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Fun Easter Activities for Children

Date Posted: 15 March 2013

Grow your own Potatoes

Now is the time to plant your potatoes, although the ground is cold and possibly frozen they can still be planted in Potato Growing Bags. This is one of the easiest ways to grow potatoes, and they will fit in the smallest space even on a balcony. Click here for more information and growing instructions. 

Sow and grow on the windowsill

There are lots of plants that you can grown on your windowsill and start off from seed, sow seeds in pots of moist compost, place in a propagator or in a warm and sunny position, check regularly and water if they start to dry out, when the seedlings are large enough transplant into larger pots and return to the windowsill to grow on and enjoy. Herbs and salad leaves are suited to growing on your windowsill, their leaves can be picked and eaten fresh and they will continue to grow to produce further crops. 

Grow speedy Cress and Mustard

Fast growing crops are best for children these include cress, mustard and micro greens they do not need potting on simply cut with scissors when ready, usually 7-14 days after sowing, and eat fresh. Simply sprinkle some seeds onto the surface of your compost, water and watch them grow. Our brightly coloured Children’s Mini Propagator Kits are the perfect introduction for your budding gardener to sow and grow seeds and will fit neatly on the windowsill. 

Bake some delicious Easter Chocolate Treats

If the Easter Bunny has been generous why not put any ‘surplus’ chocolate to good use by turning it into some lovely teatime treats, or a handy snack to take with you on a day out.
 
Here are a couple of ideas
 
Easter Tiffin
 
  • 125g Butter
  • 250g Digestive Biscuits
  • 4 tbsp Golden Syrup
  • 3 tbsp Cocoa Powder
  • 75g Raisins (or other dried fruit) *
  • 250g Easter Egg Chocolate (Milk or Plain)
  1. Line a 20cm square baking tin with baking parchment.
  2. Put the Butter, Golden Syrup and Cocoa Powder in a pan over a low heat or in a non-metallic bowl in a microwave to melt.
  3. Place the biscuits in a strong sealed bag and crush with a rolling pin to make chunky crumbs, but not a powder.
  4. Add the crushed Digestive biscuits and the Raisins to the melted mixture and stir well.
  5. Press the mixture evenly into the tin.
  6. Break the chocolate into pieces and melt in a bowl sitting over a pan of simmering water or in a non-metallic bowl in a microwave.
  7. Spread the melted chocolate over the biscuit base, leave to cool then put in the fridge to set for about an hour.

* You could also add mini marshmallows, nuts, glace cherries to your mixture.

Mini Chocolate Easter Nests
 
  • 225g Easter Egg Chocolate (Milk or Plain)
  • 125g Shredded Wheat
  • A packet of mini eggs
  1. Break the chocolate into pieces and melt in a bowl sitting over a pan of simmering water or in a non metallic bowl in the microwave.
  2. Crush the shredded wheat with your hands and stir into the melted chocolate until it is evenly coated.
  3. Spoon the mixture into bun cases making a dip in the middle to form a ‘nest’
  4. Put your mini Eggs on the top and leave to cool.
If you prefer you can make this recipe using your favourite breakfast cereal, and stir in mini marshmallows, nuts, glace cherries or raisins and top with sprinkles whilst the chocolate is wet.
 

Make a Collage Easter Card or Easter Picture

Get crafty and put your Easter Egg boxes and their colourful foil wrappers to good use by turning them into a Collage Easter Card or Easter Picture.
 
Sheep with LambYou will also need: White or coloured card, scissors, glue, crayons, felt tips
To decorate: Egg Shells, Cotton Wool, feathers, dried grasses or straw, coloured paper/tissue paper, glue, glitter, wool, string, sequins
Ideas: There are many things that you associate with Easter and Spring here are a few suggestions, Easter Eggs, Rabbits, Chicks, Daffodils, Lambs, Birds, Eggs, Nests, Frogs
 
Simply draw you outline and stick on your decorations you may need a grown-ups help using the scissors.
 

Look after the birdsBirch Log Hole Nest Box

Now that Spring is here you will notice that the birds are singing a lot more - they are pairing up and looking for somewhere to nest. Why not give them a hand by putting up some nest boxes in your garden or even better why not make your own with the Build your own Nest Box Kit, imagine the satisfaction you will have if a bird uses it to rear its young, put them up out of the way of predators but where you can see them without disturbing the birds.
Throughout the year birds really appreciate any extra bird food Me & My Birds Wild Bird Feed Making Kitthat we can give them, especially during this cold weather, why not make your own birdfood cupcakes with the Me and My Birds Wild Birds Feeding Kit and give the birds a treat - both these kits are perfect for young wildlife fans.
 

Easter Egg Hunt

There is nothing more traditional than an Easter Egg Hunt, hide some small Easter Eggs around the garden for your children and their friends to find, if the weather is unsuitable it can always be done indoors.
 

Yeominis Children's WheelbarrowEnter a Competition

Have a go at our Free Spot Spring Competition in the Family Zone for a chance to win a fabulous Yeominis Children’s Wheelbarrow and a pair of Childrens Gardening Gloves. All you need to do is grab your wellies put on a warm coat and spot 3 signs of spring then tell us what they are and where you spotted them. Click here for full details. Good Luck!
 

Whatever the weather have a fabulous Easter

 

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