Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Easter Ideas

Easter is just a few days away. Here's a hodge podge mix of Easter ideas for you! has great ideas to share on Candy-Free Easter Eggs for Girls, Candy-Free Easter Eggs for Boys and Candy-Free Easter Eggs for Toddlers! As well as ideas for Edible, but Candy-Free Easter Eggs!

Speaking of Candy-Free Easter...have you seen the Limited Edition HEXBUG Nano Easter eggs? We're huge HEXBUG fans at our house! These HEXBUG Nanos are packaged in a little plastic Easter egg and come wearing a pair of removable bunny ears! Love them!

I love these Mr. Potato Head Easter Bunnies too! 

My boys will be getting some candy and chocolate, but the majority of their Easter treats will not be edible. 

A few other things they'll find in their baskets:



Matchbox Cars

                                               Coloring Books

                                               Tooth brushes (Santa puts new tooth brushes in their stockings on Christmas, so it only makes sense that the Easter Bunny would put new tooth brushes in their Easter baskets.)

Do a Google search for "free Easter coloring pages" to find and print coloring pages and worksheets to keep your kids busy. These are great to help beat spring break boredom. They're also great to occupy kids while you're cooking Easter dinner. Here's a few pages we've colored in our house this week:

Dora and boots Easter Coloring Page

Winnie The Pooh Easter Coloring Page

Piglet Easter Coloring Page

Max & Ruby Easter Coloring Page 

and here are a whole bunch more free printable Easter Coloring Pages!

Do you leave milk and cookies out for Santa on Christmas Eve? How about leaving carrots and celery out for the Easter Bunny on the night before Easter? We'll also be leaving chocolate milk out for the Easter Bunny because Sean somehow got it in his head that the Easter Bunny likes chocolate milk. Now Daniel...Daniel got it in his head that the Easter Bunny is a girl. Crazy Kids. I think Easter traditions are often overlooked. Most families have tons of traditions they follow at Christmas each year, but not many for other holidays. Come up with an Easter tradition that's unique to your family. 

Quick and Easy Easter Jelly Bean Fudge Recipe...

Here's what you need: 

2 cups of white chocolate chips

(1) 16 oz. container of vanilla frosting

2 cups of the tiny jelly beans (pastel colors will look pretty in the white fudge)

Here's what you do:

1) Melt the white chocolate chips according to the package directions, usually in a saucepan over very low heat, stirring constantly until melted.

2) Add the vanilla frosting and continue stirring until mixture is smooth. Remove from the heat and let cool slightly. The fudge mix needs to still be easy to stir but not so hot as to melt the jelly beans.

3) Add the jelly beans and stir. Line a baking pan with foil and mist it with non-stick cooking spray. Pour the fudge mix into the pan, spread evenly and cool to room temperature.

4) Cover with foil and refrigerate for at least 2 hours. Remove the foil and the fudge from the pan together and place it on a cutting board. Carefully remove the foil and then cut the fudge into bite-sized pieces. This recipe should make about 3 dozen pieces. 

Carrot Science Experiment:

 All you'll need is a shallow dish, water and the top 1 inch of a carrot.

Place the carrot in the dish and add enough water to cover about half the carrot, leaving the top uncovered. Check the carrot each day to make sure the stump stays wet, add a little water if needed. In about 2 weeks time the carrot top will start to grow lacy leaves and you'll have a pretty little plant.

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