Fun and easy Easter recipes, crafts, and activities you can do at home this weekend
The resurrection holidays are traditionally a time of gathering around the world. With COVID-19, many long-standing traditions are being modified, if not canceled in order to slow the spread of the disease. Despite the difference a year has made, it doesn’t mean you can’t create a little bit of magic from home.
So, in this week’s Cape Fear Weekend Blog, let’s break with tradition and jazz things up a bit.
Serve these sweet and delicious oatmeal raisin eggs instead of candy.
Worried about filling up on all that Easter candy? You are not alone. Sometimes a little less sugar is a good thing. My girlfriend makes these snacks called “Power Balls,” consisting of oats, flax seed, peanut butter, raisins, and honey. I put my own spin on it by adding none other than, chocolate. You may fill up on one or two, but it is better than eating an entire chocolate Easter Bunny.
What you will need:
- 2 cups of rolled oats
- 2 tablespoons of honey.
- 3 hefty tablespoons of peanut butter.
- ¼ cup of flax seed
- 1 teaspoon of cinnamon
- 3/4 cups of raisins.
- 1 pkg of chocolate chips
- (optional) one pkg of white chocolate chips
- Spread oats on a baking sheet and bake at 400 degrees for 5 minutes. This give your oats a nice toasty flavor and helps mix the ingredients thanks to the heat.
- Combine oats, honey, peanut butter, flax seed cinnamon and raisins in a large mixing bowl and stir.
- Grab a clump and shape it into an egg. Squeeze the mixture tightly together. If you need help forming your shape, use a plastic Easter egg form that has been washed coated with cooking spray.
- Chill your eggs for 1 hour in the refrigerator.
- Using a double boiler, or microwave in 30 second intervals, melt 1 pkg of chocolate chips.
- Once melted, and after eggs have chilled, cover eggs completely in chocolate and place on a sheet of parchment paper to harden.
- (OPTIONAL) Melt 1 pkg of white chocolate, add food coloring if desired, and place in a plastic bag. Cut a small corner off the bag and drizzle white chocolate onto eggs.
- Once cooled, place eggs in foil muffin liners and store for up to 10 days in a cool, dry place.
Short on Easter Supplies? Try these tips to enhance your goodie baskets.
Whether finances are tight, or the resources are not available, you may have to think outside the basket, so to speak. Here are a few ways you can save money.
- Make your own basket– You are not likely to find a shortage of containers in the house. Whether it is an old planter pot, a large bowl or even a bucket, do not waste your money. Use craft supplies, paint or even print-outs from your computer to create a one-of-a-kind basket, or accessories like leftover ribbon, string, or yarn to add a tasteful accent the kids will love.
- Forego the plastic Easter grass– In addition to being bad for the environment, the small strands of plastic Easter grass can create a big mess. Use construction paper, folded into small accordion-like bends, and trim off small pieces from the edge. Even white copier paper will do the trick. The white paper juxtaposed to the colorful items inside the Basket will make the contents stand out. Tissue paper is another great alternative, especially if you have a lot of it left over from wrapping presents in December.
- Add some flair to your eggs – Googly eyes, pipe cleaners, cotton balls, even basic supplies like sharpies, and white-out can help your eggs and surprises make a statement. It is all in the presentation and with some creativity and ingenuity, this Easter will be as exciting as years past, if not more!
Want to take your game to the next level? Try these inside and outside variations on the Easter Egg Hunt.
At this point, public Easter Egg hunts are out of the question for 2020. But it does not mean the fun cannot continue from home.
If you are looking for a way to keep active, consider this outdoor twist:
- Pack them with a slip of paper containing a physical act and a quantity. For example: “10 jumping jacks” or “3 cartwheels”
- Let your egg gatherers loose, and upon their return, open each egg and perform the physical activity inside.
- Add other rules and rewards as you see fit. For instance, the first person to do 50 jumping jacks wins.
If you live in an apartment, do not otherwise have access to a yard, or if Mother Nature decides to throw a curve ball, convert a room in your house into an Easter Egg Hunt Escape Room!
Here is what you will need:
- 10 plastic Easter eggs (9 for hiding and 1 with the password to get out)
- A list of 9 spots to hide your eggs that are free of hazards (i.e. flammable, chemical, sharp, heavy, or otherwise dangerous) The kid’s bedroom or play area is the best.
Players must unscramble the words to find the location of the next egg. The process repeats again until the final egg has been found and the password has been deciphered to get out of the room.
This will require a bit of leg work, and a keen attention to detail to make sure the clues are properly found. It is easiest to work backwards, but before you hide your eggs, follow these steps:
- Write down your list of locations, so you know which order the eggs should be found.
- Couch Cushion
- Television Stand
- Potted Plant
- Ice Bucket
- Coat Rack
- Linen Closet
- Dining Room Table
- Wine Rack
- Using letters or words from each location, create a word or phrase to decode for the 10th or final egg:
- Couch Cushion U
- Television Stand T
- Potted Plant O
- Ice Bucket E
- Coat Rack T
- Refrigerator E
- Linen Closet L
- Dining Room Table M
- Wine Rack
- These letters will make up your password:
Password: UTOETELM = “LET ME OUT”
- On a slip of paper, write out blank spaces for the password, and put it in the egg. Make sure to highlight or underline any letters used to create your final Password. Hide this egg in space number 9. Using the example above, it would be hidden in the Wine Rack.
- “ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ “
- For the rest of the eggs, scramble the letters in each of the words for the players to decode the next egg’s location. Using the example from above, this clue would spell out “Wine Rack”
- NEIW CRKA = “_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _”
- Put the clue into the egg and hide it in the previous space. (in this example, number 8, the Dining Room Table)
- Continue this process until all but 1 of your 10 eggs are hidden.
- You should be left with one egg, containing the first location on your list. In this example, it is the Couch Cushion. Scramble the words and place it in an egg to give to the players.
When you are ready to play the game. Blindfold the players in another room and walk them into the playing area. Leave the first egg in plain sight so they can start the game.
If you want to add more intensity or danger to the game, consider a time trial against teams or a countdown clock. Remember, it is all in good fun, and you can customize the game to make it as easy or difficult as you want.
Looking for more activities to do this weekend? Click around CapeFearWeekend.com for other crafts, recipes, and ideas to do during this unprecedented time.
Be happy and healthy, friends!
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