6 ways to keep kids entertained this Easter

Keeping children busy over the Easter long weekend calls for egg-stra creativity, so the more activities you have up your sleeve the better. Here are six simple ways to make the most of time at home together and bring fresh excitement to the public holiday associated with renewal, love, and chocolatey goodness. 

 

Master the Art of the Easter Hunt  
Keen to up the ante on your Easter Sunday egg hunt? Ready-made Easter hunt packs containing miniature ‘look here’ signs and cardboard bunny footprints can get you started. Try hiding some decorative chicks in the garden for the kids to spot and create special checklist that they can check off as they go. To make the hunt more engaging, offer challenges such as ‘hop like a bunny for 30 seconds’ on scraps of paper, or provide scavenger hunt-style clues such as ‘look inside a shoe’ and put them inside coloured plastic eggs. Then build the excitement by escalating the size of the chocolate eggs they find at the end of each clue. A coloured basket each should limit the arguments about whose eggs are whose.  
Stop by Coles and Woolworths for a wide selection of popular treats including Cadbury Mini Eggs, Kinder Surprise, MaltEaster sharepacks and Lindt Chocolate Bunnies. 
Try Target, Kmart and Big W for egg hunting materials, including bunny ear headbands and foilcovered eggs of every colour. 

 

Get crafty 
Easter provides the perfect opportunity to get children colouring and crafting. From themed colouring books and paint-your-own ceramic bunny figurines to hanging decorations made with felt and coloured tissue paper. One of the simplest options is to host a competition for the best painted egg carton, but we also love involving the kids in making fluffy chicks using pom poms, pipe cleaners and goggly eyes. DIY Easter bonnets are a classic choice for a kids’ craft-ernoon, with the finished creations offering a great family photograph opportunity. 
Arts and craft materials including Easter masks, bonnets, paints and pom poms can be found at Bed Bath N’ Table and Big W

 

Get them moving 
An egg and spoon race is an essential activity for a sporty Easter Sunday, and if it’s warm enough you can always switch the eggs for tiny water balloons. A civilised game of bocce, croquet or tenpin bowling (perhaps using pins the kids have painted themselves) is a good way to go, while a bunny-shaped piñata filled with candies is sure to bring big smiles if you’re game enough for the sugar rush. 
Take your pick of outdoor games at Big W, Target and Kmart.   

 

Bake up a storm 
Once you’ve got your hot cross bun recipe down pat, letting the youngsters have a go at playing baker can help inject some extra fun into the treats for the Easter table. If the idea of making salt dough cookie decorations doesn’t appeal, you can always stick to a packaged sugar cookie mixture and let the kids get creative with food colouring. Animal-shaped cookie cutters are widely available (and one of the easiest ways to encourage interest in the culinary arts), while chocolate-setting moulds will come in handy for those wanting to add homemade eggs to the mix. Easter-themed muffin cases, a tube of edible glitter and some pre-made sugar flowers can turn a simple batch of cupcakes into an Instagram-worthy Easter spread, especially when iced using a tri-colour piping bag. Dipping strawberries in orange-coloured candy melts can make them into delicious faux carrots for the Easter bunny, and mini egg rocky road is surely one of the classic recipes of our time. 
Complete your collection of bakeware and decorating tools at Myer, Target, Big W and 1829 Solingen

 

Delight with garden party styling 
Adding some themed decorations to your Easter picnic spread or high tea will not only stoke the imaginations of the youngest attendees, it can also help grown-ups fully embrace the occasion. Pastel-coloured garlands, wreaths and bunting are a delightfully traditionally touch, but you can also pop moss bunny figurines amid vases of fresh flowers, display sweets in bunny-shaped bowls and use colourful egg cups. Limited-edition crockery, or special paper plates and napkins, will heighten the aesthetic impact, as will cutting foods like cucumber sandwiches into shapes with cookie cutters. Placemats that the kids can colour in are fun too. 
Visit Bed Bath N’ Table and Big W for everything you need to build a dreamy Easter spread. 

 

Sprinkle some cinematic magic 
After a big day of hunting, munching and creating, there are fewer better ways to wind down than cuddling up in front of a family movie. The latest PG-rated films to make it on to DVD promise as much amusement for adults as for kids, including the critically acclaimed Paddington 2, which sees our marmalade-loving hero comes up against a deliciously villainous Hugh Grant. Another must-watch if you missed it in the cinema is Goodbye Mr Robin, the bittersweet biopic of Winnie the Pooh creator A.A. Milne. For purely escapist animation try Ferdinand, about a stereotype-thwarting bull on a journey of self-discovery. 
Find these DVDs and more at JB-Hi-Fi Home.
Remember, Myer stocks quality Belgian chocolate eggs well-suited to grown-up tastes. You might also treat yourself to some hot cross bun-inspired goodies at Max Brenner Chocolate Bar