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Easter Matching Game

With Easter so early in the season I don’t want to waste any time with all the fun there is to have! This Easter Matching Game is perfect for kids of any age, but especially great for those in the preschool age range. In fact, I get to teach my daughters preschool next week and I’m using this for one of our station activities.

Easter Matching Game Printable

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No Candy Easter Ideas: Easter Rewards Printable

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No Candy Easter Reward Printable

You can use this Easter Rewards printable to minimize or completely eliminate the candy during the egg hunt this Easter. My husband and I were talking over the weekend about how October kind of starts a “candy season” and it goes through Halloween, Christmas, Valentines Day and Easter. I’m tired of all the candy in our house and so I’ll be using these along with other fun toys from the dollar store (puzzles, jump rope, sidewalk chalk, bubbles, etc.) instead of candy for our Easter Egg Hunt this year. I know our kids will get plenty of candy at Grandma’s Easter Egg hunt, so they won’t feel the dent, but I’d much rather encourage active play and fun outdoors, than eating more candy. 

I hope you find them helpful too! You could print one set for your entire family and hide them with the other eggs, or print one set for each child and mark the eggs with the first letter of their name – or hide their eggs according to color (Susan finds all the yellow eggs, Steven finds all the green). 

If you’re looking for even more fun ways to shake up your Easter Egg Hunt, check out this post I did. It has lots of fun ways to switch things up and have a hunt your kids will remember! 

Print your own set of Easter Rewards:  Easter Rewards – eventstocelebrate.net

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Easter Banner

I got a new Cricut machine this week and I’ve had so much fun playing with it! My first project is an Easter Banner and I used my Cricut to cut out a bunny stencil and the fabric pennant shapes. I love that I was able to size the bunny stencil exactly how I wanted it – especially since I could not find a bunny rabbit stencil at any of my local craft stores. 

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Easter Banner Supplies:

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– 6 Burlap (or any type of fabric you like) pennants – mine measure about 6″ x 9″
– Bunny Rabbit Stencils – I used cardstock for mine – you could also purchase a Rabbit Stencil on Amazon
Foam Paint Brushes & paper plates
Pastel Pom Poms
– Acrylic Craft Paint
– Ribbon, Buttons, Glue Gun

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Using the foam paint brushes I carefully painted one bunny on each pennant. Then after they were mostly dry I used a hot glue gun to add a pom pom tail to each one. I attached them with a glue gun to a white ric rac ribbon and added a few pastel buttons. 

IMG_0785 IMG_0784I love the finished banner! It took me about 1 hour to make and since the only thing I had to purchase was $2.50 in paint and $1.00 for pom poms it was a really affordable decoration!

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My daughter also got in on the fun. With the cut out bunnies from the stencils I made she made her own little banner for her bedroom door! 🙂 

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HAPPY EASTER!

Homemade Chocolate Covered Marshmallow Eggs

Each year my mother-in-law invites the grandchildren over to dip and decorate homemade marshmallow eggs. It takes every ounce of restraint I have to not steal all of the kids marshmallows because they really are the most delicious things I’ve ever eaten. This year I decided I would try my hand at marshmallow making and that way I would have an entire batch to eat all by myself!

Homemade Chocolate Covered Marshmallow Easter Eggs

Although I LOVE food, I’m not a super confidant cook. My MIL explained the process to me, but still unsure, I watched a video tutorial of Martha Stewart and Claire Danes making some. It looked easy enough. I followed this recipe and got the mixture successfully into my Bosch kitchen mixer.

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With 2:23 left to go my wire whisks broke from the top of the machine! I didn’t even have a chance to add the vanilla. But, I determined by a very important method – dipping my finger in it – that it still tasted super yummy! So, my estimate is that you only need to mix it for 8-10 minutes (update: I’ve made them several more times and 8 minutes seems to be perfect for my mixer), then stir in the vanilla (Update: I add the vanilla with about 3 minutes of mixing remaining). I’ll do that next time (since I was able to fix my whisks).

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The mixture was SUPER thick and getting it into the ziplock bag for piping was tricky – but I did it.  Spray the inside of your gallon bag with non-stick spray to help it slide out. It would be helpful to have one person holding the bag and the other person scooping. Alos using a large plastic cup to hold to bag is helpful.

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While it was in the mixer, I prepared my baking dish by adding about 5 – 6 cups of flour and then made indentations using a spoon. My mother in law uses a plastic Easter egg to get her shape, both work for me.

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I wasn’t sure how the soft flour would hold enough to be a mold, but it actually worked. I piped the mallows in and then pinched it off with floured fingers. Once the entire dish was filled I dusted the tops with flour and let it sit overnight to dry out.

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The next morning I dusted them off and dipped them in melted chocolate and set them on wax paper to harden. Then came the best part – tasting them! They are delicious!! I don’t care if they completely break my mixer – they are worth it!

Easter Crafts: DIY Bunny Ears

This year I wanted to get my daughter some cute bunny ears. She loved the reindeer antlers we gave her at Christmastime and she still wears them, so it is time for something new. We went to Hobby Lobby and they wanted $5 for one pair so I decided I’d make her some myself. After buying supplies we headed to the dollar store for a headband and wouldn’t you know, the dollar store was selling bunny ears for $1! Dang it. Well, I’d already bought the supplies so we picked up a headband and headed home to try our crafting skills. I like how mine turned out much better than either the ones at Hobby Lobby or the dollar store. I figured that mine cost $2 to make and they took less than 30 minutes to make (thanks to the fact that Lucy was napping).

DIY Easter Bunny Ears

Supplies:

1 sheet adhesive backed white felt (like these Stiff Adhesive Felt Sheets)
1 sheet adhesive backed pink felt
4 White chenille pipe cleaners (you can find Craft Chenille Stems here)
1 headband (like these Fabric Headbands)
Hot Glue Gun
Scissors

Here’s how I made them:

I started by bending the pipe cleaners into the shape of an ear since I knew that was as large as they could be so the pipe cleaner would fit around the outside edge.

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Then I used the bent pipe cleaner to trace around on the back side of the white felt.

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I cut 4 identical shapes from the white felt.IMG_0553

Then I peeled off the backing of each ear but left a tab about 1 inch from the bottom. I stuck two ears together to make one ear.IMG_0554

Then drew an ear shape on the pink felt and cut two from the pink felt for the inside of each bunny ear.IMG_0555

I used a hot glue gun to attach the pipe cleaner to the outside edge of the ear on both the front and the back (I wanted them extra fluffy). I peeled away the tabs I’d left on the adhesive felt, added a dab of hot glue to the headband and centered the bunny ear on the headband and wrapped the tabs around the headband. Then I peeled the adhesive backing off the pink inner ear piece and placed them on the bunny ear.

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Then I realized that I put the two ears slightly off center of the headband and realized that it would still be just as cute! 🙂

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Lucy LOVES them. She is adorable in them too, don’t you think? 🙂

DIY Easter Bunny Ears

**And because the adhesive backed felt is so stiff you don’t need cardboard or anything in the center of them to keep them upright! Bonus!!!

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Easter Egg Hunt Ideas

Growing up the youngest of nine children, my mom had to get creative with the Easter egg hunt each year. Somehow she had to engage the teenagers and delight the young children all at the same time. Then, as we all grew older she held hunts for all the grandchildren, but there are so many of them (more than 45) that it got to the point that we would hide a bunch and then scatter the candy and prizes all over the lawn and like the start of a race – let the children loose into the yard to gather treats.

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Here are 8 really fun Easter egg hunt ideas to mix things up:

–  To help avoid the “gimmies” have your children fill a basket for another child in the family. That way, as they go around looking for treats and prizes, they’ll have the other child in mind instead of rushing to gather everything for themselves.

– Hand them their first clue and send them off on a scavenger hunt with a prize/treat at each stop for each child and a clue to find the next location.

– If you’ve got teenagers, allow them to hide the items for each other. My mom did this, but underestimated the incredible hiding spots teenagers could find and we were still discovering hidden treats months after Easter. So, if you go with this, perhaps have them keep a record of what they hide where. 🙂 I also think it would be really fun to hide each item and take a picture of where it is hidden and then text it to your teen one at a time. That way they get a picture text and have to find the item before getting another text. 

– Designate a certain color of plastic egg for each child, that way you (and they) know everything is distributed equally.

– Rotten Eggs & Reward Eggs: hide a few eggs that have slips of paper with something like, “You have to scratch Mom’s back for 5 minutes before you can eat another piece of candy” or “You must empty the kitchen trash before you have another piece of candy”. I also love the idea of including reward eggs. These are great for replacing some of the candy (since there seems to be an overload at each holiday). I’ve even got a free printable that you can just cut up and include in the eggs. That way each child can find something fun they get as a reward. 

– Instead of filling the plastic eggs with candy, fill them with Monopoly money or slips of paper with a dollar amount. Then open a “store” or have a family auction for treats and prizes.

– Fill each egg with a slip of paper with a number on it, then have each treat or prize have a corresponding number. Once they’ve gathered their eggs, they can trade their papers for prizes!

– Hide some of the eggs with coin money in them and then have one golden egg that is hidden with $5.00 inside it.

Chex Mix Easter Nests

Since Easter is just around the corner, I decided to combine two of my favorite things: gooey Chex mix and Cadbury mini eggs. Typically you see cute little “nests” made out of chow mein noodles, but I think they taste like cardboard. So I set out to find something that still looked like a nest, but that I could actually swallow voluntarily. I LOVE this delicious Chex mix recipe and it made the perfect little nest for my chocolate.

Chex Mix Easter Nests

Chex Mix:

Combine in a large bowl:

1/2 box of Chex cereal (any variety)

1/2 cup Shredded sweetened coconut

1/2 cup slivered almonds

In a saucepan melt:

5 TBSP of butter

1/2 c. Karo syrup

1/2 c. Sugar

1/2 tsp. vanilla

Bring sauce to a boil and allow to boil for 1 minute while you stir it. Remove from the heat and pour over the cereal mixture and toss to coat.

Then I pressed them into muffin tins lined with cupcake wrappers and topped them with Cadbury mini eggs. Luckily, making the 24 we needed for our friends and neighbors still left about 1/2 the mixture for me and Lucy to eat! 🙂IMG_8974

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