Thursday, 31 March 2016

Host an Easter Egg Hunt // Holiday Activity

This year a friend and I hosted an Easter egg hunt for our children in Cabinteely Park. We found a spot that was just off the main path, far enough away from the other children at the playground, but with plenty of green space and a cool fallen tree to add an interesting visual feature. 

The moms arrived half an hour earlier to set up. We'd pre-packed approximately 60 eggs so we only had to set the eggs out and add a couple of decorations. The dads walked the kids down and followed the directional signs we'd posted along the trail.

Adorable bunny directional from Meri Meri 

The hunt was pure excitement, the absolute best moments that every child should get the opportunity to experience. It was also over in less than 10 minutes! Boy, were those kids quick- must be all the eggsersize they get! ;)

Spotted eggs in a tree branch!

An egg hunt is a fairly easy and inexpensive way to create lasting childhood memories. Here's a list of our best Egg Hunt tips...

1. Finding a Public Location
If your back garden is lacking in size, don't fret! There are so many options to host an egg hunt. Scout for locations in advance, looking for a place that is safe with minimal traffic. Avoid near playgrounds, so as to keep curious kids from being disappointed. And keep your hunt area relatively small in size, so it's easy to see everything in one quick glance.  

2. Add decorations
A couple of simple decorations can go a long way in creating a photo-worthy setting.

Recycled bunting and euro shop egg ornaments jazz up the space, if only the wind would cooperate!

3. Hiding Spots
Spread the eggs out across the grass, in the shrubbery and among the tree branches too. Hide in places that are appropriate for your age group. Keep it challenging, but also easy enough that the kids don't get discouraged if they can't find any eggs.  

Don't forget to hide eggs off the ground too. 

4. Each child needs a container
It's very difficult to collect your eggs if you've nowhere to store them. Don't forget a basket, bag or even a bucket! Check out these ridiculously cute chalkboard painted pails with chick and rabbit drawings. 

5. Group photograph before the hunt begins
Because it's easy to bribe kids with promises of chocolate!

Ready? Set? Cheese!!!!!

6. Fill those eggs
Chocolates and sweets are always a treat, but it's easy to add in some non-candy options too. Check out this post for a super simple DIY Easter Terrarium that can be reused as a bug collection jar! 

7. Use refillable plastic eggs
Add a few new ones to the mix each year but otherwise, store them for use for future hunts. Score the Easter sales too and you're already sorted for next year!  

Have you hosted an Easter Egg Hunt previously? Do you have any additional tips to include? Please let me know in the comment section below! Last year my kids and I participated in a family egg hunt that my aunts and cousins organize every year back home in Rhode Island. I'm trying to keep the tradition going across the pond here and hope I did them proud :) xx 

Two very thrilled children!

Thursday, 24 March 2016

Easter Terrarium // Kid Gift

Looking for an alternative to giving chocolate on Easter? How about this little Easter-themed terrarium? The container is a little plastic insect jar, with a built in magnifying glass for close up bug investigating! It's a perfect gift addition to your Easter egg hunts and baskets, or give them on their own to your neighbor friends. 

The best part about this gift? The total cost is less than €3!!! That's cheaper than what you'd pay for most chocolate eggs and this gift will last much longer than any sweet ever would. 

Read on to find out the super easy details to make your own Easter Terrariums.

Items needed:
-Insect collection jar with magnifying glass lid (€2 at Tiger Stores)
-Bunny figurines (.29 each at Sostrene Green) 
-Fake Grass (recycled from last year's Easter baskets)
-Decorative Tape (We always have rolls of washi tape on hand, but if you need some, check Dealz, Tiger Store or Sostrene Green)
-Glue Dots 

Step 1: Stick a glue dot to base of bunny figures and stick to bottom of the bug jar. 
Step 2: Add a bit of the fake grass and tighten lid. 
Step 3: Apply decorative tape to outside of bug jar.
Step 3: Delight a child with your creative Easter gift! 

My children loved helping put these gifts together, especially playing with the whimsical bunnies. We've made a few of these jars up to give to friends this Easter and I can't wait to see the children's reactions! Or you could add these to your Easter Egg hunt mix- how cute would they be hidden along with some eggs?

What do you like to give on Easter? Chocolate treats are always a hit, but do you have any non-candy options? Please share your ideas in the comments section below! 

Wednesday, 23 March 2016

Easter Bunny Banner // Crafts with Kids

Check out this super easy, ridiculously adorable bunny banner we made this week! It's a perfect addition to the Easter decorations in your home!

Step 1: Create a template of a basic rabbit silhouette
Step 2: Trace the template onto card stock

Step 3: Cut out several silhouettes

Plenty of colourful cutouts

Step 4: Place glue dots onto the rabbit's body

Step 5: Stick cotton balls onto the glue dots

My children loved helping stick on bunny tails!

Step 6: Arrange the silhouettes side-by-side and place string across ears
Step 7: Tape down the string to the paper ears

Hang the adorable bunnies 

Display with additional Easter decor, like these eggs hung from branches

Quick Supply List: 
  • Card Stock in several colors (we used pink, lavender, eggplant, blue and white)
  • Cotton Balls (we found the bag of pink, blue and white balls at our local Heatons for only 1.50!)
  • Glue Dots
  • Scissors
  • Pencil 
  • String or Yarn 
  • Tape

This project was super simple, using supplies we already had on hand. The kids really enjoyed sticking the tails to the bunnies. We made so many bunnies, in fact, that we hung a few of these banners throughout the house! 

Last year we had a brilliant Easter holiday, visiting family in Rhode Island. The day involved lots of handmade touches, like a bean bag toss game and a fantastic egg hunt. We also enjoyed a cute little Easter themed tea party with festive chick and bunny lanterns and making yummy Rice Krispies Eggs. I'm really looking forward to this weekend's activities, which will include an Egg Hunt, an Easter Event, and a few more arts and crafts projects while the kids are on their midterm break. Wishing all our readers a very happy Easter holiday!

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