisking to a thick paste. Add the remaining milk, a splash at a time, to loosen the batter. (Use whole or semi-skimmed milk if cooking for under fives, dependent on age.)
In a separate bowl and using a clean whisk, whisk the egg whites until they hold stiff peaks. Gently fold the egg whites into the batter with a spatula.
Heat a large non-stick pan over a medium heat and wipe it with some oiled kitchen paper. Using a large spoon, add a generous dollop of batter to the pan in a round, for the bunny body. Add a smaller round for the head, two small ovals for feet, and two long thin strips for ears. Fit all the bunny components into the pan, or cook them in batches.
Flip the pancakes after a minute or two. Cook for another minute until golden brown.
Put the bunny body in the middle of the plate, position the head, ears and feet just overlapping to look like the back of a bunny. Add a banana slice or whipped cream for the tail, and raisins or drops of chocolate for the feet pads.
Repeat with the remaining batter. Decorate with extra chopped fruit, if you like.
Transform a boring hard boiled egg into an Easter bunny that is almost too cute to eat! They are easy to make and will be sure to put a smile on your little one's face. Follow these simple steps to create your egg bunny.
You will need:
- eggs (two eggs to make one bunny)
- black sesame seeds
- baby carrots
- fresh rosemary, chives or parsley stems
Start by hard boiling your eggs, leave to cool and then peel away the shell.
Slice one egg in half lengthwise. One half will be the bunny’s body. Place on a plate. Slice the other half in half again. These will become the ears.
Take another egg and cut it in half horizontally. One half will be the head. Use the remaining half to make two feet and a bunny tail. If the egg pieces are rolling around on the plate, slice a small bit of white off the back so they stay firmly on the plate.
Decorate the bunny with two black sesame seeds for the eyes, a slice of baby carrot cut into a triangle for the nose, and six rosemary sprigs for the whiskers.
It’s also cute to decorate the plate with a sliced baby carrot and rosemary sprig carrot.
Cut through the sugar rush from all those Easter treats with these bunny themed fruit skewers. Simply arrange all their favourite fruit onto a skewer and top with a cut out bunny fruit.
A bunny cutter will make this super easy, or you could simply use a knife to cut out the bunny shape. Melon, pineapple and watermelon work the best for the bunny topper.
Easter porridge animals
Start the day off right with their usual bowl of porridge, but with a fun Easter twist by creating cute animals out of their favourite fruit. Below is an idea for inspiration.
Have an NBS Easter
If you're steering clear from traditional chocolatey treats this Easter, we've got a whole range of lovely Easter and spring related goodies for little ones. We especially love the Olli Ella Cozy Dinkum Doll range and the all new SS22 editions are crazy cute! Featuring Bunny Moppet, Lamby Pip, Mousy Pickle and Teddy Mini you'll be sure to find the perfect lifelong friend with the perfect amount of squish for snuggles and snoozy days.