Family fun at Easter – on a budget

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Easter is such a lovely time of year.

Our gardens are springing into life, the skies are bluer, and the sun is beginning to shine. Spring is most definitely here and the world is waking up. And, of course, there is a lot of chocolate!

For many families, Easter coincides with a week or two off school for the kids, bringing with it a wonderful chance to spend some quality time together. It also leaves some parents (as all school holidays tend to) scratching their heads wondering – what can we do that doesn’t blow the budget?

Well, here are a few ideas for free Easter family fun.

In the kitchen

There is often an abundance of chocolate leftover at Easter and it is a great time to get baking.  Chocolate jazzies are so simple to make and taste delicious.

All you need

  • Chocolate to melt down
  • Hundreds and thousands
  • Baking paper

All you do is melt the chocolate in a microwave, checking every 30 seconds to see if it’s smooth. When it is ready, you simply spoon out little circles of chocolate onto baking paper about the size of 10 pence piece.

Next, you (or one of your kids) shake hundred and thousands all over the top of your chocolate circles. Pop the tray into the fridge to set and an hour or two later your Jazzies are ready.

It really is that simple! 

Out and about

For younger kids

Scouting for nature’s treasures is always so much fun and encourages even the most reluctant child to get outside!

All you need

  • An empty 12 egg box

The idea is to fill each of the egg box spaces with a different colour of fallen treasures. Have your kids search for items such as wildflowers, leaves, blossom and stones. This encourages kids to be observant on their walk and to be fully engaged with nature. Head off somewhere lovely to do your nature hunt and you could even take a picnic too. It’s great fun to make a collage or display out of the found treasures once back at home.

For older kids

Geocaching is endlessly fun and takes treasure hunting to a new level using GPS-enabled devices.  You simply follow GPS coordinates and then attempt to find the geocache (container) hidden at that location. They are not always easy to find but oh the delight when you do. Simply download the Geocaching app form the app store.

Free fun for all the family combining technology and a big dose of exercise and fresh air!

Crafting

Easter lends itself to some awesome crafting activities. Egg decorating has long been a favourite at this time of year. How about having a go at dyeing eggs?!

All you need is

  • Hard boiled eggs that are completely cold and dry
  • Kitchen towel
  • Gel food colours (not liquid)
  • Elastic bands
  • Spray water bottle containing a 1:1 mix of white wine vinegar and water (you won’t need a lot)

First squeeze drops and swirls of food colouring, in two colours or more, onto a piece of paper towel. Next, use your spray directly on the food colouring dots so they spread out., then wrap the paper towel round your egg and secure at the top with an elastic band.

Spray the egg again, squeezing it slightly so the paper transfers the dye to it. Leave for 30 minutes then unwrap. When totally dry, rub gently with vegetable oil to give your eggs a shine. This is one messy craft so I suggest gloves are used!  

There are lots of low-cost /free things to do at Easter, what matters most is spending time together. Have fun!

 

Read more from Becky over on her blog: https://family-budgeting.co.uk

 

 

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