(FeatureSource) Of all the holidays throughout the year, Easter
has a unique charm that kids love. "Easter is synonymous with spring and
renewal," says Vicki Lansky, author of "Feed Me! I'm Yours" (Meadowbrook
"Even if kids don't get the full significance of the holiday,
they can tell it's something special," Lansky says.
creating your own baskets and going beyond the basic colored eggs to make the
day truly special. Your children will appreciate the personal touch as they take
part in the tradition.
A clean pipe cleaner
makes the ideal handle for a homemade Easter basket. Simply attach the pipe
cleaner to a rinsed margarine tub or plastic berry basket. You can weave ribbons
in and out of the baskets and add some plastic grass for effect.
an egg carton into thirds to make cute four-egg baskets. Paint each section, add
the pipe cleaner as a handle and tie it all up with a bow.
For a unique
(and edible) basket, decorate a frosted cupcake with green-tinted coconut. Use a
pipe cleaner to form the basket handle.
use hard-boiled eggs. They can take the stress of children's quick, active
Soak the eggs for at least a half hour in bowls of hot water with
food coloring. Use a different color in each bowl to achieve a rainbow of bright
After removing the eggs, let them dry. Then have your children
decorate the eggs with nontoxic magic markers. It's fun and easy to do, and it
allows your children to express their creativity.
When they are finished,
put a drop of shortening on their hands and have them rub the eggs. This will
give each egg a shine and set the color. In addition, let your kids glue on
ribbons, plastic eyes or other individualized touches. They will easily identify
who made each egg when they hunt for them.
Don't stop with Easter eggs. Make some egg-shaped cookies to
continue the theme. All you have to do is bend and shape the open end of a
cleaned six-ounce juice can into an oval. Now you have a holiday cookie cutter.
To bake the treats, use a roll of refrigerated sugar cookies or make your own
You can also create a bunny ice cream dish. To do this,
arrange three balls of vanilla ice cream on a plate. Use a large scoop for the
body, a medium one for the head and a small one for the tail. Cover the ice
cream with shredded coconut. Use jellybeans or almonds for the eyes and nose,
and arrange licorice for whiskers. The ears can be paper cutouts.
healthier Easter treat, make a bunny salad. Place a canned pear half on a bed of
lettuce. Add raisins for eyes, a strawberry for a nose and thin-sliced cheese
for ears. Toothpicks will suffice for whiskers.
Your children will love
the combination of tradition and uniqueness that your efforts bring to Easter.
And perhaps some of your new ideas will become traditions of their
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for the children in your life.
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