We recently ran a Facebook competition asking our followers to tell us, in 25 words or less, their best fun and cost free (or low cost) way to spend time with the kids these Easter school holidays. Here is what they came up with:
1. Paint eggs
Try marbling eggs with natural dyes like beetroot and turmeric and then decorating them. Or why not paint on your favourite celebrities to create Cel-egg-rities, like Egg Sheeran, Mi-shell Pfeiffer, Margaret Hatcher and Scarlett Yolkhansen.
2. Board Game Olympics
Play a series of board games over a few days and whoever wins the most overall gets the biggest Easter egg.
3. Go through the toy box
Go through all the toys and divide them into ‘keep’ and ‘donate’. Forgotten toys get loved all over again! Hours of fun!
4. Easter egg hunt, epic style!
Conduct an epic, endurance Easter egg hunt spanning across several days or even weeks.
5. Get creative with a short story
Have your kids create their own Easter short story books and arrange to read them to kids in hospital. A great skill and a way to give back.
6. Be crafty
Create rocket ships out of recyclables, make your own play dough, draw along the footpath with chalk, or make your own paper boats and race them in a container of water. It’s a great way for kids to use their imagination.
7. Do a puzzle together
There’s nothing like a 1,000-piece puzzle on the coffee table during the holidays – great family time and a chance to talk.
8. Volunteer at a shelter
And now for some Easter poetry, we loved this one too and by volunteering at a shelter you might just come across an Easter bunny or two!
Animal shelter my kids volunteer their time
Shampoos! Blow-dries; it doesn’t cost a dime!
Training available on site
Life skills learnt with infinite delight.
Thanks to all our creative contributors who shared their egg-cellent ideas (sorry for the Easter puns). And congratulations to our top 3 winners: Meg Attwater, Markos Hasiotis and Chantelle Beaumont who will be indulging the family in a $100 worth of Haigh’s Chocolates this Easter.
Be sure to like our Facebook page to stay tuned to enter more competitions over the coming year.
Please note we have altered some of the entries for editorial purposes.
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