With Easter this year being quite different from what we were expecting, it’s time to be creative in how we can still make it special for the people close to us, especially for the younger members of the family. We’ve put together some simple and fun activities you can organise for the little, medium or even grown-up ones in the family to get stuck into together. We've chosen the crafts to be Easter themed, but you really don’t need an egg-scuse to do them any time, they’re perfect for anyone wanting to spend an afternoon with a little more creativity and a little less waste.  

1) Upgrade your egg hunt 

There are more to egg hunts than chocolate eggs, the real fun is in searching and discovering. Did you know almost 1/3 of the weight of a traditional chocolate egg is in the packaging? Avoid the excess packaging by hiding different kinds of treats around the house, you could even use homemade snacks if you want to be totally plastic-free. Here are five easy Easter treats you can make with kids, and if they're unwrapped like this then you could create a trail clues to follow, that eventually lead to a box of the treats. If you have a garden space, you could even make it a nature hunt, and get your kids to find things like a certain type of plant or insect, different coloured stones and leaves or try to hear/see a bird. The app ‘Seek’ helps you identify different kinds of plants and animals, so you can learn about nature while you play!

2) Planting and upcycling  

Eggshells can be the perfect little containers to start growing new seeds. Simply poke a hole in the bottom of the shells for drainage and then fill each with soil and a few seeds. Spray with water to keep moist rather than pouring as they’re such small containers. Once they start to sprout and are large enough that they need to come out of the shell, you can move them into a proper pot or the ground outside.

Top tip: crack the shell to allow the roots to grow but leave it buried with your plant as it can provide lots of nutrients. If you’ve already decorated all your egg shells, don’t worry! You can get planting in the egg carton too, just cut each cup apart so you have separate little containers and follow the same steps. 

   

3) Decorate eggshells 

Got some eggs in the kitchen? You can have just as much fun decorating as cooking them, and this is a great no-waste activity to use up all the elements of your egg when shells are usually thrown straight in the bin. Simply pierce the shell with a needle and blow out the egg to use for cooking later, and then there are lots of natural dyes such as turmeric, purple cabbage and spinach you can boil the eggs with to dye them.

Top tip: you can even use the leftover water from boiling eggs to water your plants (once it's cooled of course). Then get busy with pens and stickers for extra decoration, but remember to be gentle with your eggy decorations. 

Thinking about eggs got you hungry? Check out these 5 eggy recipes perfect for your Easter brunch.


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4) Befriend local birds 

New chicks hatching is a popular image for Easter, so in the same spirit it could be nice to feed or attract some of your local birds to help support the nature around us. You can make your own easy bird feed mix using ingredients such as seeds, nuts and peanut butter, cereals (the healthy ones that are made from just grains such as shredded wheat and with no added sugar), oats and even fruit. Simply chop them up small and mix together. Different species of birds like different things so it's good to have a mix if you want to attract different kinds. If you have a garden you could leave it out for birds there with some fresh water, or you could scatter some in a local green space when walking past. 

5) Get crafty with paper and pens 

There’s plenty of fun to be had with a simple piece of paper! When sorting out the wrappers from your chocolate eggs into recyclable foil and non recyclable plastic, keep any bits of paper and cardboard and see what you can create with them. You could try learning origami shapes (chicks and bunnies of course), weave a paper basket, have a drawing competition or play pictionary, and we love these rabbit themed paper crafts – there's something for every-bunny! 

We'd love to see pictures of your Easter activities come to life, share them with #LiveSavvy so we can see. 

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